Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Isaac Hayes quits "South Park"...on religious grounds

Soul singer Isaac Hayes has quit the edgy cartoon show "South Park" on religious grounds.

(I'll give you a few minutes to compose yourself...okay? Let's continue.)

"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," declared Hayes.
(Can you dig it? Right on!)
"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," he continued.
Was Hayes upset over the show's "satire" of the Virgin Mary? Perhaps he was offended by the "satirical" betrayal of Pope Benedict XVI?

Seems soul man Hayes is upset over the show's spoof on...Scientology.

From "South Park co-creator Matt Stone:
"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."
Gee. Two strikes against me. First, I've never seen a "South Park" episode. Second? I never knew "Scientology" was a religion!

On the other hand, I can't get the theme from that old movie "Shaft" out of my head. Sheesh.

Those of you desiring further edification, you might want to check out the source. Or not.