August 13 in freethought history…

southparkAugust 13, 1997 – Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated comedy series South Park (based on their crude, low-budget Spirit of Christmas shorts featuring “Jesus vs. Frosty” and “Jesus vs. Santa”) premieres on the cable TV channel Comedy Central.  Having concluded its 18th season, South Park continues to satirize current events, sparing neither liberals nor conservatives, and pushing the boundaries of good taste. South Park has courted controversy, featuring school-aged children using extreme profanity, and depicting a talking turd, a menstruating Virgin Mary, and even the Prophet Muhammad as a superhero. The show has openly mocked everything from Scientology to arch-atheist Richard Dawkins (shown having a torrid affair with a transsexual schoolteacher Mrs. Garrison). South Park is currently confirmed for production through its 23rd season.

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