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. commoner500

    To all the proponents of free speech. How many of you would support disparaging comments on jews or the hlocaust on comedy central?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew Snape

    This reminds me of the protests in London a few years ago when Muslims carried placards saying stuff like "People who call Islam a violent religion should be beheaded". I think it's hilarious how they talk about assassination and violent consequences of the episode and then try and say they are not making threaths. I guess human dishonesty and stupidity have no limits.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. LT

    As a proud American living in the Middle East I have to say in my experience many Muslims are peaceful people who want the same things we do, to go about their lives and be happy. I do run into extremism, but every religion has two faces. You are only seeing a slice of the pie, but if you were to travel to Bahrain you might be shocked at what you find.

    Now, with that said, it is beyond silly to get upset for this and as it was written and aired in the home of the free, I do believe freedom of speech covers this just as it does for any nut job out there who wants to make their opinion known. However, it ends when you start to threaten others, no matter how thinly veiled the comment is. If it offends you, turn the channel. You have the freedom to do that too.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Para59

    People protect those things that are most fragile. Islam is surely fragile. In an open society, everything is fair game.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. ...

    I think the religion is something from people past..its history...the way how people explained the nature and thing they dont understand. But of course when you see how these people are living i see why they get so serious about the religion..Hellloouu guys its 2010

    April 20, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Skeptikal

    If a cartoon picture of a person inside a bear costume counts as an "Image" or "representation" of Mohammed, then the printed word "Mohammed" itself should count just as much.
    But it's obvious these people are radicals who don't really care about the religion or their own prophet.
    News and TV networks need to stop giving in to the threats these people make. When there are only a few who stand up for our rights, those few will be targeted. But if large numbers of publications and TV networks ALL join in to support them, there will simply be too many targets for them to effectively continue their fear tactics.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    As much as it pains me to say it, I think that watching South Park may have become a patriotic obligation.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dutchman

    Religion in general is cruel and keeps holding humankind back a few notches.
    From the peaceful muslims who kill anyone that disagree with them to the christians who say homosexuality is a sin.

    Matt and Trey, keep doing what you're doing!

    April 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sara

    Wasn't the whole first South Park movie about Jesus versus the Devil. It was sacrilegious, but that has become the society norm to be sacrilegious when it comes to religion in general. Christians are constantly getting made fun of, so get used to it. Sorry Muslims, but here in the U.S. your religion is no more special than any of the others. Freedom of speech will ALWAYS win out here in the U.S. and we have what is called a separation of church and state. And you have the right to be upset same as the Christians, but if you want your religion to be respected you should take a stand against a group that threatens to KILL over a cartoon show!! I am a Christian, but I in no way support the alleged "Christian militia" that think somehow by killing they are doing Christianity any favors. Religion is NEVER a valid excuse to murder!

    April 20, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. S. Falls

    There will be fanatics in any religion willing to commit violence for what they feel is right. The other constant should be the rule of law. Just like the mobsters gesturing or using coded phrases to carry out crimes, so to should the inciters of violence. I hope the first poster is correct and that this can be considered a crime of some sort. Of course, I suspect this author and site are probably not here in this country...but that is what extradition laws are for.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bassdude

    If I recall, South Park has depicted Jesus violently slaying Iraqis while rescuing Santa Claus; depicted God as a purple hippopotamus-thing; depicted Jews as cocaine-addicted homosexual aliens; and depicted Scientology as a group of wandering pedophiles, among many other things. Why do Muslims expect their special imaginary friend to get special treatment?

    April 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Britney

    Also, to the comment a bit above this, Cartman makes fun of Kyle for being a Jew in like every episode of SP ever made. They also had that whole Anne Frank themed episode with Cartman hiding cats in his attic.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. beejeebus

    I say post the address of this group, then go "protest" their offices in new york

    April 20, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Adam Liborso

    Boy, I hate a certain religion that is based on hate and anger! And I hate people who are zealots for that certain hate- and anger-based religion.

    Gosh, I hope I phrased things carefully enough that nobody is gonna issue a fatwa against me and get all jihad on me 😉

    April 20, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. jbw

    So, who besides me can't wait for tomorrow's episode?

    April 20, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
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