In spring 2011, the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, debuted their highly anticipated broadway musical, "The Book of Mormon." But it wasn't their first jab at the sacred.
Religion has always been a favorite topic of the writers, repeatedly popping up during the South Park's 15 seasons. Despite its wildly irreverent tone, the show's approach to religion has frequently revealed a high level of intelligence and sophistication. In almost every case, the writers have correctly targeted the greedy and misguided individuals and institutions who abuse and manipulate religious people instead of ridiculing religious belief itself. In many cases, the joke is even on those who are non-religious.
We've compiled clips from ten of our favorite South Park episodes that dealt with issues of religion, although there are many, many more. You can watch the entire catalog of South Park episodes online, so be sure to tell us which of our picks are your favorite and what others you think should be on the list!