Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Heaven just got a little funkier?

Isaac Hayes, 1942 - 2008

Following Isaac Hayes' death this weekend, I've seen the above sentiment all over the 'spheres. It struck me as immediately ridiculous and not just because I don't believe in heaven.

Isaac Hayes was a scientologist. He worshipped either a false god (Xenu) or an idol (money). He can't possibly be going to any Christian, Jewish or Muslim heaven. But what happened to him?

Where (besides the dirt) did he go?

Luckily, we have Explainer at Slate to help us out.

The Afterlife for Scientologists
What will happen to Isaac Hayes' legendary soul?

His soul will be "born again into the flesh of another body," as the Scientology Press Office's FAQ puts it.
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The Web site also stresses that Scientologists do not believe in "reincarnation." Unlike religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, in which reincarnation functions as a kind of justice system—i.e., an individual's behavior in one life determines the caliber of the next—rebirth in Scientology is a more mechanical process. Hubbard described it as "simply living time after time, getting a new body, eventually losing it and getting a new one."
Add to this the frequently blasphemy of South Park and it's almost certain that, if the Christians are right, Isaac is smokin' in a whole different way.

I haven't seen any claims of a deathbed conversion, but at least one "100% Christian" has claimed him for the "Glory Choir". Yeah, can't wait to see Ma Theresa dancing to Chocolate Salty Balls.

***WARNING:The following paragraph links to Fox News.***

Incidentally, while Scientology may have had a serious hold on him, his friend Roger Friedman has disputed the strength of Hayes' convictions, accusing the "Church" of pressuring him to quit South Park, then quitting for him after Hayes' stroke in January 2006.
I can tell you that Hayes is in no position to have quit anything. Contrary to news reports, the great writer, singer and musician suffered a stroke on Jan. 17. At the time it was said that he was hospitalized and suffering from exhaustion.

It’s also absolutely ridiculous to think that Hayes, who loved playing Chef on "South Park," would suddenly turn against the show because they were poking fun at Scientology.
In his most recent column on the subject, Friedman all but charges Scientology with killing Hayes.
But the general consensus was that he needed the money. Without “Chef,” Isaac’s finances were severely curtailed. He had mouths to feed to home. Plus, Scientology requires huge amounts of money, as former member, actor Jason Beghe, has explained in this space. For Isaac to continue in the sect, he had to come up with funds. Performing was the only way.
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But there are a lot of questions still to be raised about Isaac Hayes’ death. Why, for example, was a stroke survivor on a treadmill by himself? What was his condition? What kind of treatment had he had since the stroke? Members of Scientology are required to sign a form promising they will never seek psychiatric or mental assistance. But stroke rehabilitation involves the help of neurologists and often psychiatrists, not to mention psychotropic drugs — exactly the kind Scientology proselytizes against.
What a bunch of fuckers.

All I know about Isaac Hayes comes from South Park and Shaft. I am utterly unqualified to make any statement about the man and his death except that I am positive he isn't in heaven, hell or another body. Anyone who didn't know the man personally should be ashamed to make any claim to the contrary.

I'll just end it with another quote from Friedman:
None of this should ever take away from who Isaac Hayes really was: a great friend, a warm congenial man with a big heart and a big laugh.
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...he was a masterful musician with a great mind and a wicked sense of humor. His loss at 65 is simply way too early and very tragic.

7 comments:

HAWG DADDY said...

thats rock n roll heaven or r&b heaven you friggin dumbass

the chaplain said...

I'll bet rock n' roll and R&B heavens are a lot more fun than gospel heaven.

bullet said...

That's great, hawg daddy, welcome to the blog. I guess I am a friggin dumbass because your comment just fills me with more questions. Are Rock n Roll heaven and R&B heaven like Cat heaven and Dog heaven? Are they related in any way with heavenly bodies or seventh heaven?

And besides, which is it? Rock or R&B? Can't be in two heavens at the same time. How would you figure your cut of the door?

Is there a Rock n Roll hell? Would AC/DC go to Rock Heaven or Rock Hell? Don't you think they would be disappointed, regardless? Ditto for Ozzie, but I don't know if he'd really notice.

HAWGDADDY said...

lol i'm glad to be here and Elvis cuts the door between rock and r&b and i don't think Jerry Lee Lewis is going to rock heaven cuz of that 13 year old cousin thing BTW I dig the rest of the blog or what i have read so far

bullet said...

Thanks a lot hawgdaddy!

DB said...

LOL, I love the warning about the FoxNews link. I would have clicked it without caution! I am shocked at how clickly people are to "claim" a person as their own when they pass away. Deathbed claims are a great example of how a group of people try and change the facts to fit their story. Though I would assume that most people saying he is "walking with Jesus" (or similar claims) don't actually realize he is a scientologist. Talk about egos!

PhillyChief said...

Whatever. He was cool once, then he sucked, and now he's dead.