Nedward "Ned" Flanders Jr. is the Simpsons family's extremely religious next door neighbor. He is a genuinely well-meaning-natured person and as is one the few in Springfield to whom that description appies. Though firmly reilgious, he can be timid and something of a pushover. He thoroughly worships God and strictly follows the Bible as literally as possible and is easily shocked when challenged on any point of dogma. He also owns the Leftorium and a home businessm, FlanCrest Enterprises, which makes religious hook rugs, He also works as member of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. Homer often dislikes Flanders for his ways of doing things and his success.