Although the website Muslim Revolution has denied it is inciting violence, Zachary A. Chesser, the young man who penned the warning to the creators of SouthPark on MuslimRevolution is also active on Twitter and is spewing violence there too.
The Los Angeles Times notes that he tweeted “May Allah kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker and burn them in Hell for all eternity.” That statement is certainly a direct threat to the lives of the creators of South Park.
Jon Stewart Speaks Out Against MuslimRevolution
Jon Stewart has been pillorying the website on his show. Good for him. The word needs to get out that there are agitators here in America who are openly supporting Osama bin Laden and talking about jihad. The Los Angeles Times reports that MuslimRevolution posted a poem “asking God to kill all the Jews.” Thus MuslimRevolution has threatened Jon Stewart too.
Why is MuslimRevolution Allowed to Exist?
Why don’t the Feds just shut down this site already? Isn’t the right of freedom of speech lost when you use a website to threaten people? The website MuslimRevolution is a negative force in America. It spreads the message of hate and jihad.
It is also located in New York City. It is certainly not appropriate to have a jihad website in one of the cities that was attacked on 9/11.
The website has supported Osama bin Laden. And now it has threatened the creators of SouthPark by warning them they will end up like Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered in Amsterdam after making the film “Submission” that discussed the mistreatment of women in some Muslim countries.
MuslimRevolution posted a very graphic image of Mr. van Gogh with a knife stuck in his chest. It held a long note that threatened the life of his co-filmmaker on the project. She is still alive.
The creators of South Park made a TV show that allows them to post some political and religious commentary through comics. That is their right. It is common in America for religions to be pilloried. It happens to all religions.
Americans are a strongly opinionated people. Thus there is always a lot of heated commentary on TV shows, in the newspapers, and even in the comic strips. South Park is just a part of our outspoken culture. It isn’t always tasteful; however, it does reflect our world as it is today.
Comedy Central Censors South Park
Comedy Central has now added bleeps to certain portions of the SouthPark 201st episode of the show. The NY Times reports “After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode. It added that the network was not allowing the episode to be streamed on the web site where “South Park” shows generally appear after they are broadcast on Comedy Central.”
It looks like Comedy Central is taking the threats to Trey Parker and Matt Stone very seriously. They are censoring a very popular show and hence seriously annoying the creators. They must be concerned that Comedy Central itself could come under attack from radical jihad groups.
Censorship is Unfortunate
It is unfortunate that Comedy Central is censoring South Park. If artists are not allowed to speak out about issues that interest Americans that changes our society. America is under constant threat from Osama bin Laden. We are a nation that has been attacked in a religious war against us. If South Park wants to comment on how a certain tiny element of Islam hates America, that is their right of free speech.
The Los Angeles Times notes that UCLA law professor, Eugene Volokh, who teaches law students about free speech and religious freedom law, disagrees with Comedy Central’s censoring of South Park. He stated “He sympathizes with the predicament faced by Comedy Central, (but) the network has potentially empowered other extremists by how it has chosen to handle the situation.”
South Park mocks but it does not threaten. That show is within the rights of freedom of speech. However, the website MuslimRevolution threatens and incites violence to Americans. That is never acceptable.