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. Outraged

    Aside from the fact that the people running the Mulsim Website should be arrested for making a threat, shouldn't their website be shut down? And serously, Shahiq, just because you take your religion seriously, is NO reason to kill someone. What is the world is wrong with you people? That's right, I said YOU PEOPLE!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. khanji48

    The problem with the west is they all are hypocrits, when someone goes around denouncing the holocaust, they send him to jail, however when someone goes around denouncing Islam, Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad PBUH, he is free to say what he/she wants and is paid a tribute to be a flag holder of freedom of speech....and then they call muslims to be violent...they want us to submit to them and just listen and bear whatever they throw upon us.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mitch

    South Park makes fun of Jesus almost weekly and I don't see any Christians looking to off the creators.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stan

    And BTW, what sort of trouble is CNN in now for posting a pic of the prophet as this warm fuzzy friendly bear?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. k2

    Seems as though South Park has made fun of Jesus in an episode, so what.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BobDobs

    South Park has poked more fun at Jesus and Christianity then any other topic. While there have been cries for the show to come off the air. There has been no one publicly suggesting they be executed for it.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LeeretArmy

    It is also interesting how muslums can burn and desicrate icons from other religions and little if anything is said but burn a koran or draw a cartoon of the "prophet" and all HE!! breaks loose. I for one enjoy South Park and hope Comedy Central is the FIRST and ONLY network to exercise TRUE Freedom of Speach and have a cartoon version of the knucklehead fall on his but.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anonymous939

    To all of you who reply that you don't speak ill of Jesus, let me tell that people do all the time. It's perfectly legal in this country and no one has died because of it. Heck, movies are made which allege things Christian find objectionable. Why don't we ever kill anyone because of it? Simply this: you have no right to not be offended in this country. If you don't like that, you are free to leave and go somewhere where you do have that right. As for me, it's a right I gladly give up for the greater good of the right to freedom of thought and expression and dissent.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Drew

    Destruction = Life without Purpose...Nixon even admitted that in a candid interview. What a lonely place it must to have no purpose in life....

    April 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    Never heard of anyone being killed or threatened for making fun of Jesus. Christ followers know that he is God and still lives and needs no human protection. Mohammed, on the other hand, was pure mortal and his bones are in the desert.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Texas Tom

    Ummi and Shahiq:

    God the Father and his son Christ Jesus can take care of themselves. They are engaged in the salvation and resoration of all humanity to a state of grace with God. There is no piss ant human that can injure, defile cause discomfort or whatever to God the Father. He created all and his creation does not rule the creator. Vengence is His.

    Allah and Muhammad seem to be pathetic copies of real objects of worship if they need mankind to stand up for them. This is where Islam fails for so many. You have made yourselves puppets of a manmade, insecure god so you would feel needed.

    Try acknowledging your failures and ask God for forgiveness and start acting as though you have a wit of gratitude for all God has done for you, including giving you the breath of life ...in the beginning. In God, through Jesus, his only Son, there is joyous life.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BigFella

    Actually, there is NO limit to free speech. Period! If there is, we lose what this country has become so great for. However, there are ALWAYS consequences of free speech. It will be interesting to see how those play out in this little fued!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SouthParkFanatic

    I saw the episode, laughed my tail off, having the Prophet in a U-Haul van and asking through it if it's ok to put him in a mascot suit so they can turn him over to Gingers... the episode was hillarious!!! And, my extreme Muslim friends, watch it and see that they poke fun at all of the "Super Best Friends" – Jesus, Buddha, Moses, and more! They aren't singling you out here. South Park is genious in its ability to poke fun at anyone and anything. They aren't biased in the fact that nobody is safe from their jokes. Heck, the episode is about their town being sued by celebrities! So my opinion is this: get over it, laugh a little and learn to have a little fun at your own expense. Heck, whether they realize it or not, the Christians have been doing just that for hundreds of years!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob Wilson

    We're not afraid of some loony camel jockies. Go pound sand, Achmed.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gregory100

    "I am Muslim, and I have a great respect for Jesus. How do you feel if I make fun of Jesus? In Islam we take religion seriously. Freedom of speech has some boundries. Have you ever seen any muslim making fun of Jesus?"
    Shahiq-
    Freedom of speech should have NO boundries, and if it should have boundries, it should stop where the theats of death are made. Endorsing throat-cutting is just sick and wrong and we should make fun of all gods who do such things, and those who worship them. That kind of action belongs in hell.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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