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. Aaron

    i dont understand all the muslims going crazy over this saying they are gonna kill the creators of southpark. So what u are saying is u believe in killin innocent people now SHAHIQ. i thought muslim was peace

    April 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jaysunstar

    I really don't understand why NOW they are making a big issue of south park when they already showed a cartoon version of the prophet Muhammed in season 5 on the super best friends episode. No one said anything then. And he wasn't hiding in a bear suit in that episode. Don't believe me? Look it up.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    All Muslims need to be deported, they are a security risk and not consistent with American values.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    If Islam was such a great religion it would not need to be defended. It would stand on its own and all the world would rush to join..but instead all the world sees mistreatment of women, terrorism, threats and violence. Islam is the religion of hate.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. andy

    People can joke and make fun of any religion in the world but islam. These radicals act like they are special when all this was satire. Its a joke , get over it. Of course the joke is the islamic religion. Call yourself a religion and then threaten to kill people, wow.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    If the character of Mohammed is disguised as a teddy bear in the cartoon, is it still an image of Mohammed? Why are the Muslims upset? Also, South Park and Family Guy make jokes about Jesus, the Pope, Jews and everybody else, but none of those groups issue death threats. Muslims need to take hold of their crazies and calm them down.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robbyGuitar

    I am a Westerner with no particular religious affiliation, although I reserve the right to follow my spiritual heart, whether that includes discovering something worthwhile in the teachings of Jesus, the Prophet Muhammed, the Dalai Lama, or anyone else who might strike the right chord. It seems to me that Christendom and Islam are currently at war, although hardly anyone is eager to admit it. Unless and until mainstream Islam can manage to isolate and excise the radical warrior element currently influencing the course of events so disproportionately, there will remain this terrible time bomb ticking underneath all of us.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Blackwater

    I find it funny that South Park had Mohammed on before, with the super best friends episode when they fought David Blaine then Comedy Central goes all PC and won't let them use his image again.

    Also Shahiq you can make fun of who ever you want! We live in America! If you can't live in a land of free speech then go to the middle east where you belong.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matthew

    Am I the only one who sees the irony in this when they've already done this episode (the two parter with Family Guy and the manatees and the burying of the heads in the sand) I think they do it for the lulz. If Muslims would stop feeding the trolls, something tells me they'd stick to making fun of Jesus.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    Texas Tom...Knock it off with your "my god can beat up your god" sermon. It has always seemed absurd that people question other people's faith.

    That was a threat on their website. The Parkers, Comedy Central, etc. should take legal action right away. All over a drawing of a bear. Wow!! They did not draw your prophet (out of respect), they drew a bear. Crazy...crazy.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dont care

    I think South Park should go ahead and show Muhammad. Skrew these threats. This is America and South Park doesn't have to conform to Islamic teachings. If they don't like it then they dont have to watch it. They supposedly hate western TV anyway.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Islam is a virus on this earth, like any virus it needs to be eradicated to protect people. All religions miss the point. yet Islam continually leads the pack for the most ignorant and violent of the religions, how anyone can believe this stuff I will never know.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Talgrath

    What makes this hilarious is that South Park ALREADY ran an episode featuring an image of Mohammed on it and nobody complained, nobody threatened violence. It was only after September 11th that people began to freak out over showing an image of Mohammed. As for those that say we shouldn't mock Mohammed, why not? South Park regularly lampoons religious figures including Jesus, Buddha, Moses and many others; the episode this article refers to shows Buddha doing cocaine in front of children and Jesus. Mohammed is a religious figure, we will make fun of him if we want to, we will show images of him if we want to; I don't need to bow to your religion and I never will.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. frank

    You lose your freedom of speech when you cry 'fire' in a crowded theater. These radical Muslims who incite to terror and murder should be jailed, and perhaps that will silence future hateful incitement to violence by others like them in the future – in the US as well as elsewhere.
    Radical Islam is bent on taking over the world and it is imperitive that the US stands firm against threats like these to basic Western values.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allah

    You everyone out there, Muslims want U to become like them. Just look at UK, Canada, France, Italy, etc. These nations allow Muslims in and corrupt the gov,t's into doing what muslims want. Muslims have no sense of humor which is the reason why muslim women perfer non muslims mem. We pray to allah that muslim women stay on the right path and marry non muslim men.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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