This has led to his frequent calls to Reverend Lovejoy ("I... It's legal here.") but he promptly turns down ("They warned me Satan would be attractive. He also once suffered hallucinogenic experiences of the Dancing Bears and Skeletons of the Grateful Dead crossing the road, as well as witnessing an entity resembling a fusion between the hammers from Pink Floyd's The Wall and the Rolling Stones' lips & tongue attempting to kiss him after drinking groovy grove juice that, unbeknownst to him, was spiked with Peyote thanks to Homer Simpson.His sons Rod and Todd are very sheltered and raised in an extremely strict climate of Christian morality, causing them to be unable to behave like all the other children in Springfield ("They're going to be eaten alive, in Middle School" Lisa once observed).Fuzzenstein." He once shaved it off, after Homer implied that people were mocking Ned's facial hair behind his back.Ned's moustache would also affect his decision to move to the town of Humbleton, PA.Ned's dogged friendship inspires the loyalty of others; when his Leftorium appeared on the verge of bankruptcy shortly after it opened, Homer arranged a George Bailey-esque bailout with the help of many people in Springfield.However, he also embodies many of the intolerant aspects of the American religious right.Upon discovering that Bart and Lisa Simpson were not baptized he immediately took it upon himself to (unsuccessfully) conduct the ceremony without their consent.
Homer seems to genuinely care for Ned, despite still expressing and often acting on feelings of loathing.
Flanders grew up in New York and was the son of "freaky beatniks" who did not discipline Ned and let him run wild. Foster, a psychiatrist, who put the young Ned through the University of Minnesota Spankalogical Protocol, which involved eight months of continuous spanking.
The treatment worked so well that it rendered Flanders unable to express any anger at all and resulted in his trademark nonsensical jabbering at moments when he was particularly close to losing his temper, causing Ned to unknowingly repress his anger.
Flanders has been shown to call Reverend Lovejoy for advice often, even over minuscule things, to the point that Lovejoy has stopped caring and has even suggested that Flanders try a different religion.
Reverend Lovejoy used to care for Flander's problems, but over the years Lovejoy became increasingly uninterested in Flanders' problems.