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 â€œjihadâ€ 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 â€“ 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
Here’s the “offensive” image:
Yeah, that’s clearly… um…offensive…
In any case, the Muslim group has threatened to bear their souls:
The posting on Revolutionmuslim.com says: â€œWe 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.â€
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.
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 â€œdefamedâ€ the Prophet Mohammed â€“ citing one religious authority as saying â€œHarming Allah and his messenger is a reason to encourage Muslims to kill whoever does that.â€ U.S. officials say al-Awlaki is on a list of al Qaeda leaders targeted for capture or assassination.
I could be wrong, but I think South Park’s bear image is supposed to be mocking the animals that inhabit a Hamas kids TV show, but apparently only one can play this game:
Maybe Stone and Parker should just offer to rebroadcast the episode featuring Jesus boxing Satan as a gesture of equal opportunity religion-mocking goodwill.