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. Bryant

    Shahiq,
    You ask how I would feel if you made fun of Jesus. While it would anger me, you do not see me making threats of violence because you did so, not do you see me calling for your brutal death. Does this mean I love my God less than you love yours? Not at all. Some of us have been able to get past the idea of my God has been slandered or harmed by you making "fun" of Him. You don't believe Jesus is Lord, nor do I think Allah is God. If I don't believe in your God, how does it harm Him if I slight Him?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stan marsh

    Shahiq people make fun of Jesus everyday....including south park but Muslims are the only ones threatening violence. Your argument is a joke just like that whole religion of peace garbage

    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. shareef

    southpark makes fun of everything...its one of the most entertaining shows on television...there are many offensive things shown on south park directed towards the christian faith...but..its funny...let a smile not be a curse...

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

    Re: Shahiq

    Asking for an example of a Muslim "making fun of Jesus" is like asking for an example of a Muslim making fun of Mohammad, because they are both prophets of Islam. The fact that Mohammad is the perfect example et. al. does not detract from the point that they are both prophets of Islam.

    Let's ask a question that actually makes sense. Have you ever seen a Muslim make fun of Buddah? Ah. Have you ever seen Muslims destroy Buddhist monuments thousands of years old, which are cherished not only by Muslims but by people of many religions who value the historical artifacts of our species?

    Have you heard of the numerous incidents of Muslims destroying places of worship of all other religions in Islamic countries because they have violated Sharia by being uppity and repairing their buildings or being so brazen as to construct new ones?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MATT

    SHAHIQ...how can you support a man who_raped little girls and had no respect for others? maybe that is why your religion is so violent...? do you really see jews nailing christians to two by fours, no... some have become more civilized than your barbaric ways.

    get your head out of the sand

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. juand

    @Shahiq

    I think you need to also understand that you don't live in a muslim-law country. U.S.A.'s constitution is what allows you to be Muslim in America. It is also what allows me to believe in Jesus. Unlike many countries where you must abide by a single religion.

    However, you must also understand that your ideology must not be imposed to everyone else. Please follow the rules and norms of your religion because they're important to you (of course within the boundaries of the law). But respect that part of the culture of America is our freedom to, essentially, make fun of each other and still live together as one country. That means we should be able to make fun of you just like you can make fun of us. While you don't have to exercise this right, and that might make you a better person that the rest of us, you should also understand that it's the tie that bind us as a country.

    I imagine you don't want us to impose our culture on to you. You probably wouldn't want Catholics to impose ash wednesday as a legal holiday. So it's equally important that you don't impose your cultural or religious restrictions on everyone else.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. equaltime

    Shahiq- South Park takes shots at all religions. They have poked fun at various christian, jewish, mormon, budhist, Scientology, etc. Here we don't kill people because of what they say. Shun them, protest them, say your own views.. cool. Do harm? Barbaric.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. G

    Have these people ever watched South Park? The show takes aim at everyone!!! Jews, Muslims, Christians, Scientologists, Gays, Women, Blacks, Jesus... It is satire people! I would guess they thought it was funny when South Park had Tom Cruise come out of the Scientology closet! You bet this is a veiled threat, and I hope Homeland Security does something about it.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniela

    South Park regularly makes fun of Jesus–they've done so from the beginning, with their very first 5-minute Christmas "episode." Christians still watch South Park. They make fun of everything and everyone, which is indeed their point.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kelly

    I am a support of all faiths. However, we are not in the dark ages.
    I doubt God or Allah or Muhamed would one one of their most precious creatrues they created "Humans' to be killed and multilated for making showing the face of Muhammed.
    Have we not learned enough from the 7 Crusades, were millions were slaughered, or 6 millions Jews killed. We were not put on Eatth to Kill, we were put here to grow and love.

    No one should have the right to threatan anyone. We have courts to take care of issues.
    But if one murders, he should be held to the same standards as all under a fair court of law.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce Roll

    Personal beliefs are not public facts. All followers of every religion should spend less time memorizing their respective sacred texts and more time studying their religion’s actual history. A religious devotion is no basis for murdering and/or maiming fellow human beings.

    I have had enough of devout extremists threatening everyone’s safety, because a non-believer had the audacity to question their religious beliefs. To me, the three most repulsive words in the English language are Evangelical, Orthodox, and Fundamentalist.

    The United States of America is a democratic republic, not a theocracy. We should stand by our constitutional freedoms and not bow to the will of ignorant religious zealots.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lori

    "South Park" is brilliant. Even though the show pushes the envelope, it always "lands on its feet" with insight, intelligence, and side-splitting humor. I applaud the courage of Trey and Matt to speak their minds, and thank them for their brilliant work.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Buddy took the words right out of my mouth.

    They are hypocrites. That want to use our first amendment rights, yet threaten to kill someone for poking fun at something. They need to get over it and move on.

    Oh, and Shahis, South Park makes fun of Jesus all the time. They did it in that episode. They make fun of everything. People make fun of them. They have fun in life, get over it already. If you don;t like it, don;t watch it.
    I hope the feds make life miserable for that web site.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BigChedda

    This is America, get use to how we do things. If you don't like it then deal with it or get out, nobody wants to hear you cry about your problems.
    America deals with so many offensive things from other cultures but instead of murdering and threatening like the Islamic faith, we ignore it and let people stay here and live the life we live. Maybe Islamic people need to do the same thing instead of taking away America's freedom of speech? And it's FREEDOM OF SPEECH, not freedom to kill and threaten all who offend you and your little girly religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry

    If Allah is all powerful, and Mohammed his ultimate prophet so perfect...why should they fear a cartoon?

    April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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