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. DaveR

    I didn't see the episode but I commend Southpark and it creators. Islam–bring it on.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. allocer2009

    Thats nice, now lets talk about all the anti-islamic websites that plagues the entire internet? Why no one talks about them?

    Also, whoever is the administrator in this website needs to grow up. Seriously.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Renata

    MUSLIMS: You need to understand that the United States is a very diverse country and the way we cope with everyone's differences is through sarcasm and humor. We mean no disrespect. You can't just go around threatning to murder people.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Norman

    They might as well say "We're going to kill you. By the way, that's not a threat"

    April 20, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rodney

    I really admire Matt and Trey. They are very smart and witty, and deftly weild satire. I can't wait to see them poke fun at the site's quote:

    "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."

    I mean, that's just itching to be made fun of. "This is not a threat..."??? This is the epitome of a threat. In the dictionary, under "threat," it lists this quote.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Josh Lyman

    On West Wing, after 911, one character summed this up best:

    Radical Muslims is to Islam is equal to the KKK is to Christianity. How much stock do you put into the KKK as representatives of Christianity. NONE. They are a bunch of kooks and yahoos who use the name of God to defend thier lunacy. Radical Muslims, Jihadists, Extreme Islam has as much to do with the religion of Islam as the KKK has to do with Christianity NOTHING. There are millions and millions of Muslims that have absolutley nothing in common with these lunatics.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan Allen

    I think the best part of the episode was Buddha doing a line off the table in front of the kids. All of my asian friends hit the floor laughing, even the buddhists. Mohammad got off easy.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Willy From Philly

    One more thing; people tend to forget that South Park already made an episode with an image portraying the Profit Muhammad. The "Super Best Friends" episode some 5 years ago showed the Profit and many other religious figures fighting crime together. Muhammad WAS in this episode and aboslutely no one gave a fuss about it. If they're just now getting upset with last weeks episode involving Muhammad in a bear costume, then they obvisouly don't watch a whole lot of South Park.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gregg

    So you say you "act within the law", but you threaten violence against Trey and Matt. Then you put up a "sermon" by one of your leaders (who is hiding in Yemen) about "assassinating those who have “defamed” the Prophet Mohammed"".

    Are you serious? Your horse is a little too high for me. NO ONE escapes the wrath of South Park. They do it for fun and you take it seriously. All you have done is guaranteed that you'll have an episode made that revolves around making fun of your organization. Then you'll probably get mad and make more threats against people who actually do act within the law.

    Sad.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Sad it takes a cartoon show to stand up for freedom while evry other media outlet cowers in fear. It’s hilarious that these extremists play right into the satire South Park was portraying. Too bad these radicals can't reflect more onto themselves and their actions then they do others. These guys are nothing but common murderers. They need to quit fooling themselves that they are part of some divine movement. More of a plague on civilized society. Their time will come.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. giantslor

    There needs to be a national day of protest where Mohammad is depicted across all media, all day, thousands of times. These people need to learn that we will not have our free speech rights trampled. If there is retaliation, the authorities will in turn retaliate against them.

    Of course, we can't limit it just to one day. We need to depict Mohammad every day, until these people stop their threats and accept free speech.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Don

    This should be their motto Don't do as I do, do as I say.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. inspiral

    Guest 242 The makers of South Park were not making fun of The Prophet Muhammad, they were pointing out the stupidity of people who will twist facts to suit their own agenda, including those whose display of outrage at the naming of a 'Teddy Bear' which very nearly cost a teacher time in prison and was also told that she may be whipped.
    Ps, Devin yes you were the first!

    April 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Seth

    Its like they didn't even watch the episode. A major part of the episodes message was that its ok to poke fun of other religious figures...but heaven help us if one of Muhammed is shown!

    April 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ross Edwards

    Of course, the first question that comes to my mind is this... What is the address of Abu Talhah? Of course, listing it wouldn't be a threat. It would just give people the "full opportunity to protest". I'm sure Abu would understand more than most. Personally, I would love to protest in front of his house with pictures of bears.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
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