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. St. Pete Bill

    Comment to Ummi–in this country we are entitled to free speech which certainly includes satire, it does not extend to inciting violence to suppress other's right to speak freely.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. johnnyU

    Correct. I don't recall Muslims attacking this Jesus or God thing, but I do see top on the Behead list in Muslims countries are Jews, then Christians followed by the opposing Muslims Sunni, Shia, kurds.
    I am not sure where athieist sit in that list.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mel

    Why are the forcing others to adhere to their religion? I dont care much if someone makes fun of Jesus, God, or my religion. Only, if a proclaimed Christian partakes in this behavior only then I would be upset. I have made no allegiance to Islam and could never respect it as long as such threatening acts continue, and will continue to support the freedom of speech, that these persons are quite relaxed in enjoying. South Park Rocks!!

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paul

    clearly, believing in a god is both irrational and dangerous. zealots and wild dogs act a lot a like.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. revparadigm

    NOTICE the Muslims that post on here don't even condemn the threats against the makers of South Park, but respond with "well Muslims don't make fun of Jesus"...what a pathetic sidestep. Muslims please address the real question...which is "why do Muslims react so violently to cartoons?" How about a little tolerance & perspective?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CG

    Shagiq, it seems to be the latest culture of this country to make fun of anything christian. Why the hell should you be different?

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    if you have seen the episode they didn't make fun of Mohammed. They made fun of this BS on how you cannot depict him. there is a difference. Now if someone can tell me how showing Mohammed would be offensive PLEASE explain that to me. Why would it be so wrong to see your prophet? i just don't get it

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David Fabian

    U.S. law allows anyone to insult anyone else (especially in satire), but it does not allow terroristic threats; so the jihadists who posted the threats should be prosecuted, Sharia law has no jurisdiction in the U.S.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WHat a JOKE

    Islam is being turned into a complete joke but these NON-Muslim scum. They are no more godly than any other loser group. Pure scum and they embarrass true pure Islam. Go away you pathetic losers.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sandvich

    If there is anything these Islamic extremist should have figured out by now, it's that Americans are tolerant people to a point. However, if you go and do something stupid like trying to murder someone for making fun of your religion in the US, you're only poking a bear with a stick. If muslims think they were mistreated or represented in an unfair light after 9/11, wait until they try this crap on our soil. There will be hell to pay.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Boneless

    @Shahiq Dood, this is America. Make fun of whoever you want. I will never threaten to kill you. Specifically in this case though, Mohammed isn't even the one being made fun of. It is making fun of people who make a big deal out of making fun of Mohammed. And it's a cartoon drawing of a bear; there is no cartoon drawing of Mohammed inside that cartoon drawing. The show has always said Mohammed was awesome. He even had superpowers in the Super Best Friends episode.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Ummi, in response to your question, making a funny television show is absolutely NOT extremism. Extremism is killing the person who made the show. As for taking a religion seriously, there are limits to that as well. I think all religions take themselves too seriously, and it makes no sense to me that because you believe something, I have to completely steer clear of it in conversation and television and print unless i'm saying something good about it. Im telling you there's nothing scarier than organized religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Crawdad

    Shahiq... You have obviously never watched South Park. They have Jesus as a character on the cartoon regularly and always in a comedic light I would add. Is that funny? To some yes, to others no. The point is that no one is above being mocked on that show, and that is the beauty of South Park. It forces people that watch it to THINK about the society they live in, the rules we either put on ourselves or that others do, not to mention the breaking of taboos. If you don't like it, don't watch it, but like all things in America, you are free to say what you want...

    April 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cosmo

    I'm about as big an advocate for free speech – I consider myself to be a civil libertarian – but this crosses the line. When you play audio stating by a cleric which states that those who defame the prophet should be killed, over the face of one person who already was murdered, and two others who have just "defamed" the prophet, then that is incitement to violence, plain and simple. That just asking for someone to put a hit on the south park creators. I don't know what legal or law enforcement options exist for Tre and Matt, but I suggest that they look for ways to protect themselves in the meantime.

    I agree with other commentators that the moderate voices of Islam in this country need to start drowning out these nutcases – and lets face it, there are nut cases in EVERY religion.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CG

    If you can be arrested for standing up in a crowded theater and yelling fire then YES there is a limit to free speech. Making threats to harm someone is not legal. Creating a cult who's purpose is to kill anyone who differs from them goes against the very foundation of our constitution. The KKK is illegal. nazism is illegal, the Mafia is illegal, this damn group is just as illegal.

    I tell you what, if someone group were to threaten me, and the law did nothing, I'd be sure to get them long before they got me.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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