Monday, March 13, 2006

Drawing the arbitrary line


Yahoo News:
Isaac Hayes has quit "South Park," where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion.

Hayes, who has played the ladies' man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed.

"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."

"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."
HT: Nealenews

Season 10 airs on March 22. If cartoons hurt your feelings, don't tune in.

3 comments:

jacobin said...

He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin."

stone is right

Anonymous said...

I am shocked that a member of Scientology doesn't want the world to know what their "religion" is about. When a science fiction writer creates a religion based on the idea that we are all part alien and we need to be "cleansed" in order to have a productive life it just screams "cult" to me.
The fact that if you disagree with a scientologist they will "disassociate" you. A scientologist will cut out their family if they voice concerns about the amount of money spent on "auditing". I'm very afraid for our society when a group can just decide they are a religion and it is so. I'm also afraid of the tactics this group uses to get new members, by trolling disaster sites offering there free "counselling". Do a google, you will be too.

Honey Pot said...

Every religion is a cult. You only have to get about twenty people together who can come up with a good enough fairy tale to be able to scam people and opress them. Religion is just a big business money making venture.

That scientology is some weird though, runs on a pyramid scheme, sort of like Amway. Everytime you shoot them a few bucks you get to move to another cloud closer to heaven. Not sure if they call it heaven. Think their more into that tinfoil hat sort of worhsip.