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. Dave

    It is understandable that Muslims take religion seriously. I saw the episode of South Park in question, and I thought that Muhammed was represented as kind, mild-mannered, seeking peace, and yes, dressed in a bear suit. I applaud the creators of South Park for their method, actually- the episode mentioned repeatedly that Muhammed was above slander and was venerated by the characters. Matt and Trey are merely bringing to light the ludicrous reasoning used to 'defend' Islam. Muhammed, and discourse about Muhammed, being a historical figure as he is, is not subject to a monopoly. This boils down to the right of people to have an intelligent discourse, and any group that seeks to stifle speech seeks tyranny. All of Islam is not like this, but there are pockets of evil in every religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Banerjee

    I am not a fan of any kind of defamation, this particular episode took a deep stab at not only Islam but Buddhism, by depicting Siddartha Gautama Buddha as coke addict doing lines, and they also took a cheap shot at the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna. I mean they put Mohammed in a Teddy Bear outfit, its not like they drew him as a human as they did for Buddha and Krishna. I have been a fan of South Park for their funny and controversial episodes, but this time I think they may have gone to far. I think a public apology from Parker and Stone the creators is warranted. It is the least they can do. I am a practitioner of Sanatan Dharma the religion the occident refers to as Hinduism, as that word does not exist in the lexicon of Sanskrit.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AJ

    Where were the Prophet Mohammed whiners when he was one of the super best friends? No where, so ya'll go on back there now.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. huh?

    Z, That's the problem right there:

    "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. "

    Regardless of what conclusion you reach, you clearly feel that somebody who isn't Muslim is still bound by the laws of Islam. And what punishment will you dole out to a non-Muslim, who is living in a non-Islamic, secular country?

    Give me a break.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justin

    If muhammed is all powerful as the islam religion claims why don't they let him do the dirty work. If it was left up to him nothing would happen. Islam and all other religions peaceful or not are a contagious mental disease with horrible repricussions as seen in this article. Religions drive people to do things a sane person with a conscience would never do.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Devin

    What is funny, is that a teacher from England was nearly sentenced to 15 days jail time and deportation for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad. The maximum penalty for the original charge, which has attracted world wide attention, was 40 lashes, a fine and six months in prison. This had to play into the South Park episode, Sorry if someone already caught this. I didn't read all 200+ comments.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jafly

    Don't cave in to these people. Free Speech and Freedom of Expression are what our country was founded upon. It's our way of life and it trumps Freedom of Religion hands down. South Park makes fun of Jesus, the Devil, you name it. Don't watch it if it offends you, seriously, act like an adult, take the remote control in your hands and change the channel to a station or program that doesn't offend you. I am forced to do that all the time, there are plenty of programs on television that offend me, I don't watch them. End of story.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. methuselah

    Anyone who follows a religion that says kill people when they mock your prophet is a fool. No man or woman is so holy that others must die if they are mocked. This is absurd and in the United States, this man should be arrested for inciting violence by suggesting such a response. His very objection should be an affront to Islam. His very objection should be an insult to Mohammed. No prophet should be so shallow as to want death because of childish mockery. That is why..it is mocked!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    Welcome to America. You have many many wonderful rights. However. NOT BEING OFFENDED is not one of those rights. Everybody has some screwy nonsense they believe in. Catholics offend protestants. Sikhs offend buddhists. Atheists offend everybody.

    Unless you want to love in a totalitarian state where ONE person decides what's acceptable, you are guaranteed to be offended at some point. So what? YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOICE YOUR OFFENSE AND ARGUE ABOUT IT! SO STOP WHINING AND MAKE A REASONABLE POINT! If you're right about Mohammad not being sketched out, tell us WHY and if it makes sense, we'll stop. But the first person to make a death-threat loses the argument.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. emily

    I don't think that anyone should resort to violence... But I DO think that people should do some research before they decide that every single Muslim promotes/endorses violence and rape. Much of the Qur'an is taken out of contexts [which also happens a lot when people are trying to prove a point with the Bible]. Not every Muslim is a terrorist. There are extremists in any religion. Lumping every Muslim into a group with those extremists is just plain ignorant.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan, CA

    Good God, Creaters of an Islamic web site based in New York that priases Osama Bin Ladin. Why haven't they been arrested for sedition? Why aren't they in jail for the duration of the war. Oh wait, congress never declared war on Bin Ladin and his organization.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justin

    Obviously there are plenty of psycho's out there regardless of religious affiliation. But this is basically a death threat and I agree, the site needs to be shut down immediately and the people behind the threat need to be put in jail.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DrVonBrain

    This is why all religion should be banned. It's divisive and incites violence. What's more...religionists can't even appreciate humour and satire and free speech.

    I say, if a fanatic acts violently in the name of your religion, the leaders of the religion should be charged with aiding and abetting. Period.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph Cavallaro

    The creaters of Revolutionmuslim.com want to shoot their mouths off in the United States and be protected by first admendment rights while they scream in support of Jihad and Bin Laden? Are these idiots for real? This site should be shut down by the federal government and these individuals should be thrown in cells at Gitmo. They want to preach hate but they don't want anyone else to have a say about their foolishness or about their beliefs. These guys have a lot of nerve! What a joke.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sdurham11

    I hate South Park because it's just not a good cartoon as I can't understand anything those character's are doing much less saying. Maybe you have to be part of this new generation of socially damaged children we've raised in order to understand it. Having said that, I think these Muslim's are pathetic for making a terroristic threats on the cartoons creator's for depicting Mohamed in a manner they find disrespectful. Obviously these jihadist parasites have no room for freedom of speech. If these Muslim's are American citizen's, then they need to believe in the U. S. Constitution and MUST follow it. If not, they need to leave the USA and go to a Muslim country where basic human rights are forbidden.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
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