What a surprise! South Park’s Mobear depiction ignites Muslim fury

THE portrayal of the “prophet” Mohammed disguised as a bear in the 200th episode of South Park has pissed off a frothing band of jihadi jerks, who are now growling threats at the popular TV series’ creators.

Mohammed, portrayed as a bear

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 episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the “prophet” could be shown. In the end, he is shown wearing a bear suit.

According to this report, Revolutionmuslim, 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.

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 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 …

It then listed 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 US-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.

US officials say al-Awlaki is on a list of al Qaeda leaders targeted for capture or assassination.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 added that RevolutionMuslim may hold protests about the show.

Hat tip: Sister Talitha

Update: 20.04.2010.

Revolutionmuslim got itself hacked earlier today. Visitors to the site were confronted with this home page:

The site has now gone done completely!