In honor of Book of Mormon, here's a pop history of religious satire

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"I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America/I am a Mormon, and a Mormon just believes," sings Elder Price in Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic musical, The Book of Mormon. And while the theological irreverence of a song like "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream," or the existential send-up of self imposed ignorance in "Turn It Off," may seem gut-bustingly revolutionary, Parker and Stone are building on a tradition of god-mocking that is as old as belief itself. From Chaucer and Voltaire, to Kevin Smith and Bill Maher, comedians have continued to pull from the bottomless well of religious satire, which never seems to run dry. And while we could spend all day sifting through the vast libraries of chuckles-at-god's-expense, here's instead a microwaved version of what's been going on in the world of spiritual sarcasm in just the last forty years.

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Monty Python's Life of Brian

In ancient Israel, public stonings were not only a necessary form of capital punishment for breaking the laws of Yahweh, but a common social ritual like tennis or cruiser bike rides. Though there were ABSOLUTELY NO WOMEN ALLOWED, as we learn in this hilarious parody of a ritual that, when you stop to consider the logistics, must have been an exhaustingly gory and time-consuming affair. Surely at least once in history some poor soul, after throwing his twenty-seventh rock to no avail, must have exclaimed "goddamn this is taking all day!" in which case he would find himself next in line for geological execution.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles

 

Period.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Funny how everyone is suddenly taking an interest at pointing out the shortcomings of the LDS church but not a damn one of these "news" outlets has the balls to point out the uber-scam that $cientology is much less to do an hour long TV special on it...

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

I want some "see'er" stones! That way I can make up some fictional angel and golden tablets. And with my see'er stones I'll be THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TRANSLATE IT. Then I can build my own empire, sorry religion! FUCKING REALLY!? I also have some Ocean Front Property in Iowa for sale if you are gullible enough to buy into Joseph Smiths Story...

IcePick
IcePick

I was going to read the article and I was encouraged by the still from SouthPark and then I realized it was 5 pages long so I decided to just write a comment instead complaining that the article is 5 pages instead of one.  We all have broadband you know.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick But the new Media Web 2.0 paradigm requires that they split their fluff pieces -- superfluous Top 10 Lists -- into ten separate pages so they can maximize "page views" -- ad revenues -- with as little content as possible.

 

Replete with oversize photos and graphics like an elementary school student trying to stretch his paltry book report into the required teacher-mandated length.

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