People: Mar. 27, 2006

WANTED: ATHEIST SCHOOL CHEF

Well, it finally happened: South Park offended someone. Singer Isaac Hayes, 63, the voice of the cartoon's sex-obsessed CHEF, has quit, citing its "intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs of others." Matt Stone, South Park's co-creator, says that Hayes had "no problem--and he's cashed plenty of checks--with our show making fun of Christians" and only "got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion." At issue is a November 2005 episode that mocked the Church of Scientology, of which Hayes is a member, and the world's most famous Scientologist, Tom Cruise. The show was...

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