Monday, March 13, 2006

Hello, Children!

Chef's gonna quit the show.

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

“Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored,” he continued. “As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
His character sings about sucking on balls, whores himself out for money, and tries to help the kids get away with gang raping and murdering their teacher, and now he's offended all of a sudden? It's almost as if he learned his lines phonetically without realizing what the sounds mean when you put them together. Or as one of the creators of the show put it:
“South Park” co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem — and he’s cashed plenty of checks — with our show making fun of Christians.”

Stone told The AP he and co-creator Trey Parker “never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin.”
Well said, Matt. And I dare say that was one of the best episodes ever.

Question – is there anything in the world religion hasn't ruined? Although it is a bit of a stretch calling Scientology a religion.

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