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. Deal with it

    Making jokes based off of religions or religious figures is freedom of speech which is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. If you don't like our rights get out of our country!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lary92

    Wow. I didn't realize the power of America.
    So if you're in america, then you can do whatever you want and not suffer any consequences?
    YAY AMERICA! the land where you can do belittle and attack whomever you want and get away with it.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. another1

    Jesus is made fun of every day, everywhere. If you haven't noticed jesus being made fun of, then you haven't looked out your window. And to say there are boundaries on free speech is just ludicrous. There are no boundaries on it, which is what it is FREE. The only speech that is not free in america are threats against the president. What they did on south park is perfectly fine, although they were pushing the buttons of insane death-cult religions (christianity/islam/jews). If you have to threaten someone because they made fun of your religion, maybe your beliefs deserve a deep, deep looking at, because if they are so fragile that someone can make fun of it requires killing them, then your beliefs are likely wrong, and your religion is likely false.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meb

    Christians dont kill any more for making fun of christ,Grow up Islam

    April 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MattoSensei

    I'm so sick of hearing about these fanatical islamic extremists. If you believe the quran is the word of god, then islam is NOT a peaceful religion.

    @Shahiq – if you want to make fun of Jesus, that's your right. However, I guarantee the Christian backlash, compared to Islam, wouldn't quite equal out. Why is that? hmmm...

    Muslims who are upset about this are a bunch of nutbag, childish cry babies. Religion sucks

    April 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cartman

    Amazing that people still believe in myths of all sorts these days. There's no reason to get violent over fairytales. The posting on the muslim web site is clearly meant to incite someone to murder. It is an illegal act and would be determined as such in court. The government should pull the site down arrest those who run it.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USMuslim

    As a Muslim I'm disgusted by this veiled threat by Revolutionmuslim.com. I'm sick of my religion by hijacked by extermists who resort to violence in the name of "God". South Park or any other show/ person who wishes to express their views about Islam, either good or bad should be allowed to without having to deal with this kind of crap.. I thought the South Park piece was actually pretty funny.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill W

    Shahiq: South Park has a long history of poking fun at everything and everyone–most definitely including Jesus. That is, the South Park people are by no means singling out Islam.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Victim Of cirCumstance

    This is why religion should be outlawed entirely. It is just a tool used to brainwash the masses. People need to learn to think for themselves rather than subscribe to some silly dogma.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IguanaC64

    Where is the outrage? It's like asking your gay friend if he knows "gay Bill in San Francisco". Your gay friend likely has nfc who "gay Bill in San Francisco" is. Just because you are Muslim doesn't mean you automatically know what every nutcase that calls themselves Muslim is doing. Many are outraged...many are also afraid to say anything lest they be targetted by Muslim radicals or by local folks looking for a reason to dismiss them/ridicule their religion.

    Islam is the "religion of peace" for many...and for many it's used as a cover to perpetrate a lot of evil on non-believers. Christianity has a very similar history. The Spanish Inquisition, The Crusades, and the Salem witch trials come immediately to mind.

    I believe that this website should be shut down, not because I think they shouldn't be allowed to say their viewpoint, but because they are making veiled threats that other, more deranged people, can pick up as a call to action and posting addresses for those deranged people to actually go do something about. I feel similarly about anti-abortion websites that post names and physical addresses of doctors they want assassinated by deranged people...oh...I'm sorry...for people to peacefully protest at.

    Either way...the intent is clear to me...violence against someone you don't agree with. If you think this is right then America is not the place for you.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SG

    The verdict is clear: South Park needs to make MORE fun of Islam and Mohammed. They should get 5 min extra for every beheading and suicide bomber.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Makayla

    I would just like to point out that South Park didn't single him out; they have made fun of everyone under the sun, including Jesus (multiple times). South Park is meant to offend, so people who are easily offended shouldn't watch.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    South Park has attacked every single religion on the show, even aethist, so people really need to take a chill people and get over themselves. Tired of thinking muslims should be talked about carefully because they will attack, and this shows exactly how they respond when made fun of. Get over youselfs, it is part of free speech, and we all can gladly talk smack, and you can talk smack about our religions also.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Darthharvey

    I think it's really funny and disturbing how radical Muslims react to their prophet in a bear costume. I haven't heard one complaint from Buddhists over the episode. South Park showed Buddha doing lines of coke in the episode, but it didn't warrant threats or the wrath of radicals. Lighten up, embrace free speech, or get the hell out of America.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dick Emery

    Any religion that claims it can kill or harm anyone person or people in the name of GOD is not working through GOD but through pure evil, and a very distorted mind.
    It is very clear that GOD states :Do Not Kill" yet people of supposed faith will kill anyone who even makes a joke of Jesus or Mohamed. Any prophet or enlighten being would rather be laughed at and made fun of than see any person be killed in his name. Wake up you religious fools. If you are part of any religion and believe you have the right to kill in the name of GOD. You are so far from GOD and you will be cast in Hell forever.

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