You know what? I'm glib. I'm being very glib.

You know, it's funny... about 9 or 10 years ago, when the folks in the Heaven's Gate cult all snuffed it so they could all go join up with the aliens that were hanging out behind that comet (Hale-Bopp?), the news media was all "Yeah, they were pretty much insane." But this morning, when I was watching the Today show, Katie Couric is talking about this whole South Park/Scientology thing. She busts out her "serious" voice, the one dripping with her usual blend of false sincerity and utter BS, and asks "have the South Park creators gone too far this time?"

Now, I'm never one to promote religious intolerance of any kind, but come on people! This is not a serious story about belief-based persecution. This is a story about some folks using their cartoon show to make fun of a bunch of famous UFO cultists with more money than they reasonably know what to do with. The only difference I can see between Heaven's Gate and Scientology is that Scientologists get to keep their wieners. Allegedly.

Anyway, Comedy Central - owned by Viacom, which also owns Paramount, the studio releasing Tom Cruise's next movie, Mission Impossible 3 - pulled the episode from rerunning for the time being. And so, of course, it's already available on YouTube. Enjoy.

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