April 20th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Radical Islamic Website Warns 'South Park' Creators

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A radical Muslim website is taking on the TV cartoon "South Park", after an episode that aired last week depicted the Prophet Mohammed dressed in a bear suit.

Those who run Revolutionmuslim.com, based in New York, issued a warning on the website on Sunday to the “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. "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," the posting said.

Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker, was stabbed to death on a street in Amsterdam by a Muslim extremist in 2004. He became the target of radical Muslims after releasing a short documentary depicting the oppression of Muslim women in Europe. Revolutionmuslim.com included a graphic photo of van Gogh at the time of his death in the posting.

Over the photo of van Gogh, Parker, Stone and others you hear the audio of a sermon by the radical U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who is thought to be hiding in Yemen. The sermon, recorded some time ago, talks about assassinating those who have "defamed" the Prophet Mohammed.

Tonight on the program, Anderson will talk with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was working with van Gogh on the controversial movie that led to his assassination six year ago. Hear what she has to say about this latest controversy.

Also tonight, the son of actor Michael Douglas faces five years in prison for dealing methamphetamine and cocaine.

Cameron Douglas, 31, pleaded guilty to the charges in January. Before being sentencing today in a New York courtroom, his father and his stepmother Catherine Zeta-Jones wrote personal pleas to the judge asking for leniency and revealing the private pain of a famous family. We’ll have those details.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

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  1. Harb

    I applaud Anderson Cooper, Maureen Miller and the others who brought this situation to the public's attention. When the Danish cartoons caused a dust up in europe and the middle east our (USA) news outlets both print and broadcast didn't show them. They were cowed by the reaction. Hardly an example to the world of a free press. This is the first instance I have seen when our press treated Islam with no more or less deference than any other religion or ideology. The other media outlets should be following CNNs lead by showing the images from South Park and the cartoons. I have the bias that if freedom is not exercised, it is lost.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:58 am |
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