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. FED UP

    The time will come when the free world will stop kneeling to the threats of radical Islam. Muslim extremists cannot keep killing those who speak out against their flawed ways. I am not religious and continue to be baffled by the CRAZINESS of "Gods people." This is not an Islamic Country. It is a free Country, so get that through your ignorant brains. We have been built on the premise of freedom of speech and will not give that up every time someone cries about what is said. If you do not approve, please feel free to return to whatever country supports your views. I will even help carry your luggage to the airport (as long as it has been screened for bombs). For those of you who are Muslim and support freedom of speech even if you do not like what is being said, please stay. There are peaceful ways to get your messages across and are protected under the rights of free speech.
    *For Lary92. Seems you have never left wherever you are from. The Muslim channels of the Middle East always play anti-Western shows. I have been there many times and sit and laugh at the message. Seems it's easy to hate those who are free. I have also traveled all over Europe and Asia to listen to the people. Seems those who have been helped by America, which is every country that has had a natural disaster since America has become a country, supports us (at least a little). The hypocrisies of the world know no bounds.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wishful Thinker

    Please be free to make fun on Jesus. Jesus has a great sense of humor. Just look at the platypus, John Stewart, or anyone on Fox News (though, in truth Fox News in unintentionally funny. Kinda like the platypus.)

    April 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Kammer

    Hmm. I guess they're right: Islam is a very peaceful religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Z

    As a Muslim, I agree that insulting Prophet Muhammad (or any prophet for that matter e.g. Jesus, Moses, David, Solomon, Adam etc.) is a serious crime. However, anarchist and mutually destructive approach taken by Revolutionmuslim.com is entirely against Islam. They do not represent Islam. They represent a certain faction of Muslims (I am not saying Islam but Muslims) who resort to the violent instincts of humanity to impose their ideology. Revolutionmuslim.com should be banned as a threat to peace and Islam. Because Islam is peace. I usually ask myself, what would Prophet Muhammad do. I can assure you that he would reject this extremist faction and its ideology. Islam came to impose the rule of law and provide due judicial process to all suspects of crime. Many aspects of modern common law have their roots in Islamic Sharia law. It is yet to be determined if the makers of South Park actually committed a crime as they did not show the face of the Prophet and what was the content of the clip like. I refuse to accept Revolutionmuslim.com as both the attorney or judge in this regard. Such organisations are harmful for Islam.

    April 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zaphod Breeblebox

    Wait, if making fun or depicting the prophet mohammed is a killing offense and muslims consider jesus to also be a prophet, how come they never get upset about people depicting or making fun of jesus?

    April 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Saad Satti

    I am a muslim and like most of my fellow muslims I dont support violence or any sort of threats as they dont serve any purpose but to cause hatred among people. Quran teaches us not to be among those who promote violence in this world. On a seperate note freedom of speech should have its limits and sensitive matters are not be exploited and made fun off as that too hurts people and causes hatred among us. We all need to coexist peacefully and respect each other's beliefs.

    April 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hotspur

    While the veiled threats against the South Park creators are disgusting, I think many of the comments left here talking about deporting all Muslims and labeling all Muslims terrorists are even more disgusting. There are 1 billion Muslims in the world. There are white Muslims, black Muslims, Asian Muslims, etc. Just as there are fanatical Christians, there are fanatical Muslims. But we don't think all Christians are Timothy McVeighs, do we? There are Protestants, Catholics, Snake-handling Christians, Christians with lots of wives, Christians with lots of guns, Christians that caused Waco... etc. Look inward as much as you look outward.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NYC-D

    "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?"

    Umn, SouthPark makes fun of Jesus, Christianity, and the Catholic church on a regular basis. Some are offended, but aren't crazy enough to threaten harm on others for exercising their own freedoms.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    What is sickening is that these Muslim defenders of its violent branch talk like they are the only people who are "SERIOUS" about their faith, and to the extent that they will kill anyone including themselves who "joke" about their religious figure. Call this "serious"? It's more like "insane" to me.

    I am a Buddhist and I couldnt remember how many times this religion has been made fun of by American TV. So what? I enjoy it and my faith remains the same.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D YOUNG

    What the hell are these people doing in the United States? Can they be prosecuted for inciting violence (obviously) or sent back where they came from?

    April 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed

    Looks like a clear threat to kill the South Park Creators to me. If anything happens to them, the blood is on the hands of the web site and the guy who posted the information. Arrest Abu Talhah al Amrikee, charge him with making death threats, shut down the Revolutionmuslim.com web site and charge its operators with treason against the United States of America. Put them on trial and see what happens. Radical Islam is at war with us and that web site is clearly giving comfort and aid to the enemy. Forget this "war on terror" business and other politically correct terms that hide the truth. Terror is simply a tactic in the global war against western civilization in general and America in particular being waged in the name of Islam by small groups who hate everything and everyone the least bit modern or free. Peaceful decent Muslims have all too often been silenced in fear of speaking out, and our own laws supporting freedom of expression have aided in the radicals' goals. We must be prepared to fight the enemy wherever he is, but especially within our own borders.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sickofhypocrites

    Hyprocrites like this group make me sick. This group takes full advantage of their right to freedoms in America, but the second someone else exercises their right to free speech this group make threats and condones violence.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Teo

    These threats are over the line. Calling for the murder of another human being and advertising an address where that person lives or works is terrorism and should NOT be protected as free speech. These people need to be arrested, prosecuted, and locked up in a prison without internet access.

    Our country needs to take this sort of thing seriously and make certain people like this learn the hard way that we have no tolerance for language like this in the USA.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jessy

    The people at RevolutionMuslim are traitors to their own religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    For every Muslim reader who asks "how would you feel if they made fun of Jesus," you should know that Matt and Trey actually made fun of Jesus in their very first South Park video, titled The Spirit of Christmas. Obviously, Christians did not flip out and kill anyone over it. God gave us the gift laughter – I'm sure He'd rather we find humor in life instead of committing murder in His name.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
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