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. Mike

    I think it's amusing that the dude that wrote these thinly veiled threats actually threatens the creators of the showl, since the point of the South Park episodes dealing with Mohammed was to show that people shouldn't let threats of violence stifle their speech.

    Somebody missed the point.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammad is a fruad

    Mohammad was tyrant. He was a master manipulator, a pedophile, and a tyrant. This is not conjecture, this is fact. That is the great part about history, it does not change. The supposed religion he started is nothing more that a cult, created to feed his own ego and to cement his place of power over his subjects. Islam is a terrible, horrible plague, devoid of all that is good about mankind. It has shown over and over again how terrible it is. South Park should mock islam and Mohammad, Islam should be treated as a cult and those who choose to live the backwards, barbaric lifestyle should be prosecuted. It is time we all grow up and finally put the belief in the boogie man to bed for good.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Radical Islamist web site Revolutionmuslim.com, is based in New York?? Seriously? And why isn't the FBI, CIA, NSA and Homelandsecurity not there taking names and slapping on cuffs? Radical Islam has publicly declared war on this country, how is it even possible for a web site dedicated to radical Islam to be based in New York, Ground Zero.... What a Country....

    April 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    not only does Jesus get slammed on south park, but he gets slammed on all other family style cartoons that people watch...including the simpsons, family guy, and american dad...jesus, the bible, the rapture, ect is a common recurring theme in family guy...the website is not down...there are just a lot of people using a ddos attack intended on slowing the connection speed of revolutionmuslim.com, denying service of the website, ect...revolutionmuslim.com spouts hateful rheortic, gives news artices of where the matt parker and trey stone live, and calls for their death like that of theo van gough...and that is why people are attacking their website...normal people can take action too

    April 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. violatedrights?

    This is absolutely ridiculous. If anyone else were to post such a statement, they would be indicted in an instant for threatening with deadly violence, but because they are Islamic and we don't want to be see as even more prejudiced than our nations is already viewed to be, it's likely nothing will be done about it. This is sociologically, communicatively, and inter-culturally a clean cut case of reverse-racism. Furthermore, I would like to point out that what the Muslim community has done is a direct violation of both freedom of religion and freedom of expression. They have taken their own religious ideals and through the use of violence forced them upon everyone else, and the federal government is failing miserably by allowing such common threats like this to go unanswered. The people running that website should be in prison awaiting trial by a jury of their peers right now, since they are clearly inciting violence. I support the non-violent tactics of Martin Luther King Jr. who caused change with non-violence and respect for the rights of others. He was a true leader and hero for tolerance and the rights of all. Note that Malcom X's only legacy was the proliferation of racially motivated gang violence. Will someone please do something about the fact that the Muslim communities' religious ideals are constantly and continually violating the rights of EVERYBODY else, and that they have no right to force the laws of their faith on our entire nation? Thank you.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. true texan

    Here is another case for the study. If all the SouthPark supporters were to jam the server of this web site (Rev-muslim) with there opinions and let them know this will not be tolerated in this country the poeple that donate to this group unwillingly thtrough thier mosque may get the message too. Follow the money just like the mob and they go away or to jail.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. n8r

    Killing in the name of any religion is an oxymoron. I don't care who you are or what you believe – if you honestly think you can kill someone and still get into Heaven you are a fool blinded by all that is evil in the world.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carol

    How stupid. This is a comedy show and people have the right to watch or not watch as they see fit. You don't see non-Muslims checking out Muslim shows or websites looking for crap to complain about. For God's sake get a grip!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ario

    OMG, are you joking? Muhammed was a human JUST LIKE everyone else!!! he made good decisions, and he also made bad decisions. Sure he was a great leader, but he was also a human and there's nothing wrong with what South Park did. They just made fun the sensitivity of some Muslims. If they don't like it get used it. Many Jews and Christians tolerate it!!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott W

    USMuslim
    Thankyou.
    I beleive that is the first tiem I've heard a Muslim make a rational comment about other radical Muslims.
    I hope you are real.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angel

    It's funny. Christian's shouldn't have anything to say about muslim's and violence!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James

    Hello to all the easily offended Muslims. I'm sorry to break the news to you, but the United States has something called freedom of speech. It's a part of our Constitution. Many of our citizens fought and died to maintain these rights for a few hundred years. In fact, your ability to post your hate-filled ignorance on this site because of this nations many historic sacrifices.

    We invented the internet, so enjoy the free ride on the accomplishments of our free society. Unlike wherever you are, Shite and Sunni live side-by-side in peace with Christians and Jews all over the United States. We don't murder and rape each other because of our different religious beliefs, and we don't hide behind women and children to fight.

    South Park continuously offends just about everyone and everything, just get over it.
    While I think that some of their stuff is too offensive, I live in a county where we can all disagree. I don't have some ignorant preacher, or priest, or Imam, or Govt leader telling me what to believe, or say, or do....

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marshall

    Has anyone paid attention to South Park over the years? LOL No subject is off limits to them its a great show and doesn't do any harm.I believe its called freedom of speech and creative freedom,hell they have made fun of jews,gays,lesbians,Canadians even the weasel Kim Jung Il and Saddam Hussein.Its just more proof the Islam is not a peaceful religion and the people who run this site should be arrested under the Patriot act for attempting to incite a terrorist attack against the people of a Cartoon" called South Park . GO MATT AND TREY..MAKE A BETTER ONE AND MAKE IT FUNNY !!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. K1OF7

    Someone mentioned Muslims making fun of Jesus. If God can't take a joke, then we have more problems that jihad. Also, dude, he's GOD and he knows it's a joke. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jerk

    I tend to oppose strict religious policy under any circumstances but most of society's great "prophets" preached peace. Christianity may have abused the alleged message of Jesus to commit innumerable crimes in the past but at least it wasn't instigated by the example left by the man.
    the prophet of Islam left no such legacy.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
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