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. jmp

    All of us, in one way or another, have been represented on South Park. Most of us take it with a sense of humor; just as it's intended.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    It is clear that the author of that post, Abu Talhah al Amrikee, did not actually watch the South Park episode. The entire point of the joke was that the characters COULDN'T show any depiction of the Prophet Mohammed because Islamic extremist would retaliate violently. That's why they had to disguise him. These guys at Revolutionmuslim.com just proved the point of the show. The episode in no way showed anything derogatory about the Prophet Mohammed. In fact, he was depicted as a revered superhero in the episode. What the episode poked fun at was the ridiculous, overzealous attitudes of Islamic extremist who deem any depiction of Prophet Mohammed not controlled by them to be sin.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. b

    Jesus Christ is mocked everyday in society. Yet Christians don't vow to kill someone over it. And we wonder why these people still live in the dark ages...

    April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dane

    Religion of peace strikes again

    April 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    Thank you South Park for at least having the integrity to go this far. The Western world needs to show that free speech will not be intimidated.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JMcTigue

    In my opinion this is would be aiding and abiding anyone who wishes harm on these cartoonists. Isn't that a crime? Just because you are clever with a threat doesn't make it less a threat. Home land Security, put these guys in front of an American jury and let's see if they interpret this posting as a creditable threat.
    It's hard to believe groups like these reside in the U.S. especially in New York of all places, this must make the families of the victim of 9/11 feel like no one is on their side.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buddy

    It's interesting that while this group enjoys the right to free speech under the U.S. Constitution, they do not respect others rights to the same.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    If Islam is a religion of peace then where is the outrage from the rest of the Muslim community? These are obviously thinly veiled threats designed to get someone to do their dirty work no matter what they say.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Z

    Freedom of speech has limits, and people fail to see them...

    April 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JamesKerr

    The FBI needs to shutdown that website and charge the owner with conspiracy, racketeering and threats.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ummi

    When u know that Muslims are sensitive towards their prophet (by the way Muslims recognize Jesus as propeht also), why do u want to hurt their feelings. Isnt this extremism also??

    April 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shahiq

    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?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mortaeus

    I've yet to be convinced that Islam is a religion of peace...

    April 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. conoclast

    I agree wholeheartedly with Bill; just where are the Islamic voices of moderation? Why aren't they taking giant-steps to distance themselves from the crazies?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    It's quite funny that these people enjoy the freedoms of this country. Being able to speak your mind. Post things on a website that are against the country you are living in and against the citizens general point of view. If an american went to a muslim nation and tried to do the exact same thing, we would be jailed without trial. What a crock.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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