April 23rd, 2010
09:45 PM ET

'South Park' Security Threat: Join the Live Chat

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/liveblogfinal.copy.jpg]

Tonight on 360°, reports that security is beefed up outside the offices of Comedy Central after a radical Muslim web site takes on the creators of  'South Park' for depicting the Prophet Mohammed in a bear-suit.  Plus, an up close look at an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine for "faith healing." Authorities say it's led to preventable deaths.  We'll also take you to Connecticut where two doctors are suing so they can help patients die with dignity.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog • T1
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. vig

    Aren't Americans sick and tired of these Muslim groups and their threats? I hope we see more mockery, not less.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Vincent Flores

    If we turn a blind eye to low brow comedy about current events then let's turn up are nose, tune out and drop out the same way we do with this blog, this show, with a beer and bread in our hands. Let's forget that these things are happening around us and all we do is talk, debate, complain, blog or worse do nothing at all.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Nicole The Netherlands

    I really do hope that that there will come some kind of legislation for euthanasia in the U.S. . It is really better that way!!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Melody

    Everyone has the bottom line in their lives of what can be played with and what shouldn't. We feel OK with what those guys are saying in South Park, but not everyone do. I think it's not just about free speech and extremism, but whether we have been ignoring those people's feeling. I don't believe all the Christians are happy with the playing of Jesus. They are merely not so extreme to threaten people, but doesn't mean they are fine with it. We need free speech as well as respect and compassion.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Nancy in Oregon

    A lot of people don't, Nicole, not just Muslim groups. More people of groups that mis-speak and misrepresent them should speak up when fringe members take over.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  6. nick

    Censoring South Park could set a dangerous precedent, free speech is one of America's greatest freedoms, and backing down to threats could lead to more and more censorship.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Helen

    Moderate muslims are too tolerant of the radical ones. It is like the no snitch phenomenon about urban crime. No one wants to be a snitch or a traitor to their group. It is very misguided.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Dulcie, It's actually very easy to tell the difference between illegal and legal immigrants. Ask for ID.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  9. charlie

    When I lived in the US for several years as a legal immigrant I always carried a photocopy of my passport and the visa. That was not a law it just seemed like common sense since I had a fairly distinct accent. When I have lived in other countries, not my home I do the same thing. As a guest in a country I feel it is only polite to facilitate the work of the police.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Emily

    "Assisted Suicide" & "Dying w/Dignity" ...that seems like fallacy.
    There doesn't seem like there is anything dignified with that.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Musa

    I do not agree with the threats posed against the creators of South Park, but it is sad to see what humor has sunk to in this country. People need to learn how to use their time wisely.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Nancy, that's just the problem, they never do that

    April 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Vincent Flores

    South Park shouldn't lose anyone as a supporter for telling it like it is. The happenstance that their latest episode doesn't chip away at the noble attempt to speak the truth. I thought that was part of freedom of speech but I'm just an American with an internet connection.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Nancy in Oregon

    Oh boy, andy, that's sad and scary.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Debby -MI

    It frightens me to know that parents would sacrifice the life of their child by not utilizing health care. God would not have given us the knowledge, technology and resources to help people if he did not want us to use them!!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Helen

    I hope the new sales number is not inflated by subprime mortgage. It has not stop. It is still going on.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Patricia

    Anderson – how important is religion to this society?

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  18. wes

    S5E4 Shows Muhammad. He has an orange sash and shoots fire. They took it off of southparkstudios but you can still buy the DVD and see it. They've shown the episode on comedy central uncensored multiple times already. It's original air date was also July 4, 2001 and no one complained at all about it then.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree Sharon....Other Muslim groups should vocally and visibly denounce such behaviors.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Nicole The Netherlands

    Ayaan and Theo made a short film about the postition of women in the Islam. Theo is now dead, murdered, a small group of mostly native radical muslim can do that..
    So sad this situation, again

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. David, Indiana

    Of course one question is don't people have computers at home.

    Jeffery Toobin's analysis is very helpful. I wonder if extending immigration enforcement to local authorities does fit into the Terry stop rubric.

    I could see that if local authorities were to see someone running across the border, that would be a reasonable suspicion, but I do feel that in the overall context, the law, by taking on federal prerogatives, could lead to stop and questioning of people on an arbitrary basis by local or state police.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Elliott

    Boycott Arizona, all of its commerce, tourism, professional sports, products. I certainly don't plan to visit the state anytime soon.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Sophia Garcia

    Radical Muslims will act on their threats. Americans need to read the Koran and wake up and smell the coffee because radical Muslims are bent on taking over America ~ They believe that once a mosque has been built in any country, that country instantly becomes a Muslim nation and everyone else (infidels) is second-class and subject to death.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Helen

    @Mike: Thank you for this information about the supreme court.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Brandon

    Great job Comedy Central, you just supported terrorism by showing terrorists that even our media will bow to them out of fear, you and your sponsors lost me as a supporter.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Karoline, Los Angeles

    South Park is usually always offensive in some way. But I don't expect radicals to understand that.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  27. Tim Texas


    Good job, Anderson. Enjoy your show.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "The police can stop anyone who looks suspicious and ask them for ID."

    This is true!
    I wonder why they have attempted to create this new law? Are they trying to "distract" people from something else?

    April 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  29. andy

    yesterday, the police handcuffed a Mexican truck driver at a scale in Arizona after he showed his id and social security card to prove he was legally in the country. they detained him for several hours until his wife showed up with more documentation...and this law hadn't even passed yet

    April 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Every network should air depictions of mohammed in protest. What happened to the First Amendment? We have surrendered it to terrorists."

    Boy do I agree with that. Comedy Central wouldn't even blink if any other religion was upset over their comedy skits. They would just laugh it off. So now they look like cowards.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Freedom Of Speech, we all need it!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Michele

    It is a crime to be in this country illegally. All that Arizona is doing is enforcing the law.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Nancy in Oregon

    Dare I say, Linda, one group is more enlightened than the other? The threat-makers sound so immature to me, so undeveloped, so childish.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Vincent Flores

    otherwise this blog wouldn't exist.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Monica M. Williams

    South Park has taken pushing the envelope to the extreme of mailing the package. What does that mean? I have no clue as they show’s writers lost me years ago.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Valerie NYC

    Bravo, Anderson. Give the South Park boys a voice.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Scott Cooper

    Is it possible that South Park/Comedy Central didn't censor everything Muslim from the show because of fear or anything of that nature, but to make fun of the taboo that exists against poking fun at Islam?

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  38. David Garcia (San Diego CA)

    I'm happy AC360 is engaging in this conversation. The two sides can learn to exchange ideas freely. They're not smearing Islam, they are instead, highlighting the fact that Americans can examine ideas in comedic context and comedy provides a medium to communicate when people don't understand eachother. We deal with racism this way in stand-up.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  39. Emily

    I wonder if that is true...that the people that issued the threats were not really Muslims, but people trying to make Muslims look bad?!

    There are extremes in every group & it only takes one....

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Sharon Hastings

    All things considered, let's be rational. This is a cartoon. Consider for a moment the kind of people who would make death threats about something they don't like in a cartoon. I hope more Muslims will speak up against this ridiculous faction which makes a mockery of their faith.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Bry

    South Park has the right to mock anyone/anything they want just like the radical Muslims in the U.S. have the right to screram their hate on the streets!

    The laws that allow those Muslims to speak freely also apply to South Park. If the Muslims don't like it they can go live elsewhere.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am deeply disappointed in Comedy Central's bleeps.

    As several bloggers and panel members have said, South Park should be the example of free speech.

    Stand up Comedy Central/South Park!!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  43. teresa, oh

    am i the only one that hates South Park?

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Nancy in Oregon

    Another case of bullies, really...threatening to hurt others who 'displease' them.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  45. charlie

    One of christianity's commandments forbids taking the name of God in vain (limits freedom of speech and would forbid OMG. The issue is religion trying to impose it's values on society. Catholicism, the religious right and Islam all try to do that.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Nicole The Netherlands

    I am scared for Ayaan, cause she is speaking out again. Maybe she will not be safe again..

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Vincent Flores

    We may be too far in the now, but from the beginning of time our first personal or inalienable right was the freedom or right to speech that right makes us human. As American's there is no right more sacred because all the others follow and just so happen to stem from the First.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Kenya

    That South Park episode was just hilarious. Why are these extremists so sensitive..should Muslims be the only group immune to ridicule..? I don't think so. Everyone has been a victim on that show. I wish they'd just get over it and lighten up already.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Linda in Arizona

    Wow, Comedy Central censored it? That is really pathetic. Bowing to the worst in a religion, and only one religion at that, is appalling. Look, some of us are very offended about the depiction of the Buddha snorting coke. Who cares about us? The difference? Buddhists don't threaten people who offend them.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Emily

    this is awful that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is in having to be like this... an undisclosed locate because of threats in a cartoon!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
1 2 3 4 5