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. ironv

    What a bunch of PSYCHOS. However, I think the Prophet looks good in a bear costume... These guys should find some place on earth where they'd be comfortable living in the 9th century.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerome

    This is terrorism. The owners of this Islam site and the people that created this threat should be arrested and charged with conspiracy, terrorism, and racketeering. If the government does not act on this, it encourages acts of terrorism.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stan

    Muslims should give praise to the creators of Southpark for portaying the prophet as a warm fuzzy friendly bear. It sure gave me a smile.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Geoff

    For all of the respondents claiming Muslims take great offense to the defamation of Mohammed, I call BS. This case in particular, because South Park had an episode in season 5 in 2001 in which they actually had Mohammed as a character (you can still watch it, unedited on the South Park website) , and there was no outrage nor violence about that episode. Furthermore, people make fun of Jesus all the time, including South Park, and there is no violence; so that doesn't square with the whole "Muslims take all of the prophets seriously including Jesus" remarks.

    I agree that sometimes free speech is pushed too far, but violence is never an appropriate response to a verbal assault, Any one who would suggest other wise is, in my opinion is an irrational, ignorant, and morally reprehensible person.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pompano1

    Jesus would turn the other cheek.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KAO

    South Park makes fun of Jesus constantly. In the show, Jesus is a resident of South Park and has a show called "Jesus N Pals." The episode in question here shows Buddha snorting coke. Obviously, Muslims have not been singled out in this situation.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Laura in KS

    To everyone posting about Jesus not being made fun of: Have you never seen South Park? 'Cause they make waaaay more fun of Jesus than they ever have Mohammed.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stephanie

    Wow. This is frightening on so many levels. At some point we need to stop tip-toeing around in policital correctness and defend our country, our citizens and our way of life. These extremists threaten all three and they are headquartered right here in New York. Really?! They have a right to be offended by that South Park episode. They even have the right to say they are offended. But making threats of bodily harm is not okay. Not for anyone.I really don't understand how these people live here and work alongside American citizens and have the hate for us that they do. It's scary and unsafe. If I had my vote, they would have to assimilate a little better if they want to live here. Otherwise, continue your extemist traditions somewhere you are more comfortable...like far, far away in the Middle East.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry G

    These Muslims waste their entire lives aggressing against other religions and cultures while failing to enjoy life. Stop the stupidity and take your dog for a walk, take your kids to the park, go do something enjoyable and quit bitching about a damn cartoon.
    Hasn't thousands of years of crap gotten really old yet?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    Shahiq said – "In Islam we take religion seriously."

    There's your problem.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jaz

    Good grief. 1st of all God/Allah does not need to be defended by small minded primitive thinking idiots, He is almighty and doesn't need gnats running his name into the dirt by trying to harm others. As a matter of fact He prob. shakes his head in shame at anyone who would kill or harm in His name. 2nd of all, backward thinking muslims need to get a damn grip. This is the U.S. and even South Park has freedom of speech. If you don't like it, get the hell out and go back to Primeval land, aight? STFU already. 3rd of all, get used to being America's new target for satire. Christians, mormons, scientologists, and other religious groups have been the butt of jokes for a long time. It's your turn, get used to it.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    Two Points
    1. Humour is a form of expression to help us relax our perpsective on things. It is up to intelligent "individuals" to determine for themselves the real truth in any portrayal through comedy or through documentary.
    2. To rationalize violence by saying that "We take our religion seriously, so don't make fun of it" is to rationalize 9/11. People who conveniently ignore the essence of the threat by supporting it through such rationalizations are just as guilty as those who do the deeds. So where is the outcry of condemnation from the Islamic community. Do you really believe that lame rationalizations wash your hands of your civil duty to protect the community in which you live and thrive? Is this the role model you want your children to witness?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USACitizen

    These 'muslims' are obviously extremists and to afraid to do anything on their own so they're trying to get others to do their dirty work. Please, this is AMERICA....LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Max

    @Shahiq-

    I haven't seen this episode if South Park but it's just comedy, take it on its face value. Have you seen Family Guy? They make fun of Jesus all the time.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    there we go again... another way to make Islam look like a religion filled with nutcases....

    Christians don't like it when Jesus is made fun of... but they do not threaten anyone with retribution like the Muslim crazies from revolutionmuslim.com..... or like the Muslim terrorists around the globe.

    Why is it you ONLY hear about Muslim terrorists and no Christian, Jewish, Buddhists, or Hindu terrorists nowadays?

    Oh, and I hope I do not get blown up by revolutionmuslim.com for writing this.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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