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. LedZep

    This religion is sick. I have read bits and pieces of the so called holy book. Seems radical to me. No wonder all the terrorist belong to one religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Free Speech

    If someone were to make fun of Jesus I hardly believe they deserve to be "warned" of grave consequences. I would find it offensive however not an offense punishable by death. I don't know of any other religion that feels it necessary to execute someone solely based on a cartoon depiction. Taking your religion seriously is great. This goes way beyond serious. This is just plain ridiculous. Boarding on crazy.

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

    So a jihad because a CARTOON shows a picture of a bear and says it's supposed to be M. (I'm not going to say his name because I don't want to be the subject of a jihad just because I put his name in print) in disguise?!? And people don't think these wackadoos are extremists?!? This sounds like a more credible terrorist threat than the diplomat who recently made the shoe bomb joke. I agree- get Homeland Security involved and arrest these people, or at least put them on the no-fly list,

    It's also interesting that the web site feels free to publish the contact details for South Park and all the people associated with them, yet they hide behind Whois Privacy Protection Service for their own domain registration. Cowards!!

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

    In response to Shahiq: We don't care when people make fun of Jesus. Jesus is a recurring character in South Park and is made fun of and put into crazy situations all the time. You guys need to lighten up.

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

    If your prophet is really who he claimed he was, why must you kill anyone who questions him. I am a Christian and i dont mind being made fun of because i know that when i die i get to go to heaven and nothing anybody does or says about Jesus Christ or me can ever change that. Obliviously Muslims dont share the same confidence in there god that i do

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

    This is obviously not a message on "the reality" that we live in; it is meant to convey that someone in their following will get them, and they condone that. I watch South Park and I didn't even see this as pointing fun at the religion of Islam; this was a joke on extremists who use anything as a reason for violence. "You made fun of me, therefore I'll kill you." This is not a rational thought process and needs to stop. And I see these same people are asking about how we would feel if they made fun of Jesus. You obviously have not seen the show. They do make fun of Jesus, and every single group you can imagine. That is their point, and you missed it entirely. Jesus as a talk show host, the mormons, the scientologists, the jews, the super best friends. But things like this just make extremists look even more ridiculous, it wouldn't be a big thing if you didn't respond like this.

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

    Regardless how you veil it. (pardon the pun) IT IS A THREAT! And the artists should take action.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nigel

    @Ummi & Shahiq

    Have you seen the episode in question? It's not an attack on Islam, but an attack on the growing frequency with which lawsuits and threats of violence are being used to silence critics and stifle creativity. At no point is Mohammed mocked in the show, only the kind of people who make threats like those above. I expect they knew this would happen and have taken precautions. A clear case of offence being taken when it's not intended to be given.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason B.

    @conoclast: There are no moderate Islamic voices speaking out. They're probably afraid of the Islamic loonies coming to take them out. You know, speaking against the jihad would be taking the side of the enemy.

    While I'm not a violent individual, I'm getting to the point of using some of our "spare" nukes to turn the Middle East into a giant sheet of glass...

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KlyT

    Neither this episode nor the Super Best Friends episode makes fun of Mohammed. The object of the joke is the radical reaction everyone has to even the thought of depicting him. And to answer your question Shahiq, you have only to look at any of their episodes where they themselves depict Jesus. They use him very regularly and you never hear of any threats based on that.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    Shahiq,
    Far more people make fun of Jesus/Christianity in this country than any other faith. Case in point, the creators of SouthPark have created a number of episodes featuring Jesus as a part of or the brunt of a joke. They are equal opportunity offenders, leaving no demographic group unmolested. As one who ascribes to Christianity, I don't take offense to portrayals of Christians/Jesus in the media. Some of it, especially toward fringe groups, is warranted and completely understandable and has made me laugh even.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. andy

    Typical Muslims once again. Complain they hurt and mame women? You're dead. Make a cartoon? You're dead. How about YOU ARE DEAD. You're religion is DEAD. You wonder why "Infidels" stomp your religion to the ground? Perhaps it has lost its RIGHT to be a religion when all it does is preaches hate and death. The site is already shut down. I would arrest every person involved for terrorism.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ray

    it is one thing to mock a religious figure. it is another to threaten others with death for doing so. Is the position of Islam so weak that it can not with stand argument or satire? if a Muslim possessed true faith in their god then that Muslim would not need to eliminate all of those who disagree or voice opposition. Plenty of people make fun of Jesus. Christians get mad but they don't go around killing the mockers.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack W

    I just drew a picture of the prophet mohammed doing the hokie pokie with a goat. I taped it to the back of my Jeep. I'm in Sacramento, CA. Come get me!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Bob

    How do the radical Muslims actually know that it was really Muhammad inside the bear suit on the cartoon show? Maybe it was just another cartoon character like Binky the Clown pretending to be Muhammad. While Islam does forbid the portrayal of the prophet Muhammad, islam does not outlaw the portrayal of a cartoon character such as inside a bear suit pretending to be Muhammad.

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