Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cartoon Jihad redux and South Park and AA...

This is so ironic. Catholics are upset at an episode of South Park. I wonder if they will burn buildings and riot and kill people and stuff....?

Now, the episode in question has a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding from what appears to be her ass. Eventually, the Pope appears (yup, SP is so topical, it's the latest Pope) and announces that the statue is mensturating and that there's no miracle for a women to be doing that... Now, this wasn't the main story. Stan's dad gets arrested for drunk driving and while attending an AA meeting is told he has a "disease". He is a hypochondriac, and begins to act like he's dying. Stan has had enough and confronts the AA members:

Stan: Uh look, my dad was here yesterday and you all kinda messed him up by telling him he had a disease.
AA Member: Alcoholism is a disease.
Stan: No it, it's not... and you can't just go around saying stuff like that to people like my dad. He's kinda like a hypochondriac.

Stan goes on to reiterate that alcoholism isn't a disease...that "Cancer is a disease. My Dad just has to drink less."

Now, that's funny.

The 12 Steps program of AA is..um...odd:

1. We admitted we were powerless over
alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater
than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our
lives over to the care of God as we understood
Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral
inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to
another human being the exact nature of our
wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove
all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed,
and became willing to make amends to them
all.
9. Made direct amends to such people
wherever possible, except when to do so
would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory
and when we were wrong promptly admitted
it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation
to improve our conscious contact with God, as
we understood Him, praying only for knowledge
of His will for us and the power to carry
that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the
result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to alcoholics, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.

So, essentially, if you are an alcoholic atheist, you're shit out of luck.