Parodies are funny. Sometimes they serve a larger purpose– like rooting out a fear from the human psyche. Look at Charlie Chaplin for instance, who does his moustache remind you of? Hitler. What did the long years of silent comedy actually do? It set out to and succeeded in ridiculing the Hitler phenomenon…Religious parodies too, though perhaps not at a similar scale are tools to re-think the whole supernatural ideal. One such is the Church of the SubGenius, which originated in the 80's largely on the internet and in underground pop-culture circles. The pamphlet of the Church of the SubGenuis is pure genius and reads thus:
"The Church Of The SubGenius is an order of Scoffers and Blasphemers, dedicated to Total Slack, delving into Mockery Science, Sadofuturistics, Megaphysics, Scatalography, Schizophreniatrics, Morealism, Sarcastrophy, Cynisacreligion, Apocolyptionomy, ESPectorationalism, Hypno-Pediatrics, Subliminalism, Satyriology, Disto-Utopianity, Sardonicology, Facetiouism, Ridiculophagy, and Miscellaneous Theology." Much of this is a parody of the new age terms and organised religion, a refuge for people who cannot be a part of the mainstream…. Ahem! The Church of SubGenius further is the only for-profit religious organisation that claims to be "Proud to pay its taxes", making people pay to become lifetime members! 🙂 One of funniest that I've seen is Monty Python's Life of Brian.
Then there is the Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, it is typically depicted as a clump of tangled spaghetti with two eyestalks, two meatballs, and many "noodly appendages," here in a parody of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, featured much on Boing Boing…. :D. This came at a time when George Bush was seriously considering offering 'intelligent design' as a companion course to evolution. Much like offering astrology as a science in India not so long ago….
Anyway the point being that I am a sworn devotee of the Invisible Pink Unicorn Cult. The cult is as Steve Eley describes " "Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of great spiritual power. We know this because they are capable of being invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can't see them."…. Yeah! Its a reminiscence of the atheistic days. That was before love happened. 😀