South Park Episode 405, “Pip,” is Pip’s Very Own Episode About His Sad Life in England

Uh, what can you say about the episode all about Pip other than, “Hmm, that’s a weird episode?” The episode is in the style of Great Expectations and is hosted by Malcolm McDowell, an English Person. Funny enough, too, is that this episode never gets reaired because, as Matt and Trey say in the DVD commentary, it is totally unpopular. But tonight for your viewing pleasure is the episode all about Pip.

Pip must make it out of his horrible life in order to win the hand of the girl he loves, Estella, and in the process he fights robotic monkeys and kills many a bunny.

Is this your favorite South Park episode? Weirdo!

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Religion in the News: Will Atheism Be Advertised on London Buses?

The Situation

The British Humanist Association has decided to run advertisements on buses that say, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” After raising more money than they expected for this endeavor, they may even get some in-bus ads going. Richard Dawkins, world renowned atheist and author of The God Delusion has supported the group.

The idea, the group claims, is to make people think. Religious posters often adorn the sides of buses, and no one gives it a second thought as these religious groups are given liberties like tax breaks and the right to never be offended and more. This group seeks to put a stop to that free ride. At the very least, they hope to make people smile and think.

Compared to the many advertisements threatening eternal damnation or salvation through Jesus, the BHA hopes that its posters will be a breath of fresh air for commuters and locals. Some local religious figures made appreciative comments about the campaign because it encourages people to engage in deep and important questions about life.

My Thoughts

On the one hand, this seems antagonistic to me – trying to get people riled up about their beliefs. On the other hand, I love riling people up about their beliefs. It’s true, religious people do think they’ve earned the right not to be offended and it’s true that they’re allowed to preach at everyone else all the time and we are subject to their nonsense way too often. Just the other day I couldn’t get through a hoard of Scientologists without taking their stupid and nonsensical flier.

Putting posters up like this could make people think because many do worry too much about the next life and God and salvation and all that jazz to live enjoyable, meaningful lives here. Not all religious people, mind you, but there are enough to make this a valid comment.

Funny enough, England seems like a silly place to do this. England has one of the least religious populations and believers in God of nearly any country in the world. It seems like this is something better suited for a generally devout country (or part of it), like middle America. I’d like to see somebody try that here. But hey, I suppose it’s only a matter of time.

What do you think? Do you like the sentiment behind the posters or do you think it’s unnecessarily antagonistic? Do you think that religion deserves the free ride it’s on?

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Around the World Pic: Westminster Abbey in London for Some Good ol’ Anglican Times

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

No, I’m not in this photo, but I did take it (or my traveling companion at the time, Jennifer, took it – forget).

I love London – it’s a great city, and I may be moving there in the summer of next year (but we’ll see). Westminster Abbey is a central part of the Anglican Church and is actually the place that, traditionally, all of the English monarchs are crowned there.

It’s a neat place right next to the Parliament and Big Ben, on the Thames and in the center of this amazing city.

Have you ever been to Westminster Abbey? London? What’d you think?

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