Friday, April 23, 2010

Muslims Do Not Have the Right to Impose Their Religion on the World by Violence

Let me say right off the bat that I do not watch South Park, nor do I like it.

But I believe in freedom of speech for people with whom I disagree or whose brand of humor I dislike. Juvenile and stupid humor is a minor offense. Muslims trying to impose their religion on the rest of us by violence is a problem of an infinitely higher order of seriousness.

The Vancouver Sun reports:

The latest episode of the satirical cartoon TV show South Park has been censored after a radical U.S. Muslim group threatened the show's creators for their depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

A spokesman for the Comedy Central channel said the network had added a series of audio bleeps to the episode broadcast late Wednesday, which effectively removed all references to Mohammed.

Comedy Central would not confirm that the changes were linked to statements made by the New York-based Revolution Muslim group earlier this week.

The extremist group said South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker risked the same fate as slain Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam in 2004.

Revolution Muslim posted the address of Stone and Parker's Los Angeles production offices, but denied they were encouraging violence.

The creators of South Park have, once again, sparked anger from Muslims after the show once again depicted the Prophet Muhammad. Depictions of the prophet and Allah are forbidden in Islam.

The website, which CNN says spreads radical Muslim propaganda, slammed the show's creators after they depicted the Prophet in a bear costume on South Park's 200th episode.

Read the rest here.

Now, the National Post reports that the Muslim website that has threatened the creators of South Park has been hacked:

A radical Islamic website has warned the creators of South Park they face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear costume on the U.S. cartoon.

Abu Talhah al Amrikee wrote on revolutionmuslim.comthat the decision by Trey Parker and Matt Stone to caricature the Prophet was "stupid." He wrote that they would "probably wind up like Theo van Gogh," the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a documentary on violence against Muslim women.

"It's not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome," wrote Mr. Amrikee. "They're going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It's just the reality."

Over still photographs of Mr. Parker, Mr. Stone, Mr. van Gogh and others, the website ran audio of a sermon by the radical U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.

According to CNN, the sermon, recorded some time ago, talks about assassinating those who have "defamed" the Prophet Muhammad -- citing one religious authority as saying "Harming Allah and his messenger is a reason to encourage Muslims to kill whoever does that."

Here is an interview from CNN in which Anderson Cooper speaks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is living under armed guard after having made a movie criticizing Islam with Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a fanatical Muslim in the Netherlands.

This woman is right. If Muslims want to come and live in the West, they have to accept our way of life including the constitutional right to free speech even when it is offensive. If they can't accept it, then they just will never fit in. If they incite violence against people for exercising their right to free speech, then they must be dealt with by the law. We have one law for everyone in Western countries: that if fundamental to our civilization. No one is allowed to impose their own religion on everyone else by violence.

Appeasement won't work with extremists. It can only lead to the downfall of our culture and the triumph of Islamofascism. Nothing less than our religious and civic freedom is at stake.

The self-censorship and bowing to threats of violence must stop. Ali is right; it will only stop when there are too many targets. Currently, the few who speak out can be isolated and targeted as a way of intimidating the rest. But if everyone speaks up then who their intimidation tactics will fail.

A people which is afraid to die for freedom always loses it.

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