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BEWARE THE FISH PEOPLE: Frank on religion (and the time Frank played the Pope)

Posted by Alex Winter (Creator)

Happy Easter, fellow freaks!

Now, for a lot of folks, today is special. But I’m pretty sure Frank himself would never have sent out a note saying “Happy Easter.” As you might know, he wasn’t much for organized religion.

One of his gripes with it was that he felt like it was a bit antithetical to intellectualism. He made this point a lot, but in 1993, in a Playboy interview, this is how he put it: “The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, all the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions.“ In classic Frank style, he felt pretty strongly about it.

That aside though, I thought today seemed like the perfect day to just remind you of the time Frank played the voice of none other than the Pope on “Ren & Stimpy.” Sorry, can’t help myself here:

We’re more than halfway through the campaign, but we’re more than halfway to $1 million and I’ve got a LOT up my sleeve! Thanks for all your support so far — stay tuned for some AWESOME announcements this week!

Alex Winter 

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    1. Ruby Red Tootsies on

      Most U.S. Citizens have no clue we are ALL tax exempt. Only a few citizens are actually statutorily required to pay the Federal Income Tax. There is no law requiring anyone to file a form 1040. The Federal Income Tax is really only required for Corporate profits & gains, Federal employees/ contractors/ elected representatives, residents in Washington D.C. and non-resident aliens. (No one else!) Who get the biggest tax breaks AND refunds? Corporations. The rest of us are considered to be "voluntary" payments, unless you are smart enough to write "EXEMPT" on your W-4 form with your employer.

    2. Chris Sharrock on

      That is very scary, and shows a lack of progress on this ball in space .Hi @V & V .

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      Vincent & Victoria Cannata on

      Still tax-exempt !
      Even Aplientolo....I mean, Scientology got 'tax-exempt' status!

    4. Chris Sharrock on

      Did the churches & the businesses run by the churches ever get taxed in the USA ?

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      Vincent & Victoria Cannata on

      "We can't be dumb if we're just following God's orders. I mean, c'mon, He WROTE this book, and in it, He says he made us to be just like Him, so, if we're dumb, then God must be dumb, and maybe even a little ugly on the side!" - FZ

    6. Chris Sharrock on

      "A nation enraptured by pure superstition"

    7. Ruby Red Tootsies on

      So was Zappa an atheist in the sense of being strictly anti-organized-religion; or was he anti-God (aka: invisible, magic man sitting on a cloud) in all forms of belief?

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      Vincent & Victoria Cannata on

      His future in 'cartoon voicing' was just STARTING!!