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Have you seen the news on Isaac Hayes quitting South Park? e-online‘s article “South Park” Chef Loses Voice has the story. A few quick summary points taken from the article:

Isaac Hayes, who has voiced the highly sexed cafeteria employee on the irreverent series since 1997, issued a statement Monday indicating that he has requested to be released from his contract due to what he called the show’s “inappropriate ridicule of religious communities.”

“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 soul legend said. “Religious beliefs are sacred to people and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”

“This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology,” Stone told the Associated Press. “He has no problem–and he’s cashed plenty of checks–with our show making fun of Christians.”

Past episodes of South Park have skewered Catholics, Jews and Mormons, among others. However, according to Stone, he and 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,” Stone told the Associated Press.

To all this I say…. . Who cares? Seriously. Stories like this make me shake my head as much as images of Cruise doing monkey jumps on couches.

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