“Conservatives are going to have to repudiate Bush loudly, en masse, and soon — unless they want conservative to become a synonym for psychotic, criminal, and lousy at arithmetic. ” –Joseph Sobran
While getting a ride from Toronto the other day, someone in the back seat commented on an episode of South Park which really lampooned the Church of Scientology. This really surprised me since the voice of “Chef” is none other than Isaac Hayes, known to be a devout Scientologist. It made me respect Hayes more for having the sense of humour to poke fun at his own “religion” –or maybe it was indicative that Hayes secretly didn’t believe Scientological doctrine and was in it just for the career plug?
My speculations were put to rest with this article, which reports that Hayes has indeed resigned as the voice of Chef in protest against the show’s mockery of Scientologist. As Hayes put it, “Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
Yet Hayes apparently had no problem mocking Christianity or Islam or Judaism or any other of the religions speared by Southpark. Hypocrisy, thine name is Isaac Hayes!
I leave you today with this story from Bava W. It’s about reported health problems possibly connected to industrial activity near the Alberta oilsands. This is a classic case for a need for an epidemiological outbreak investigation. In fact, it’s as if the article was plucked directly from one of the questions on my doctoral comprehensive examination! Weird.