A decision by Comedy Central to bleep out the words “Prophet Muhammad” on a follow-up episode of “South Park” that aired yesterday is not enough to remedy the situation, the author of an extremist Muslim website told WND today.
Younus Abdullah Muhammad, author of RevolutionMuslim.com, charged “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone continue to “mock” Muhammad even though the Islamic figure’s name was censored from a follow-up show that aired last night.
RevolutionMuslim.com earlier this week warned the “South Park” creators should be “afraid for their lives” since there is a “very real possibility” they will end up murdered like Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. The Islamic site issued the warning after an episode of “South Park” last week depicted Islam’s prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit.
Asked today if a network decision to bleep out Muhammad’s name in a follow-up show satisfied his site, Abdullah Muhammad replied, “They continue to mock. It’s a blatant mockery and it’s typified by their response. We declared what is Islamically permissible.”
In a statement posted on its website today, RevolutionMuslim.com repeated the harsh words against Parker and Stone.
“Our position remains that it is likely the creators of South Park will indeed end up like Theo Van Gogh. This is a reality,” read the statement, referring to the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by an Islamic extremist in 2004 after making a film on Islam and violence against women.
Abdullah Muhammad claimed to WND his site was not issuing threats against the “South Park” creators, but was pointing out the Islamic punishment for mocking Muhammad is death.
“As for the Islamic ruling on the situation, then this is clear,” read a statement from Abdullah Muhammad’s site today. “There is no difference of opinion from those with any degree of a reputation that the punishment is death. Ibn Taymiyyah a great scholar of Islam says, ‘Whoever curses the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – a Muslim or a non-Muslim – then he must be killed …’ and this is the opinion of the general body of Islamic scholars.”
The site called for Parker and Stone to “understand the tastelessness of their portrayal, apologize and reflect on the words that follow.”
The site, however, stated, an apology “might not remedy the situation, but it would go a long way toward turning this situation from a gaping wound into an ugly scar.”
After their initial threats, WND asked specifically whether Stone and Parker should fear for their lives. Abdullah Muhammad replied, “Isn’t that what the post said? That there will probably be some form of retaliation.”
RevolutionMuslim.com is known for its support of the ideology of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.
In February 2009, WND reported the website issued a series of videos targeting the New York headquarters of Chabad, a Jewish outreach movement, just two months after the group was rocked by a deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.
Videos posted on the website also asked viewers to “give the Islamic message” to Yeshiva University, a Manhattan-based Jewish college, as well as “Jewish Federation buildings all over the U.S.” in response to the institutions’ purported funding for Israel amid its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The apparent threats resulted in a New York Police Department investigation and a beefed-up police presence outside the Chabad headquarters.