I personally don’t favor lampooning Muhammad. It’s a bad PR move on behalf of Western society, since this is a man so highly revered in Islamic culture that many Muslims actually try to sleep and shit the same way he did. So it’s not wrong and it’s certainly not a crime, but I simply think there are better ways of inviting Muslims to think more critically about their faith. This sort of advice goes both ways, though, for surely if satire is misguided then death threats in response thereto are… well, you know.
Our friends at Revolutionmuslim.com are warning the creators of South Park that they could face some hefty punishment for their crimes. Did I say crimes? Yes, because as the English language continues to evolve words change to take on different meanings. Exciting! Crime in this case means something as harmless as drawing a picture of Muhammad while he wears a bear suit. But this is totally not a threat:
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.
It’s great that they’ve cleared everything up for us. By the way, Theo Van Gogh was another artist who criticized Islam. For the uninformed, he wasn’t sued or fired from his job. He was stabbed, among other things. And these people certainly don’t want that to happen again, right?
Well, they probably do. But I’m still going to give Revolutionmuslim.com the benefit of the doubt as well as some helpful advice: You’re a bunch of raving morons. Nothing could possibly say “we care” less than telling your opponents that they’re probably going to die horrendously, especially if you’re speaking on behalf of a group that’s known to be monitored by the United Sates government for its extremism. Why not call the police instead if you think someone might be in danger?