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. Raynell Holmes

    Americans tend to forget that we live in a society that has a freedom of speech that has not been granted to the rest of the world including some European Nations....and now that we live in an age where information travels at the speed of light and across vast spaces (as prophesied in the bible) we are shaken by the response from others who do not share our sense of liberalism Ex, after the fall of Saddam, Iraqis were still fearful of saying anything that would bring secret police to their door steps..yet we are so accustomed to saying what ever comes off our tongues with little or no repercussion.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stacy

    I didn't know it was legal for a religious group to publicly threaten someone or some people, but we wouldn't want to offend anyone by shutting them down. Another thing why is there a ISLAMIC EXTREMIST website located within the US any how. I thought thats why we passed the Patriot Act so our Gov't could control these kind of situations! I guess not, as before wouldn't want to offend anyone.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nilima

    I am a Hindu and I do not take offense when someone put Lord Ganesha's picture on toilet paper and sandals few years ago.I failed to see the point those guys were trying to make but hey this is a great country.One can voice their opinion against something but there is no need to use such inflammatory language

    April 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BJM

    Just as I suspected...bears are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    This is the exact reason why Matt and Trey of South Park made this episode. They knew very well they were going to get threats and wanted to see what the loons would say and do. And they proved themselves right. Those of you who think freedom of speech should have its limits are completely wrong. You start limiting one form of speech, and pretty soon none of it's free.

    And Z talks of a crime: "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." What crime? It's only criminal if it is written in the law of the land, not in some book you happen to use for religious guidance.

    I am sick of all of this nonsense regarding images of dead prophets and supposed gods and whatever. It's just plain ridiculous that a CARTOON can enrage someone enough to evoke death threats.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohammad

    I am a muslim and i denounce the threats and messages posted on the revolutionislam.com website. Unfortunately our religion has been hijacked by Radicals. The voices of muslims such as ourselves who denounce such violence – is never really broad casted on the news stations and other media outlets. I can guarantee you that there are a huge number of muslims and muslim population accross the globe that denounce the radical / wahabi interpretation of ISLAM. But there is really no TRUE outlet for us to voice this and spread our message. The News merely picks only the events that are about radical muslims and hence leaves an impression that NO MUSLIMS object to the violence or voice out our concerns.

    Any how I AM OPENLY DENOUNCING the violence and agree that such people who claim to be muslims and preach violence should be legally prosecuted and kicked out of UNITED STATES. Tell them to go to SAUDI ARABIA and live there as a MUSLIM. They will realize true HYPOCRISY exists in THE WAHABI NATION OF SAUDI ARABIA – THE KINGDOM that practices RACISM and calls themselves a MUSLIM COUNTRY.. We muslims have more freedom to practice our religion and live peacefully in the USA – then in the muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia itself.

    Again – I as a MUSLIM – DENOUNCE the hatred and violence being preached on the website.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris Friesen

    "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."

    Yeah right. Ending up like Theo Van Gogh and giving the people the opportunity to protest aren't exactly the same thing,Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee.

    This is why we fight radical Islam

    April 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TyHouston

    How does the Quran not promote violence yet at the same time promote slautghting people who are not of your religion, who leave your religion, who do not convert, ect?

    Sorry, I was stationed in Iraq for 18 months and know a little bit more than you expect about the US versions of you are FORCE to behave like a human being Muslim and what the nut jobs over in the middle east act like.

    Freedom of speech is that...FREEDOM.
    So is separation of CHURCH and STATE. That means you to, so you don't like what is said keep that in mind it's the same thing that allows your treasonous mouths to say the US is the devil, great satan and not get your rear throw in jail for TREASON.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sense

    I say send U.S. militiamen from New Hamphshire to the New York site of these idiots. That is a threat any way you put it.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RMURTS

    I am muslim. The threat is absurd. The responding comments whereby Islam as a whole is insulted adds to the absurdity. So what have we learned? Some people have nothing better to do but cause conflict where no conflict needs to exist. End of the day, who cares. Love God, Love your fellow man and the world is a better place. Salaam, Peace, God Bless.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. anonymous

    We should all bury our heads in the sand. Also, where was all this commotion in an early episode of South Park involving the Super Best Friends.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    I do not like South Park and I have no respect for the show. I am offended in what they say and the characters they feature. I would love to see the show go down the tubes and never influence my children. All that said, it is not my place to judge or punish. No brainer, turn the channel and say a prayer.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JRL

    Most of us in the West believe in basic human rights, of which free speech is one of them. Freedom to practice whatever religious beliefs that you desire, or to not practice them at all, without interference from anyone is another. Muslim people, and nations, will not advance until they do the same, and they defile their own culture and religion by their blatant, medieval attitudes toward human rights.

    Threaten all you want. We're not impressed, or frightened.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carlos

    I think that islamic extremists find it empowering to bully people. These extremists don't have much hope, since most are probably poorly educated and/or mentally unstable. So what do bullies do when they are helpless: they beat up their women, beat up others, kill others, etc. The only difference between a thug and an islamic extremist is that one group claims that they are doing it in the name of god. These folks are stuck in the middle ages, much like the Christian Crusaders from that time.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark Michaud

    All I have to say on the matter is that in THIS country and other western countries we have the RIGHT to draw what we wish and have freedom of speech. It is called a free society. If people are uncomfortable with this then they should move to a different country with their values. The fact that people get so upset over a Mohamed drawing is so ridiculous to me. I support South Park 100% and encourage them to do more. GO SOUTH PARK!!

    April 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
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