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Encyclopedia > Religion in The Simpsons

Along with politics, religion remains a major theme on the animated show The Simpsons. Much of the humor satirizes aspects of Christianity. The most religious characters on the show are Ned Flanders and Rev. Timothy Lovejoy. Flanders appears to be conservative Christian and appears to express little tolerance to other faiths. Lovejoy seems to resent the fact that the Doctor Julius Hibbert's family joined the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Springfield, while Ned tells Apu, who is a Hindu, that he might as well be praying to Hawkman. (Although in another episode, Rev. Lovejoy says to Ned Flanders, during an annoying phonecall: "Ned, have you considered any of the other major religions? They're all pretty much the same.") Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... This article contains a list of recurring characters from The Simpsons with descriptions. ... The Christian right is a term collectively referring to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of social values they deem in line with traditional Christian values in [[Western world by a wide range of commentators. ... Julius Hibbert, M.D. is a doctor and physician from the TV series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the AME Church, is a Christian denomination founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816. ... For the Simpsons episode, see $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling). ... Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Ph. ... This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional DC Comics superhero. ...


Many of the characters in the show are negatively neutral to openly hostile towards Unitarianism. An example of this would include Reverend Lovejoy offering the Simpson kids a bowl of Unitarian ice cream at a church social function. When Lisa remarks that the bowl is empty, Reverend Lovejoy indicates that is the point. It has been suggested that Unitarian Christianity be merged into this article or section. ...


In The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star, Reverend Lovejoy states that his church is actually part of "The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism." This episode also makes a Unitarian reference when Homer asks if he needs to "wail on a few Unitarians" to become Catholic. The Father, The Son, and the Holy Guest Star is the last episode of The Simpsons sixteenth season. ... The First Church of Springfield The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism is the Protestant church attended by the Simpson family on the animated American television program The Simpsons. ...


Excluding the odd reference by Reverend Lovejoy to "churches, synagogues and mosques" condemning Krusty the Clown for corrupting the young in one episode, the religion of Islam or Muslim characters have not featured heavily in the cartoon series despite the global influence of the faith. However, in the episode Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers", Homer does proclaim "I'm gonna die! Jesus, Allah, Buddha, I love you all!" when fearing for his life. In "The Seven-Beer Snitch", the Simpsons go to see "Song of Shelbyville". In the comics when Homer starts his Cruise buisness, Homer proclaims the boat as a "ship so mighty that God Himself couldn't sink it", but which is proptly sunk by Moe in an accident with the Bar drink ice. A week later, the ship is as it was with a big iron patch on the hole, but homer says that "I would liketo retract my earlier statement about God and his ship-sinking capabilities. I would also like to take this time to praise Buddha, Allah, and to a lesser extent, Ra. (He then hands a roll of cash to reverend Lovejoy, telling him to "give a good word to the man upstairs for us.") There is a lyric in the main song which says that Shelbyville is home to Christians, Muslims, and Jews "although not many of the last two". This makes a Rabbi and an Imam in attendance feel uncomfortable. Krusty also acknowledges Ramadan in his "non-denominational holiday funfest". Homer also has a conversation with his bodyguard trainer:
Trainer: Your allegiance belongs to your client! Not to your family, not to your friends, not to Moo-hamad!
Homer: Not even during Ramadan?
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Characters by religion

When asked about religion, Moe mentioned that he was "born a snakehandler" and "will die a snakehandler," further evidenced in the comics when he tried to convince Ned(recently fired from the Burns-ruled church) to consider snake-handling as his new religion(right before he got eaten by a snake). In another episode, however, he quips, "Santeria, you're the greatest!" After the cult is exposed in The Joy of Sect, Moe declares he will return to "good old fashioned voodoo." Moe also sometimes attends the Simpson family's church though, though he has also claimed to be banned from it at one point. Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... The First Church of Springfield The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism is the Protestant church attended by the Simpson family on the animated American television program The Simpsons. ... Homer the Heretic is the third episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character on the animated television series The Simpsons, and is voiced by Yeardley Smith. ... Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikāya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. ... Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, which is also a philosophy and a system of psychology. ... She of Little Faith is an episode from The Simpsons 13th season. ... This article is becoming very long. ... The Joy of Sect is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... The Father, The Son, and the Holy Guest Star is the last episode of The Simpsons sixteenth season. ... Bartholomew Jo-Jo Bart Simpson is a main character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski, more commonly known as Krusty the Clown is a fictional character in the cartoon The Simpsons. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... This article contains a list of recurring characters from The Simpsons with descriptions. ... APU may refer to: Anglia Polytechnic University, now known as Anglia Ruskin University. ... Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Lenford Lenny Leonard is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Carl Carlson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, which is also a philosophy and a system of psychology. ... Sideshow Mel, full name Melvin van Horne (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), is a minor character on the animated TV show The Simpsons. ... The 18th-century French author Baron dHolbach was one of the first self-described atheists. ... For the real-life Fat Tony, see Anthony Salerno. ... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins to the original Christian community founded by Jesus Christ and led by the Twelve Apostles, in particular Saint Peter. ... An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent either born in America or someone who has immigrated. ... The Sicilian Mafia (also referred to simply as the Mafia or Cosa Nostra), is a criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby Joseph Joe Quimby, Jr. ... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins to the original Christian community founded by Jesus Christ and led by the Twelve Apostles, in particular Saint Peter. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Irish Catholic political dynasty, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent Irish-American family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ... Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta respectively. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the most-recognized architectural symbol of Mormonism For other uses, see Mormon (disambiguation). ... Disco Stu is a fictional character from The Simpsons. ... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins to the original Christian community founded by Jesus Christ and led by the Twelve Apostles, in particular Saint Peter. ... Theres Something About Marrying is one of the most controversial episodes from the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), (Italian: Giovanni Paolo II), born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland – April 2, 2005, Vatican City) reigned as Pope of the Catholic... Professor John I. Q. Frink, Jr. ... The 18th-century French author Baron dHolbach was one of the first self-described atheists. ... ... Snake handling is a religious ritual in a small number of Christian churches in the U.S., usually characterized as rural and Pentecostal. ... Lukumí or Regla de Ocha, most widely known as Santeria, is a set of related religious systems that fuse Catholic beliefs with traditional Yorùbá beliefs. ... The Joy of Sect is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally unwritten West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. ...


The town government is secular. In 1963, a law was passed which banned praying on city property. In Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song, Superintendent Chalmers fires Acting Principal Ned Flanders when he discovers him praying over the PA system. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Look up pray in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sweet Seymour Skinners Baadasssss Song is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons fifth season, first aired on April 28, 1994. ... Superintendent Chalmers, voiced by Hank Azaria, is the superintendent of Springfields school district in The Simpsons. ... A live sound reproduction system has two main forms: A sound reinforcement system enhances the volume of the initial sound and will be designed so that as much as possible the listener will not realise that an artificial system is being used to make it easier for them to hear...


Mr. Burns has been seen in the Simpsons' church at times, although other episodes have jokingly hinted at an alliance with Satan, while other instances have suggested that he is Satan in human form. Mr. ...


Many of Springfield's residents go to the Simpson's church even though others are later portrayed as different religions.


The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism

The First Church of Springfield
The First Church of Springfield

The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism is the Protestant Christian church (a combination of Presbyterianism and Lutheranism) attended by the Simpson family on the animated American television program The Simpsons. The only known congregation is the First Church of Springfield, which most Springfielders attend. The unusually specific name is a parody of Protestant reformed churches branching off into other denominations and movements. Reverend Lovejoy is a member of the clergy of Presbylutheranism. Image File history File links Springfieldchurchsimpsons. ... Image File history File links Springfieldchurchsimpsons. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... The Church (Ecclesia) in Roman Catholic theology denotes the whole body of the faithful. ... Presbyterianism is a form of Protestant Christianity, primarily in the Reformed branch of Western Christianity, as well as a particular form of church government. ... Lutheranism is a movement within Christianity that began with the theological insights of Martin Luther in the 16th century. ... The Simpson Family The Simpson family is the title family featured in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... For the Simpsons episode, see $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling). ... -1... A denomination, in the Christian sense of the word, is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and/or doctrine. ... Christian movements are theological, political, or philosophical intepretations of Christianity that are not generally represented by a specific church, sect, or denomination. ... Voiced by Harry Shearer, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy is the local minister in the long-running animated TV show The Simpsons. ... Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. ...


Outlook on other religions

The church still remains at odds with Catholicism, its more devout members needing to have their hands re-blessed after shaking with a Catholic. Reverend Lovejoy, in "Bart Has Two Mommies," also mentions his rivalry with a local Episcopal church, and he engages in a brawl with a Catholic priest after an exchange of hostilities in "The Frying Game". Native religions, for instance those which are found in the south Pacific, are seen as inferior, and missionary activity is employed to ridicule away the beliefs of native peoples (as in the episode Missionary: Impossible). The church also has enemies on a social level, including monogamous gays and stem cells. Look up blessing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bart has Two Mommies is the fourteenth episode of the seventeenth season of The Simpsons. ... The arms of the Episcopal Church are based on the Cross of St George, a symbol of England (mother of world Anglicanism), with a saltire reminiscent of the Cross of St Andrew in the canton in reference to the historical origins of the American episcopate in the Scottish Episcopal Church. ... The Frying Game is the 21st episode of The Simpsons thirteenth season. ...


Movementarianism

The Movementarians Mass Marriage.
The Movementarians Mass Marriage.

Movementarianism, whose followers are known as Movementarians, is an evil brainwashing cult which for a brief time ensnared many of Springfields citizens in the episode The Joy of Sect. The Movementarians are led by a mysterious figure known only as "The Leader" who is seen only in portrait. Image File history File links 5F23. ... Image File history File links 5F23. ... The Joy of Sect is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ...


Recruitment

The process of getting new members involves the following steps:

  1. Get attention of potential members at airports and other public places and invite them to a free weekend retreat
  2. At said weekend retreat, show the attendees brainwashing films. Should that fail, use other techniques like feeding them low protein gruel, starting large chants or forcing them to sit before the circle of judgement.
  3. Once members are ensnared, force them to hand over their life savings and the deed to their house. Then, force them to move into the movementarian compound.

Beliefs

The Movementarian pre school
The Movementarian pre school

The Movementarians believe that their religious figurehead - The Leader - will one day open the doors of "The Forbidden Barn" and lead them to the planet of "Blisstonia" (well known for its high levels of Bliss). The Cult members live in a Movementarian compound, where they do backbreaking labor all day and watch as the Leader rides around in a Rolls Royce. Cultists are forced to perform labor for thousands of years before being able to travel to Blisstonia. The religion also includes a mass marriage in which all of its members are matched up on a printout. These marriages include same sex marriage and the marriage of parents and children. The Leader's will is actually carried out by a small group of especially devoted followers who recruit members, perform rituals (such as the mass marriage) and run the compounds. Image File history File links Eyebrow_baby. ... Image File history File links Eyebrow_baby. ... Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by: Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973) Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003) was owned by Vickers between 1980 and 1998, and after that by Volkswagen. ... Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The Leader

The Leader is a mysterious figurehead who is worshipped completely by the Cult followers. He aspires to brainwash and dominate the will of the people of Springfield and take their money. His followers try to bend others' wills to worship the leader via methods such as chanting, brainwashing videos and low protein gruel. The Leader lives in the "Forbidden Barn," and would sometimes observe the workers, while driving around in a black limo, and would wave his visible white-gloved hand to the people. In the end, it is revealed that The Leader is actually a fraud after Homer opened the doors to The Forbidden Barn. The cultists see a spaceship inside, which rises but eventually falls apart, revealing the Leader who is riding a flying bicycle filled with money bags. At first, Kent Brockman, a local news anchor, was extremely skeptical of the leader, even starting a brief expose in which an image of the Leader looking like a hick is shown. But, it turns out that the station was bought by The Leader and Kent immediately begins singing his praises. Kent Brockman is a recurring fictional character from The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ...


Resemblance to L. Ron Hubbard

The Leader bears many similarities to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology is a system of beliefs and practices created by American pulp fiction[1][2] and science fiction [3] author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as a self-help philosophy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ...

  • The Leader physically resembles Hubbard.
  • The Leader attempts to escape with the people of Springfield's money, a possible swipe at Hubbard's capitalistic tendencies.
  • An orientation video is shown at the Leader's cult, just as a similar video is shown to scientologists.
  • The cult recruiters' outfits resemble those of Sea Org.
  • Homer's signs a trillion year contract with the cult. Scientology members sign one billion year contracts when they join Sea Org.
  • Flying saucers are central to the propaganda of the cult, just as space opera is to Scientology doctrine.
  • The Leader is purported to have invented virtually everything in the world. The light in which Scientology holds Hubbard is also one of high exhaultation.[1]
  • The frequently questioned details of Hubbard's life[2][3] are parodied in the episode when Channel 6 News first shows an unflattering photo of the Leader, then a poignant one when the Movementarians gain control of the network.
  • Both the Leader and Hubbard used lawyers on the part of their respective organisations to squash dissent.

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Influences

According to the DVD commentary for the episode, the Movementarians were largely inspired by Scientology, the Jim Jones cult and the Peoples Temple, the Heaven's Gate Cult, the Raelians, the Oneida Society and Chen Tao. Also, the movementarian compound features elements from the Cult TV series The Prisoner, such as the Rover guard "balloon". The leader himself may be based on L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology is a system of beliefs and practices created by American pulp fiction[1][2] and science fiction [3] author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as a self-help philosophy. ... This article is about the cult leader; for other people named Jim Jones, see Jim Jones (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Heavens Gate was the name of a cult co-led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles until Nettles death. ... Raels first published book, the basis of the Raelian movement Raëlism is the belief system promoted by the Raëlian Movement, a religious organization which believes that scientifically advanced extraterrestrials known as the Elohim (derived from a Hebrew word appearing in the Torah) created life on Earth through... The Oneida Community was a utopian commune founded by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848 in Oneida, New York. ... Chen Tao is the name for a UFO group that originated in Taiwan. ... The Prisoner was a 1967 UK science fiction television series, starring Patrick McGoohan. ... The Rover is a fictional entity from the 1967 BBC television program known as The Prisoner. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ...


Episodes with significant religious content

Homer vs. ... Homer the Heretic is the third episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Lisa the Skeptic is the eighth episode of The Simpsons ninth season, first aired on November 23, 1997. ... The Joy of Sect is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ... She of Little Faith is an episode from The Simpsons 13th season. ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Thank God Its Doomsday is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons sixteenth season. ... The Father, The Son, and the Holy Guest Star is the last episode of The Simpsons sixteenth season. ... Simpsons Bible Stories is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons tenth season. ... Today I am A Klown is the sixth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... When a Jewish child reaches the age of maturity (12 years and one day for girls, 13 years and one day for boys) that child becomes responsible for him/herself under Jewish law; at this point a boy is said to become Bar Mitzvah (בר מצו&#1493... Simpsons Christmas Stories is the ninth episode of The Simpsons seventeenth season. ... The Monkey Suit is an episode of The Simpsons seventeenth season that aired on May 14, 2006. ... Creationism is the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in their entirety by a supernatural deity (typically God), the existence of which is presupposed. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ...

Religious affiliation of The Simpsons writers

David X. Cohen (born David Samuel Cohen) is a writer for The Simpsons and head writer and executive producer of Futurama. ... Joel H. Cohen is a writer for The Simpsons. ... George Meyer is a producer and writer for The Simpsons, and arguably the writer who has contributed the most to the show over its long run. ... Al Jean is a TV comedy writer most known for his work on The Simpsons. ... This article is about The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. ... Mike Reiss is an American TV comedy writer. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[1] in Portland, Oregon;[2] his family name is pronounced ) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons,[3] Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations named after and influenced by the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons (1496-1561). ... The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. ... The term agnosticism and the related agnostic were coined by Thomas Henry Huxley in 1869. ... The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. ... David Mirkin is an American, feature film and television director, writer and producer. ... Steve Tompkins is an American television writer. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963[2]) is an Emmy-winning American television personality best known as host of NBCs late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), (Italian: Giovanni Paolo II), born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland – April 2, 2005, Vatican City) reigned as Pope of the Catholic... Jon Vitti is a writer who is most noted for his well-received scripts for the television series The Simpsons. ... One of the few pictures of John Swartzwelder John Swartzwelder (born November 16, 1950) is a writer for the animated television series The Simpsons and a published author. ... Wallace Wolodarsky was a writer for the Simpsons during the first four seasons, all of his episodes were co-written with former writing partner Jay Kogen. ...

See also

Mr. ...

References

  1. ^ L. Ron Hubbard Site (accessed 4/15/06)
  2. ^ Corydon, Bent L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman (free online version) also by Barricade Books; Revised edition (25 July, 1992) ISBN 0-942637-57-7
  3. ^ Miller, Russell Bare-faced messiah: The true story of L. Ron Hubbard (free online version) also by publisher M. Joseph (1987) ISBN 0-7181-2764-1
  4. ^ a b September 2004 Interview in The Believer

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