October 25, 2014

‘South Park’ and the Informal Fatwa

Wall Street Journal by: Ayann Hirsi Ali

The veiled threats against the Comedy Central show’s creators should be taken very seriously.

‘South Park” is hilarious, right? Not any more.

Last week, Zachary Adam Chesser—a 20-year-old Muslim convert who now goes by the name Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee—posted a warning on the Web site RevolutionMuslim.com following the 200th episode of the show on Comedy Central. The episode, which trotted out many celebrities the show has previously satirized, also “featured” the Prophet Muhammad: He was heard once from within a U-Haul truck and a second time from inside a bear costume.

For this apparent blasphemy, Mr. Amrikee warned that co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone “will probably end up” like Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh, readers will remember, was the Dutch filmmaker who was brutally murdered in 2004 on the streets of Amsterdam. He was killed for producing “Submission,” a film that criticized the subordinate role of women in Islam, with me.

There has been some debate about whether Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker should view the Web posting as a direct threat. Here’s Mr. Amrikee’s perspective: “It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” he told Foxnews.com. “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.” He’s also published the home and office addresses of Messrs. Stone and Parker, as well as images of Van Gogh’s body.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website.

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    George Michalopulos says:

    This is one of the reasons I’ve acquired such a snarling contempt for the Left lo these many years. They act “courageous” when they “cutting edge” things like “Bushitler,” or call Christians “Nazis” but when it comes to taking their cutting edge humor to criticize Islamofascism, then it’s all “never mind.”

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    Harry Coin says:

    I think people looking forward to public employee pension benefits well in excess of what the politicians who enacted them set aside money for should decide whether now really is the time they want to scale back on the number of active duty policemen.

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    Fr. Peter says:

    This program takes whacks at Christians and Jews as well, when are we going to rise up and say enough is enough?

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      George Michalopulos says:

      Fr Peter, that’s the point. Jews, Buddhists, but most especially Christians are still the likeliest target for bigotry. Southpark per se doesn’t bother me (well, a little) as it’s a satire and it gleefully skewers the pieties of the Left with abandon. In fact, that’s probably a reason that so many on the Left are laying low: not only are they cowards, but they’ve been the target of Southpark’s withering mockery in the past.

      It’s the more serious liberal commentators who are ever-ready to stab Christians in the back on some important issue that worry me far more than a silly, poorly-drawn cartoon. Think Barry Lynn, Al Sharpton, and our own Frank Schaeffer. They and their ilk have done incalculable damage to the traditionalist point of view, effectively silencing counterveiling forces on the Right. Let’s be honest, up until fairly recently, they’ve had a hammerlock on the media.

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    Fr. John says:

    “It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” [...] “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.”

    The truth of things, according to Islam’s ‘posse of believers’ serves as another example of what it means to be a sincere believer in that book. The Christ we find in our Book requires much of us; the voice ‘incarnated’ in theirs requires much of the rest of us, insisting that we be cowed.
    I wonder what the limit of our tolerance for their intolerance is, and what will our intolerance look like when it manifests? The court case in France regarding the veiled woman driver and her polygamous husband right now may be the tipping point.

    South Park has already been the subject of an entire politically-oriented book, S.P. Conservatives. To go off about Frank Schaeffer at this point is silly – this is about the genetic trait native to Islam to resort to terrorism. We ought to question our complacency in the face of this overt threat, certainly. The genesis of secular Western islamophilia is in anti-catholic Reform polemic, not in any political stance currently on the scene. If you read Naipaul and especially Ibn Warraq, you get a better picture of the secularist west’s use of the image of Islam as a foil against Church. I don’ think Zwingli or Calvin really qualify as “leftist” – though they were the Progressives of their day.

    Essentialist arguments conflating tolerance for Islamism and any political slant are baseless and easily refuted. Generally, people use whatever rhetorical tools at hand to best their opponents. It distresses me once again to read comments of such divisive nature on this blog. I don’t read AOIUSA to confirm my mistrust of ‘those other people I disagree with on policy’ but to get the zeitgeist of the Orthodox scene and its intersection with popular culture. Please be reasonable. I can search out the crankiness of an Anne Coulter readily enough elsewhere.

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    Fr. Johannes Jacobse says:

    If you read Naipaul and especially Ibn Warraq, you get a better picture of the secularist west’s use of the image of Islam as a foil against Church.

    Fr. John, can you expand on this?

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