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. John Gomes

    My best friends are muslims... not sunni's not shiites -just muslims. These guys starting with the biggest pig of all Osama Bin Laden are all just sons of pigs ... Abu Talhah al Amrikee and Anwar Al-Awlaki .... Same thing all pigs and real sons of satan. May they all roast in hell.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kyle

    @ Ummi
    Yes Mohamed was a prophet but Jesus is the son of God. Comparing the two is ridiculous. South Park should be allowed to show Mohammed the same way they are alowed to show and make fun of Jesus, Bhuda, Joseph Smith, etc.
    What makes Mohammed so special that a cartoon drawing results in death threats?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. robert tatic

    see this symbol "^"? as an artist, i 've intrepeted the prophet mohammad to look like this symbol. will the wrath of islam rain down on me now?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alzaetia

    To Shahiq, Mat and Trey have made fun of Jesus. And Scientology. And Mormonism.
    And you know what? Nobody threatened to kill them.
    I'd rather hear a Muslim make a joke about Jesus than make a death threat against a person for making a joke.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    These Islamic fundamentalists are way to easily offended. Sack up and man up. Its part of life people will always disagree and its a God given right to voice your opinions in this country. Enjoy it or shut up and ship out back to the Middle East.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hampster

    I support South Park. Go to it South Part. Give those towel heads a run for their money!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kerri

    South park.. offends EVERYONE. No subject is taboo for them. I'm not saying I agree with everything they have on their show, but it's not like Muslims are the only ones ever being singled out on that show for ridicule. If people don't like it.. don't watch it. I think people are way too sensitive. It only bothers you if you let it.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    "Have you ever seen any muslim making fun of Jesus?"

    No, but I ABSOLUTELY HAVE seen South Park make fun of Jesus, Jews, Christians, Muslims, gays, straights, conservative, liberal, pretty much anyone. They are equal opportunity offenders. But they aren't threatening anyone's life. If you don't like the show, don't watch.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rick

    Shahiq: Never saw any muslims make fun of jesus. They just kill and terrorize christians instead. Look at the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Lebanon.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    I wonder if it has occurred to them that SP is making fun of THEM, not their prophet.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gregory100

    More religious idiots dumbing down the world. We should make fun of all gods who don't exist, yet control people to such an extent that they are willing to kill. That god is a bad god.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack W

    I also plan on sending a laminated poster size version of my picture of the prophet mohammed doing the hokie pokie with a goat to this organization's New York office. I hope everyone reading this will do likewise. The only reason muslims are so sensative about questioning anything about their faith is because they know it's a bunch of hooey and the slightest provocation of actual thought among their congregations and they will wake up and opt out.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. What a croc

    If you have seen the show South Park before then you would noticed that they make fun Of everybody. It does not matter what race, sex, or religion you are, if they think that it is funny they are going to make fun of it. They even make jokes about Jesus. ITS A JOKE. If a Muslim can can talk garbage about other religions, and have a website backing Bin Laden, then why cant South Park voice their opinions too?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. St. Pete Bill

    In my opinion, Trey and Matt should have shown Mohammad not in a bear suit. They have the legal right and its one that needs to be protected. They wimped out and if the Comedy Channel forced them not to show Mohammad then it wimped out too.

    By suggesting that they would meet the unfortunate end that the Dutch film maker did, this group is inciting people to violence. I certainly hope that local police officials and the FBI are watching.

    I certainly hope that we start to take a stronger stance toward radical Islamics. When the cross the line from Religion to politics and cross the line from Religion to crime, they need to be squashed like bugs–jailed when citizens, deported when not.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Trying 2 B Sensible

    Go ahead, make fun of jesus. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALREADY DO. You might get some people who don't like you.

    But there won't be a call to kill you.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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