Tuesday, 20 April 2010

South Park gets death threat

One of the themes of what I say here is this: that the so-called "radicals" in Islam, the "extremists" who, we are told, "hijack" the Religion of Peace to the consternation of "moderate Muslims",  are in fact nothing of the sort.  They are mainstream pious Muslims who have read their scripture: the Koran, the Hadith and the Sirah (the life of Muhammad).  The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the same thing, commenting about so-called "moderate Islam":
"These descriptions are very ugly; it is offensive and an insult to our religion.  There is no moderate or immoderate [sic] Islam.  Islam is Islam and that's it." [Source: MilliyetTurkey, August 21, 2007]. 
But back to "South Park"...

 CNN reports that an outfit called RevolutionIslam.com has issued a thinly veiled death threat to the creators of the cartoon South Park, for making fun of Muhammad in Episode 200.  This time they did not -- as they did in pre-September 2001, shown above -- portray Muhammad; they had him dressed in a Bear outfit -- a sly reference to the "teddy bear" incident, when a naively innocent young English teacher, in Sudan as I recall, had her class name the teddy bear they'd been given, and she went along with the class's choice of "Muhammad", a move which incenced the good Imams of Sudan who called for her head.  In the end her resignation and repatriation was the outcome.
In the current South Park case, Revolution Islam notes at the end of the vid that others have been killed for insulting Muhammad. There's also some pretty nasty stuff from Anwar al-Awlaki, the preacher who tutored Nidal the killer at Fort Hood.  He quotes scripture and example, of why and when it is necessary to kill those who make fun of Muhammad.
The posters on CNN site include many Muslims, some of whom decry RevolutionIslam's call, saying that it's "unIslamic" or asking themselves "what would Muhammad do" and answering themselves: that he would turn the other cheek and show tolerance.  Wrong. He would not. How do we know this?  As I posted to CNN (though I'm guessing they won't post it;  PS: they did, post # 230):
    To: "Z" (Post No. 209). "....if the makers of South Park actually committed a crime..." ?? 
    It is not a "crime" under any US law to depict Muhammad.  It is only a "crime" to modern (and ignorant, willfully or otherwise) people, who do not know that Muhammad has been depicted down the ages by Muslim and non-Muslim artists alike. In fact, "South Park" itself showed Muhammad in a 2001 episode, with no repercussions, because that was before the Danish Imams beat up on the Danish cartoons.
    As to "what would Muhammad do" if he saw "South Park" making fun of him and/or Islam? The answer is, just like "RevolutionIslam.com", he would call for their heads. Don't you know that Muhammad had a satirical poet Asma bint Marwan put to death because she made fun of him. Asked by the fellow who carried out the murder at Muhammad's request (Umayr b. Adiy al-Khatmi) if there would be any evil consequences Muhammad said "Two goats won't butt their heads about her". Read your own history! That's the example of the Prophet: kill those who make fun of you. Didn't you hear Anwar al-Awlaki on the video? He tells the story about the same thing: killing in the name of Allah and of Muhammad of those who make fun of Muhammad, of Allah or of Islam.
    That's what we're dealing with here: RevolutionIslam.com is just being true to the teachings.
Another good link: Marisol Saibold, May 2006 English Review, Cartoon Wars.
And, if you're not sensitive enough to Muslim concerns, if you're not tolerant enough and you still come over all "Islamophobie" every now and then, you'd better take South Park's "Muslim sensitivity training".