Saturday, 18 August 2007

The Simpsons: Homer's Quips on Religion; Hilarity Ensues

The Simpsons Family

As an avid cartoon fan, "The Simpsons" animated cartoon sitcom is my favorite satirical series that revolves around the Simpsons family in the fictional town of Springfield. Homer Simpson is the head of the household; a blue collar worker (he works in a nuclear plant), he is the archetypal, all American character. Rude, boisterous, and a border-line drunkard, Homer Simpson epitomizes the behavior of a "seen-it-all" middle-aged, middle-class man with a job, a wife plus a few "nice" kids.

Viewers will, without doubt, be acquainted with the ethics and outrageous behavior of Homer Simpson, whose shabby, erroneous ways are his hallmarks, and what is not often discussed about the Simpsons sitcom is the quips and sometimes nasty jokes on religion (particularly Christianity) and God. Homer's wife, Marge, often drags the whole family to church, and Homer's rants and grunts to get away from the farcical, religious functions tend to invoke a general feeling of good-natured criticism against religious fundamentalism and extremism.

In this post, I will attempt to present some standard quips from Homer Simpson.

1. On God:

"I've always wondered if there was a god. And now I know there is -- and it's me."

2. God, Milk &

"Dear Lord: The gods have been good to me. For the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here's the deal: You freeze everything the way it is, and I won't ask for anything more. If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal. In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. Thy will be done."

3. Homer, On Avarice

"Good drink... good meat... good God, let's eat!"

4. Morals of Homer Simpson

Stealing? How could you?! Haven’t you learned anything from that guy who gives those sermons at church? Captain what’s-his-name? We live in a society of laws. Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies? For fun? Well, I didn’t hear anybody laughin’, did you?”

5. Is God Superman???

"I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman!"

6. Girl Sports & The Bible

Healthy Lifestyle???

"If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to GIRLS sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such."

The Best Quote from Homer Simpson?

"Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder."


L>T said...

ha ha! that really is funny! esp. the quote about making the real god mad.

Anonymous said...

Saturday, August 4, 2007
D’oh! — The Simpsons Bible Quiz
By David Buckna

Marty said...

Fundie alert - the url from Anonymous (if you add the .htm) leads to a christian apologists site. Funny in that they put their own spin on the Simpsons that just ain't true.

Best episode ever - the one where the town changes the curriculum to creationism after Ned Flanders is appalled at finding evolution at the local museum. Partial clip here...

Marty said...

Even better. Sorry, I just found this and wanted to share... pure gold from Ricky Gervais.

BEAST said...

Lol Marty:

I tried his link, but it seems broken.

Yeah, Simpsons is fun to watch.


Marty said...

Have you seen South Park? Even more irreverent - fantastic!

breakerslion said...

"Homer Simpson epitomizes the behavior of a "seen-it-all" middle-aged, middle-class man with a job, a wife plus a few "nice" kids."

You forgot to add, "with a crayon lodged in his brain" (HOMR, episode 257, Season 12)

My favorite quote from Homer S. has nothing to do with religion, but I'll share anyway.

"Just once I'd like to be called 'Mr. Simpson' without it being immediately followed by, 'I'm going to have to ask you to leave."

The "making the real God mad" stuff reminds me: If there is in fact only one God ("Hear O Isreal, blah, blah, blah-blah), How can he be a Jealous God? (Deutoronomiasma 5:9) He is jealous of that which does not exist? Imaginary siblings? God is crazy as a shithouse rat!

Anonymous said...

For an Atheist, you surely do put alot of effort in religion.