“Revolution Muslim”: Threatening Our Way of Life

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A New York-based group, named “Revolution Muslim”, just threatened the creators of South Park for “insulting” the prophet Muhammad.

I’ve seen South Park before; I do not like it. I think their political points are crudely made and are often inaccurate, which can be exacerbated especially given much of its audience is not politically minded. However, that is solely my personal opinion; they have the right to portray politics in whichever way they please as long as it is within the boundaries of regulations formulated by the FCC, as well as our Constitution.

Here is what they did: put Muhammad in a bear costume. Now, I can understand that Muslims may be offended; they have every right to be. But they do not have the right to threaten violence because of being offended. That is unacceptable in this society, or anywhere else for that matter. The consequences of the knee-jerk willingness to silence offensive political speech is catastrophic. In Iran or in Pakistan, for example, an individual can be put into jail for merely insulting the “prophet”. People have been killed because of simply voicing critical words on Islam.

In 2004, a Dutch filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh, was murdered because of a 10 minute video he made which was critical of certain aspects of Islam.

Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, a member of “Revolution Muslim”, wrote a blog entry(it’s cached), with the purported motive of solely “warning” Trey Parker and Matthew Stone.

Mr. Al-Amrikee wrote:

We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them…

Mr. Al-Amrikee is dishonest here; he did threaten Matt and Trey, as well as Comedy Central. Look at these thinly veiled suggestions to go pay Matt, Trey, and Comedy Central a visit.

Where do they live?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/09/trey-parker-and-matt-ston_n_351067.html

And:

You can contact them, or pay Comedy Central or their own company a visit at these addresses:(addresses erased on cached page)

Granted, the information disclosed by Mr. Al-Amrikee is publicly available. Nonetheless, by posting the information in the context of “this could happen to you”, Al-Amrikee concretely contributes to increasing whatever danger the South Park creators are in because of their Muhammad depiction.

It is permissible for Al-Amrikee to warn Matt and Trey about the potential consequences of their actions but it crosses the line to suggest paying them a “visit”.

The Muslim Community in the U.S. and abroad should sharply condemn the article written by Al-Amrikee and “Revolution Muslim”. Al-Amrikee not only put the lives of Matt and Trey at risk, it added fuel to an already well-established conflagration: the demonization of Islam and Muslims by the Western world.

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16 Responses to ““Revolution Muslim”: Threatening Our Way of Life”

  1. Larry Wilson Says:

    After reading all this about Al-Amrikee and “Revolution Muslim” I think that the great Mayor of New York should tell Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee about the laws here. IF HE WILL, which I doubt very much. The laws say that if he sends someone to harm or kill anyone he too is guilty of that crime. He too can be put in jail for many many years or get a shot in the arm. This is America not, some muslim state in the mideast.

    • bjohns15 Says:

      Larry,

      I’m not sure if Al-Amrikee committed a crime, but even if he had not, the his suggestion to pay Matt, Trey, and Comedy Central a “visit”, in the context of the warning, should be prohibited by law. It seems to me, given that people have been killed in similar situations, that Amrikee created a real threat to individuals’ lives.

  2. blah Says:

    They had shown muhammad before in season 5. Then all the muhammad caricatures happened and were forced by comedy central to censor it. And that continues to this past episode.

  3. blah Says:

    o absolutely. Matt and Trey wanted to, at least the first time this was an issue, but comedy central wouldnt let them.

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  5. Dan Coleman Says:

    Abu Talhah Al-Amerikee is seeking to build a name for himself, obviously, by attracting attention his way. He does it with vulgar, offensive means because he hasn’t the ability to climb out of his stone-age, cretin hole in the ground and say or do something positive. His threats are cowardly, ascribed to others. Those who scream from the crowd and attribute, or otherwise transfer, their actions and wishes for violence to others are always cowards, unmanly, like little girls. And this from a man who worships a culture that treats its women like dogs and its dogs like women. So many of those Middle Eastern freaks hunger so much for manhood in a world of superior accomplishment. Ever see how they behave when abroad? Depraved is a kind term. This “man,”– and I use the term with license here–gives peaceful, positive, productive Muslims a bad name, Muslims who’ve crawled out of, or never lived in, that stinky hole.

    Abu Talhah Al-Amerikee has every right to speak his mind, within the law, but communicating a threat, or inciting violence, is a felony, and he should be arrested. Until then, he can kiss my American ass, along with his prophet, and take his road show somewhere else. His prophet doesn’t mean a damn thing to me, and he needs to understand and accept that.

  6. guy Says:

    you say that Al-Amrikee contributed to the demonization of Islam and Muslims by the western world but the word demonization seems to suggest that what he said was unrealistic. I think it is perfectly clear that Matt and Trey have put their lives at risk, not because of their offensive depictions of Buddha, Jesus, Confucious, Moses etc. but because of their (completely ambiguous) depiction of Muhammad. Any reasonable person could have predicted that before Al-Amrikee had pointed it out because although only a minority of the followers of Islam are violent, intolerant, and hateful, they do not number in the few. It is a shame that other Muslims might get a bad name because this minority gets so much more coverage but on the other hand they are a part of Islam and they always have been so other can’t simply conceptually separate this minority group as some sect or temporary movement. It seems obvious that the teachings of Islam can easily be interpreted by a follower as encouraging violence. So caution towards Islam and its followers should not itself be demonized when it might very well serve as a mechanism for self preservation.

    • bjohns15 Says:

      So you admit that Al-Amrikee added to the demonization of Islam and Muslims?

      • guy Says:

        I admit that he added to the fear of/aversiveness to Islam and Muslims. If that fear were completely unfounded I would agree that he added to the demonization. If his remarks were just anti Islamic propaganda or outlined an oversimplified caricature of Muslims as evil and dangerous as has been done to them in the past, then I would consider it demonization. Instead he made very real ominous remarks and suggestions, attempting to provoke other fanatics into action. At the very least he was trying to instill fear in the South Park creators and others who would follow a similar path. And this is a man who is a follower of Islam and clearly must know who he represents. The fact is that there are many Al-Amrikees out there and that is the only reason why his comment was so ominous. Because we have heard it all before and we have seen results more times than we can count. His comments were not simply empty defacements.

      • bjohns15 Says:

        Indeed. He’s a punk.

  7. Cockroach People Says:

    For once, I have to disagree with you Bryan. South Park is bloody brilliant. I TIVO the show; so I was able to see the episode in question. It was not a gratuitous depiction of the prophet. The whole point was to pick fun at the idea of any depiction of anyone famous being offensive or off limits. They were making fun of celebrities such as Tom Cruise who wine about the media saying stuff about them (e.g. that Cruise is gay or in South Park Speak, a “fudge-packer”). So the idea was for such celebrities to acquire the power of someone who is off-limits in terms of defamation or unflattering depictions–the logical choice was the Prophet. The Bear costume was not a depiction of him–it was a costume to hide what the Prophet actually might look like. So there was sort of a paradox in that they were depicting a costume designed to hide any actual depiction so as not to offend the censors or the crazies. a bit ironic that the threats followed, but I am quite sure they were expected.

    As to the other point about violence or threats, I agree that that such reactions are unacceptable–that is a point that I believe the South Park episode nailed quite well.

  8. bjohns15 Says:

    Did I offend you by questioning the brilliance of South Park? haha.

    I did not watch the episode. Regardless of how offensive it was, violence or the threat of it is not acceptable.

    I also do not watch much T.V. in general, unless I am a captured audience at, say, my girlfriend’s place. Housewives on bravo are good fodder for unending criticism.

    I read an article that Comedy Central censored the episode? Is that true?

    P.S., good to see you back in the blog world. Maybe you can keep up the slack for when I go offline for studying for the bar.

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