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Outspoken Scientologist Isaac Hayes, heard by millions as the "Chef" character on "South Park," has quit the cartoon following an episode spoofing Scientology.
"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 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."
In an interview with the Associated Press, "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply, 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 said 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."