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By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 25, 2011 in World
The Church of Scientology has reacted to allegations that it began secretly investigating "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker after an episode of the show poked fun at the church.
According to New York Post, leaked Scientology internal documents suggest the leaders of Scientology were so upset by a 2005 episode of "South Park" which parodied the church that they began investigating Trey Parker and Matt Stone with intention of "digging up dirt" about them which they could use to pressure them to stop poking fun at the church.
The Independent reports the Church of Scientology has reacted to the story.
Guy Adams, writing on The Independent published a Church of Scientology email statement which said the Church knows nothing about the alleged leaked internal document of the church. According to the Church of Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw, the document was probably obtained by Marty Rathbun from Mike Rinder (Marty Rathbun's "best good buddy") and described Rinder as "another apostate" who was removed from his position in the church for his "fight people at all costs" tactics.
The Church of Scientology spokesperson said Rathbun was removed in 2002 and Rinder five years ago. The men were removed from the Church, according to the Church of Scientology spokesperson, because they were spreading false tales to the media.
The Church said it has nothing to say about "South Park." The email statement said:
"We haven’t heard about the show in years. The record shows that since the show aired, the Church never did a thing. You are being led down the primrose path by a couple of....posting sensationalistic rumors on a small time blog. This isn’t a story, I’m sorry."
The alleged leaked Scientology internal documents, according to The Village Voice, showed that investigators hired by the Church of Scientology were searching through public records and other sources to find sensitive information about Matt Stone and Trey Parker after the broadcast of "Trapped Closet," a controversial episode of the "South Park" cartoon which poked fun at science-fiction theology of the Church of Scientology. Scientology's office of Special Affairs, according to the documents, also carried out investigation on Trey Parker and Mark Stone's close associates.
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