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"Homer the Heretic" -- 9F01, 10/9/1992 

Homer the Heretic -- 9F01, 10/9/1992 

During this episode, a theologically-frustrated homer makes up his own religion.  Called Homerism, he develops the theology after enjoying a Sunday at home, having weaseled his way out of attending church with his family.  After all, he doesn’t get anything out of attending church, and he reasons, “what if we picked the wrong religion?  Every week, we're just making God madder and madder!”  That evening, God visits Homer in a dream, reaching down from the sky (with His five-fingered hand!) and plucking the roof off the Simpsons’ house.  After God accuses Homer of abandoning the holy church, Homer defends himself:  “I'm not a bad guy!  I work hard, and I love my kids.  So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to Hell?”  God concedes that Homer has a point, and admits that even He would sometimes rather watch football on a Sunday.  The conversation segues into a discussion about football, and Homer seems to have no problem conversing comfortably with God.  After Homer complains about Reverend Lovejoy’s dreadful sermons, God offers to give the reverend a canker sore.  Marge enlists Reverend Lovejoy’s help in dealing with Homer’s apparent “blasphemy.”  It should be noted that while Homer never questions the validity of his encounter with God, his family and friends are much more dubious.  Reverend Lovejoy attempts to guide Homer by quoting from the Bible -- Matthew 7:26, which reads “a foolish man who built his house on sand.”  Not to be outdone, Homer fires back with another Bible verse off the top of his head – Matthew 21:17, which Lovejoy recites from memory as “And he left them and went out of the city into Bethany and he lodged there.”  During his last Sunday home from church, Homer’s cigar sparks a house fire and he is rescued by none other than Flanders as part of the volunteer fire department.  Reverend Lovejoy points out that God didn’t set the fire, but was present in the hearts of the volunteer firemen that responded, “be they Christian [Ned], Jew [Krusty], or… miscellaneous [Apu].”





Memorable Quotes
"Lisa, this is neither the time nor the place."
   -- Bart, telling Lisa to stop praying in church
"I, on the other hand, have been having a wonderful day, and I owe it all to skipping church!"
   -- Homer
"And what if we picked the wrong religion?  Every week, we're just making God madder and madder!"
   -- Homer
Homer: I'm not a bad guy!  I work hard, and I love my kids.  So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to Hell?
God:     [pause]  Hmm...  You've got a point there.
"You know, sometimes even I'd rather be watching football..."
   -- God, commiserating with Homer
"That Reverend Lovejoy <really> displeases Me.  I think I'll give him a canker sore."
   -- God
"Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to appear in a tortilla in Mexico."
   -- God
Lisa:    Why are you dedicating your life to blasphemy?
Homer: Don't worry, sweetheart.  If I'm wrong, I'll recant on my deathbed.
"God Himself told me I should seek a new path."
   -- Homer
"Perfect teeth.  Nice smell.  A class act, all the way."
  -- Homer, describing God
Rev. Lovejoy:  Homer, I'd like you to remember Matthew 7:26..."A foolish man  who who built his house on sand.''
Homer:          And you remember... Matthew ... 21:17!
Rev. Lovejoy: ``And he left them and went out of the city into Bethany and he    lodged there''?
Homer:          Yeah...  [regains his nerve]  Think about it!

"I was born a Snake Handler, and I'll die a Snake Handler."
   -- Moe the bartender
"Kids, let me tell you about another so-called [makes quotation marks with fingers] ``wicked'' guy.  He had long hair and some wild ideas.  He didn't
always do what other people thought was right.  And that man's name was...
I forget.  But the point is...  I forget that, too.  Marge, you know what
I'm talking about.  He used to drive that blue car?"
    -- Homer
"Please do not offer my god a peanut."
   -- Apu at the Kwik-E-Mart
"No offense, Apu, but when they were handing out religions, you musta been out taking a whiz."
  -- Homer
"Truly, this was an act of God."
  -- Lisa, about the house fire
"Hey.  Flanders is a regluar Charlie Church, and God didn't save his house.''
   -- Homer, who then sees the fire leave Flanders' house and a rainbow appear
"The Lord is venegeful.  [falls to his knees]  Oh Spiteful One, show me who to smite, and he shall be smoten!"
   -- Homer
Ned:              Homer, God didn't set your house on fire.
Rev. Lovejoy:  No, but He was working in the hearts of your friends and neighbors  when they came to your aid, be they [points to Ned] Christian, [Krusty] Jew, or [Apu] ... miscellaneous.
Apu:              Hindu!  There are 700 million of us.
Rev. Lovejoy:  Aw, that's super.
"Don't worry, Homer.  Nine out of ten religions fail in their first year."
   -- God
Homer: What's the meaning of life?
God:     Homer, I can't tell you that.  You'll find out when you die.
Homer:  I can't wait that long!
God:     You can't wait six months?

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