April 19th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Security Brief: Radical Islamic Web site takes on 'South Park'

"South Park" showed the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit.

The radical Islamic Web site Revolutionmuslim.com is going after the creators of the TV cartoon series "South Park" after an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise.

Revolutionmuslim.com, based in New York, was the subject of a CNN investigation last year for its radical rhetoric supporting “jihad” against the West and praising al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Its organizers insist they act within the law and seek to protect Islam.

On Sunday, Revolutionmuslim.com posted an entry that included a warning to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that they risk violent retribution after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.

The posting on Revolutionmuslim.com says: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Theo van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by an Islamic extremist in 2004 after making a short documentary on violence against women in some Islamic societies. The posting on Revolutionmuslim.com features a graphic photograph of Van Gogh with his throat cut and a dagger in his chest.

The entry on Revolutionmuslim.com goes on to advise readers:

“You can contact them [the makers of South Park], or pay Comedy Central or their own company a visit at these addresses …” before listing Comedy Central’s New York address, and the Los Angeles, California, address of Parker and Sloane’s production company.

Contacted by CNN, the author of the post, Abu Talhah al Amrikee, said that providing the addresses was not intended as a threat to the creators of South Park but to give people the opportunity to protest.

Over still photographs of Parker, Stone, van Gogh and others, the Web site runs audio of a sermon by the radical U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who is now in hiding in Yemen. The sermon, recorded some time ago, talks about assassinating those who have “defamed” the Prophet Mohammed citing one religious authority as saying “Harming Allah and his messenger is a reason to encourage Muslims to kill whoever does that.” U.S. officials say al-Awlaki is on a list of al Qaeda leaders targeted for capture or assassination.

The clip ends with a warning on a graphic directed at Parker and Stone, saying “The Dust Will Never Settle Down.”

Al Amrikee said the purpose of including the al-Awlaki sermon in his posting was to remind Muslims that insulting the prophet is a severe offense for which the punishment in Islam is death. He said RevolutionMuslim may hold protests about the show.

Calls to Comedy Central were not returned.

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  1. Amir

    I love South Park. I am Muslim. I think this is hilarious, and actually kind of a cute/funny way of having the prophet Muhammad portrayed. BIG DEAL. These extremists need to find something better to do with their time aside from hijacking my religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lene

    @USMuslim: I knew there had to be some sensible muslims left somewhere – and I'm sure you're not the only one. So, Thank you.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Buddha

    I'm buddhist, and when they had a clip showing Buddha doing lines of coke.... I wasn't offended. I thought it was hilarious.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    When will our pathetic species outgrow its infantile dependency on religion? To hell with Islam and their illiterate, delusional "prophet", and to hell with Christianity and all of their nonsense. Religion is a plague on humankind, and one of the top candidates in the race to exterminate ourselves.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kyrandos

    Just because you don't make fun of jesus doesn't take away our right to make fun of Jesus, Muhammud, God or Allah or anyone else. Frankly, not all of us even believe in that garbage.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    According to the Qu'ran, the Prophet Muhammad was mocked and made fun of many times during his lifetime for his beliefs, and was even abused and beaten – so how did he respond? By walking away and praying for those who insulted him.

    It says "Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant."

    Perhaps these "Muslims" making threats should actually try follow his example rather than making thinly veiled threats that have nothing in common with Islam?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ros

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone are just going to use this as fuel for their show. They feed on criticism. And if you didn't notice, it was a two part episode. After this the conclusion is going to be EPIC!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JR

    Muslims are a bunch of crazies. Sorry. They are. If you don't like your false prophet being made fun of, LEAVE THE US. Go back to the Middle East and live in a sand dune.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gabriel

    How is it that people are saying here that its not right that this website gave out the address but ...the TEA Party gave out the home address of numerous politicians and their families ...yet no one seemed to care about that?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cole

    The main difference is that the Christian God in Jesus cannot be harmed by mockery. It appears that, in a judgment on logic, that American cleric's words seem to indicate that Allah and Mohammed can be harmed.

    Christianity doesn't kill its critics because it is big enough to take their abuse. A pity Islam's Allah is not great enough to be able to suffer small insults from people.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lisa B.

    This just reaffirms my belief that ALL religions are crap! I hope they're enjoying their freedom of speech while threatening others! Nauseating how this is supposed to be the religion of peace!.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EH

    If you cannot defend people that insult your beliefs, you don't believe in
    Free Speech. You don't belong in Free Society,

    No limits on Free Speech. Live Free or Die.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lori

    Dear RevolutionMuslim.com:

    What are you doing watching South Park?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zohaib

    Please do not let the Muslim community be represented by the voice of a few noisy ignorant. I personally believe that it is not the place of human being to issue any sort of threat in the name of something that has only vague scientific evidence to support its existence. Religion was meant to be way out of oppression and ignorance, unfortunately now it has become the opposite. It is because of blind beliefs, compliance without questioning motive. People please do not forget that all the scriptures are vague and left open to interpretation. One should always keep in mind that humanity comes first when making any sort of interpretation of these scriptures. Muslims do not forget that according to tradition, Prophet Muhammad, would always forgive those who would make fun of him, or even injure him. Would you then expect him, to expect from you, violent action against somebody who does the same? If you claim to act in his tradition please do so without biases that have been introduced by people who DO NOT act in his tradition. People have manipulated religion to make this world worse, ever since religion came into existence. Do not let this happen. Religion was intended to make your lives' better. I suggest it be kept within those boundaries. As for the creators of South Park, if they truly have done something that could be termed heinous, then "as a believer" I should leave it up to God to decide what is best for them. We only have the right to disapprove, not to act upon dogma to ascertain the fate of other people.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob dobbs

    Just did and image search on Mohammed. There are way worse Pictures making fun of the guy than South Park has ever done. I encourage EVERYONE to check them out and laugh and laugh.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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