Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What Would Superman Do?

Here's why religion is bad. There's apparently an asinine debate raging on the Internet over whether Superman is supposed to be a Christian or a Jew. Seriously.

Simcha Weinstein contends that Superman and Clark Kent are a "complex symbol of immigrant identity and assimilation, the embodiment of the American Dream, as imagined by two second-generation Jewish kids." The "El" in Kal-El, Superman's real name, means "God" in Hebrew.

Stephen Skelton notes that Jor-El sends his only son Kal-El to spread good and whatnot on Earth. God the father, God the son. Kill me.

The trailer for the new Superman leans toward the latter interpretation. Here's Jor-El talking to his pride and joy: "They can be a great people. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you — my only son." Oh, Christ (so to speak).

My question for the pious is this: if Superman is supposed to be some sort of God figure, then why is he named after Nietzsche's post-theistic hero? Huh? And what's kryptonite supposed to be? Dan Brown?

Religious fanatics: stop ruining everything you touch. Thank you.
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