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. JOHN

    "this is not a threat... this is a warning" - please this is b.s. if they are not making threats, then they sure as hell are indirectly doing it under the guise of a "warning". Revolution muslims' website must be taken down and the people put in jail. they use freedom of speech, OUR 1st ammedments rights as a vehicle for their own violent agenda. Look I KNOW islam is NOT the enemy, it is these radical extremists who are so stupid. LOL if they watched that episode, they would see the foolishness of their mindset: the fact that SOME muslim extremeists can't take a joke and the fear of everyone else for poking at it. like everyone here said, South Park had made and continues to make fun of EVERYONE's religion! revolutionmuslim website must be hacked. the people locked up or sent to a place where they would properly be welcomed. this is a country for those who enjoy our freedoms and diversity, not for those who have a one track mindset.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Craig Zeichner

    Islam the compassionate, Islam the tolerant, Islam the benevolent…Islam the hypocritical, Islam the humorless, Islam the murder cult.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Number 64

    re: Buddy

    It's just more archetypal barbarism from the Islamosupremacist camp.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Prophet

    Religious figures are a joke. The people who believe in them are the punchline.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bubbaG

    you gotta love it when 129 Americans jump in and attempt to educate the ONE Muslim who attempted to defend revolutionmuslim.com and their threats of violence against SouthPark creators. YES! THAT's why I love America!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    These brainwashed idiots represent a tiny fraction of the Muslim community, a community as decent and law abiding as any other. As to those who "think" that religion gives them the right to censor free speech and commit murder, take your precious Muhamed and stick him where the sun doesn't shine...

    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    USMuslim, THANK YOU!!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. combs

    South Park is a fantastic show that satirizes many different scenarios, most of which involve the US and their political figures. South Park demonstrates Jesus is a humerous way as they do Mohammed (if you would call their demonstration of Mohammed particularly humerous?). I found their representation rather tame considering some of their previous episodes. If saying "they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show" isn't a threat I don't know what is. Keep doing those great things you do South Park!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnnyhouse

    I think all of us should just can it for a while and let sleeping dogs lie.Nothing is being solved here.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IX Evilheart

    I don't understand why Muslims are making a storm in a glass of water. Is just a cartoon!!! and as some prople said before, these guys make fun of everything. I also agree that the website RevolutionMuslim.com should be shut down and their creators prosecuted for issuing death threats. Muslims should be ashsamed for their intolerant attitudes in a country which is giving them a better life than they could have in the middle east. R.I.P, Theo Van Gogh.and don't forget to check "Submission," the video that costed him his life.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tim

    If we don't allow images of Muhammed, how will I know when I see him? Personally, I don't know why Trey and Matt do this dance regarding Muhammed – they should have thrown him in the closet with Tom Cruise and had Muhammed's "twin brother" and assistant "Mitchell" fill in for him everywhere.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mikey

    I would have to respectfully disagree with Crawdad. The creators behind South Park do not force people to think... about much of anything. Comedy is for comedy, not for deep thoughts. Yes, they touch on some interesting issues, but not for the purpose of making others think. If anything, they promote thumbing your nose at society. The promote a complete lack of respect for others.

    I would also like to say I disagree with many others on this topic thus far. I have not seen one person say that Trey Parker and Matt Stone were wrong for what they did. People are focusing on the extremists (who are in the wrong, I agree on that) and not on the protagonists. Folks are saying this extremist group is hiding behind Freedom of Speech, but Trey and Matt are doing the same darned thing! What they did is no different from walking into a redneck bar behind an officer and insulting Big Bubba's old lady. Bubba won't do anything in front of the badge, but you can rest assured that if he runs into you later, you're gonna get a butt-whooping... if you don't end up staring down the barrel of his shotgun.

    We have the great Freedom of Speech to say what we wish, but if we overstep our bounds, expect repercussions. The extremists are wrong. And should be brought before courts for their 'thinly veiled threats'. But Trey and Matt weren't right either.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    Oy, these radicals need to grow up and get a sense of humor. They're acting just like Christian Fundamentalists who went crazy when Monty Python depicted crucifixition in Life Of Brian nearly 30 years ago. Trey Parker & Matt Stone are themselves right wing, so you'd think that would win some brownie points with this hateful web site. Whatever the case, Trey & Matt are not Muslim, so the rule about killing them as this website points out doesn't apply. Frankly, those who are so touchy on the subject should be asking themselves why Mohammed can't show up himself if he doesn't like people talking about him.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ros

    Also, I beleive that all religions were founded on common moral values. I have nothing against people of the Muslim faith. I beleive that most are good people. Its extremists like these who threaten violence that I do not like. I for one do not follow any organized religion, but I will respect your beliefs if you are a good person.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shelby

    I don't believe Jesus needs murder to defend his honor. He even humbled himself when beaten and crucified. He left the defense of his honor to heaven. Can not others do the same?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
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