I am a big fan of animation but by no means a fan of the show South Park, which airs on the cable channel Comedy Central. Of the episodes that I have seen, they can tend to push the envelope a bit with some of their story lines.. and I am not really sure anyone or any story line is safe from becoming a South Park episode. It is a free country after all, but you can’t speak ill of religion! Oh no! Not that! Afterall religion has such a great track record all by itself.
A recent episode of South Park would prove that as obvious that the shows creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, were recently issued a “warning” that they could share the same fate as the late Theo Van Gogh because of the perceived negative portrayal of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker, “was killed by a radical Islamist in 2004 after making a movie that featured a beaten, naked Muslim woman covered in writings from the Quran.”
Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, of revolutionmuslim.com, has authored a warning which included the addressess of the South Park production company and Comedy Central. CNN contacted the author about the threats and stated:
the addresses were provided to give people the opportunity to protest rather than as a threat, according to CNN.
You issue a warning that someone could be killed for satire… and then you just give out an address for people to protest?
The anti-“South Park” post includes audio from a sermon in which the speaker says assassination is justifiable punishment for those who defame Muhammad.
The man delivering the sermon, U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, is in hiding in Yemen and is on a list of al-Qaida leaders targeted for capture or assassination, according to CNN.
CNN says Al-Amrikee, the author of the post, said the al-Awlaki sermon was included in his post to remind Muslims that insulting the prophet is a severe offense for which the punishment in Islam is death.