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. Bryan

    Shahiq....go ahead and say what you want about Jesus. It wont change my viewpoint of him. The program is on COMEDY CENTRAL, it is not meant to be taken literally....and Ummi they aren't trying to hurt anyones feelings, just trying to make people laugh, which is what they did!!! Before you attack this single episode why not watch one that pokes fun at Hillary Clinton, or gingers (red-headed and freckled people), or even Jews!! And to respond to the Jesus comment once more...they have featured a Jesus character on numerous episodes (poking fun at him and the religion, in almost all of them) What it comes down to is South Park is a comedic television show that in no way should be taken seriously, if you don't like it, then dont watch, because after all wouldn't it be a violation of "free" speech if the creators of South Park were to be censored....? Oh and Mohammed has be a character on the show before...where were all these extreme views of criticizim then???

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    The creators of South Park have every right to put this into their show. They offend, in the name of comedy, all groups. Why should muslims be excluded? Who in this world has a right to not be insulted?? Are we heading back to the dark ages people?!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david

    If you check, the website is down. islam is NOT a religion of peace, and Shaqiq, if you want to make fun of Jesus, go ahead! This is America, we have the freedom to say/create whatever we want!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    To Shahiq. If you made fun of Jesus, I might get upset. I may even laugh. However, I would not issue a death threat and call for your head. So in your religion it is okay to kill someone if you don't like what they say? That can't be true.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ty

    South Park makes fun of Jesus all the time, and these episodes do not result in thinly-veiled death threats. Just sayin ...

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Loki

    The postings by Muslims in response to this article reinforce the opinions of many non-Muslims. They say nothing to distance themselves from the radical violence. They justify their hatred by asking how Christians would "feel" if a Muslin made fun of Jesus. News flash, many, many groups disparage the name of Jesus. BUT death threats, riots, murder and radom viloence do not result. If Christians reacted as Muslims do, the wolrd would be in a constant state of chaos.
    Certainly Muslins have every right to voice thier displeasure with the catoon, BUT to threaten to MURDER the creators is simply wrong. It is a shame that many Muslims would condone such threats and violence either through excuse making, or silence.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Neil

    Ummi , Shahiq and anyone else with similar views,

    If you watch media in the US and in other countries which allow freedom of expression, you will see numerous examples of comments and cartoons (including South Park) wherein the author treats Jesus in a way that the most devout christains would find offensive. That is exactly what was contemplated by the First Amendment to the US Constitutition, which Revolutionmuslim. com seeks the protection of when spewing its hate and thinly-veiled threats but abhors when someone says something that offends. Offensive speech is supposed to result in countervailing points of view, not death threats. It is not "extremism" to write a cartoon that some may find offensive. It is, however, extremism to invite people to kill an author who has written or drawn something that you find offensive.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Bob

    Wow! The Islamist terrorists may seek vengeance by posting cartoons of Parker & Stone in bear suits! Or maybe the radicals will blow themselves up in revenge! Cowardly swine.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Warmachine

    Their religion condones the murdering and raping of women and children. I find it comical that these clowns would complain about a cartoon when they themselves condone the systemic murder and raping of women and children. These people act like animals!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    i've seen southpark make fun of jesus plenty of times!! i have YET to see any catholic, baptist, protesant, or any other, truly, god-fearing religion issue any kind of ridiculous statement as these knuckleheads!!!

    smile a little!!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Californian

    What South Park Studios has produced is protected by free speech. The response from that radical islamic website is dangerously close to not being protected. Should anything happen to the South Park creators or anything that relates to the show then you can bet the feds will swoop and take that radical site and owners down. As for being sensitive to religions and characterizations of religious figures, Congress cannot limit that since it would violate the First Amendment. By the way, South Park has made fun of Jesus and many religious figures so one cannot claim that only one religion has been slighted.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dirkadirka jihad

    i am sick and tired of radicak muslims trying to kill everyone. "this is not a threat but a warning..." but all violent muslims feel free to jump off a bridge in sacrifice of your beliefs?!?!? please?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Anyone that watches this show would know that Jesus has been satired to the point of being a recurring character. What would happen if a high profile christian organization had made similiar threats? It would be headline news. Instead, this will go away in a day or so and no one will even talk about it. This extremist group will continue to spew their venom freely.

    It amazes me how we go out of our way not to offend people who could care less about our own rights and beleifs.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    You can make fun of Jesus all you want, he has a sense of humor and has no problem turning the other cheek when attacked. His true followers would never come close to the violence that is displayed by others when discussing their religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Crusader

    No, Muslims do not go around making fun of Jesus. They just kill and behead the people that believe he is the Son of God. Now that's a religion of peace.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
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