The following year, Major George Howson set up the Poppy Factory in Richmond, England, in which disabled servicemen were employed to make the fabric and paper blooms. Other nations soon followed suit in adopting the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance.
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According to McNab, the Poppy Factory now located in Richmond, England and Edinburgh, Scotland is still the center of poppy production, churning out as many as 45 million poppies made of various materials each year. In the United States, the tradition has developed a little differently. Instead, they wear the symbolic red flower on Memorial Day—the last Monday in May—to commemorate the sacrifice of so many men and women who have given their lives fighting for their country. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
What is interesting, however, is that the credited author is Matt Groening, the series creator, and the publisher is HarperCollins, a division of Fox. Together, this puts an imprimatur on the basically favorable view of believers that The Simpsons ' irreverent writers have been running away from for years. That is, Ned Flanders is an exemplar of good-natured and literally muscular Christianity.
You can check out Pinsky's full review at Christianity Today or another longer version in today's Wall Street Journal , including this nugget:. The "Simpsons" writers have managed to navigate the tricky space between animation and caricature in portraying Ned's Christian faith.
He has a dual, almost contradictory appeal. College-age evangelicals see many of their own well-intentioned foibles in him. And some secular viewers outside the Sun Belt suburbs and the heartland -- who may have yet to meet an evangelical in the flesh and may even be hostile to the rise of religious conservatives -- find him to be an accessible and even sympathetic exemplar of American evangelicalism.
But telling you that was just an excuse to plug an article I did for Sojourners magazine waaaay back in , titled "Don't Have a Sacred Cow, Man," in which I compare and contrast Ned Flanders and Rev. Lovejoy as representatives of incarnational vs. With his unrestricted cheerfulness and trademark habit of adding 'diddly' into the middle of a sentence, he's been both a constant thorn in Homer's side and a constant source of friendship and grace to him when needed.
While Ned is an often irritaing caricature of Christianity, he's also a largely positive one; while sometimes a little legalistic and puritanical, he is also consistent, loving father, husband, friend and neighbour. As such he's a marked contrast to pharisaical church leader Rev Tim Lovejoy; he genuinely loves God, and despite his foibles he's treated with affection by writers and fans alike.
With his future uncertain, it seems like a good moment to remember some of Ned's greatest and most memorable moments on the show; the times he's made us laugh, think, and even cry. The former Archbishop Canterbury Rowan Williams is a confirmed fan, and he's even been described by a US Catholic magazine as 'America's most famous evangelical'.
Here's a reminder of why he's quite so beloved Ned has his Eureka moment and sets up a 'Leftorium'; a mall store which sells products for left-handed people. When he shows it to Homer however, he gets jealous, and when pulling on a wishbone wishes that the store would fail and go out of business.
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That's exactly what happens, but when Flanders is plunged into debt and loses his home, Homer feels guilty, rounds up the left-handed residents of Springfield, and saves Ned and his business. Best moment: Flanders has no customers, apart from people who want to take advantage of him One of the most poignant Simpsons episodes ever sees Ned widowed when his wife Maude is killed in an accident while watching a speedway race.
In the story, entitled 'Alone Again, Natura-diddly', Maude's death causes Ned to seriously question his faith; the scene where he gets angry at God for not answering his prayers is hugely moving. He returns to church the next morning apologising profusely to God along the way and rediscovers his faith thanks to the appearance of a Christian rock band who are playing at the morning service. Maude's death even leads Homer to change his treatment of his neighbour; even offering him a kiss of friendship at the funeral.
An extended gag at the end of fourth series episode 'The Front', The Adventures of Ned Flanders is an imagined Simpsons spin-off show which focuses on the loveable zealot and his family.