Americans love their freedom, and they love their culture. The fellows who run South Park are a beloved part of American culture, and they're smarter than most people. It's high time we started to pay tribute to their ability to win these debates with humorless prigs:
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.
If you want a good reason to support the efforts of the United States government to kill a radical cleric living abroad, then you need look no further than this:
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.
My guess is that Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone haven't stopped laughing at this hollow threat. How ironic is it that this radical website is fully protected under the free speech laws of this country, the same free speech laws that allow Parker and Stone to have a laugh at the nonsensical preciousness regarding the image of Mohammed. Hollywood may cringe at the idea of being made fun of by South Park, but, secretly, it means you've arrived and are worthy of their consideration when they go after you.