A Double Standard?
Comedy Central Backs Down
(CFI News) UPDATED ON Friday, April 23, 2010 — Comedy Central bleeped out every instance of the words “Prophet Muhammad,” making a recent “South Park” episode practically incomprehensible as it aired. The character of Muhammad was once again also hidden from view, covered by a large block labeled “censored.”
The Muhammad content is also not available on the South Park Studios website.
A militant Muslim group warned the creators of “South Park” that they could face violent retribution for depicting the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
The website RevolutionMuslim.com has since been taken down, but a cached version shows the message to “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The article’s author, Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, said the men “outright insulted’ the religious leader.
The posting showed a gruesome picture of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was shot and stabbed to death in an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a fanatic angered by his film about Muslim women. The film was written by a Muslim woman who rejected the Prophet Muhammad as a guide for today’s morality.
“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,” Al-Amrikee wrote. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
Blasphemy Against Jesus Aired
In 2006, Comedy Central banned the men from showing an image of Muhammad on their show. They had intended to comment on the controversy created by a Danish newspaper’s publishing of caricatures of the Islamic leader. Muslims consider any physical representation of their prophet to be blasphemous.
Instead, “South Park” showed an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag.
Franklin Graham Disinvited to Pray at Pentagon
The U.S. Army rescinded its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham for the upcoming National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon over remarks he made about Islam.
“True Islam cannot be practiced in this country,” he told CNN’s Campbell Brown last December. “You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries.”
Graham, who said a prayer at the inauguration of President George W. Bush, said he regretted the Army’s decision but stood by his comments.
“I don’t like the way they treat women, the way they treat minorities. I just find it horrific. But I love the people of Islam,” he said, adding some of his work has been in Muslim nations. For instance, Samaritan’s Purse, the international charity that he heads, works with Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Mr. Graham, the son of Billy Graham, was to appear on May 6 for the National Day of Prayer. Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which raised the objection, said the invitation offended Muslim employees at the Pentagon.