Here’s a twist to the South Park story. As revealed in the 201st episode, it wasn’t Muhammad in the bear costume, it was Santa Claus. I was curious if that would alter the position of the radical website that issues threats. But a good fundamentalist will never let facts and logic come in his way :

“Our position remains that it is likely the creators of South Park will indeed end up like Theo Van Gogh. This is a reality,” read the statement, referring to the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by an Islamic extremist in 2004 after making a film on Islam and violence against women.

Abdullah Muhammad claimed to WND his site was not issuing threats against the “South Park” creators, but was pointing out the Islamic punishment for mocking Mohammad is death.

“As for the Islamic ruling on the situation, then this is clear,” read statement from Abdullah Muhammad’s site today. “There is no difference of opinion from those with any degree of a reputation that the punishment is death. Ibn Taymiyyah a great scholar of Islam says, ‘Whoever curses the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – a Muslim or a non-Muslim – then he must be killed…’ and this is the opinion of the general body of Islamic scholars.”

Read the entire piece. Scary stuff. Clearly the writers of Revolution Muslim know their legal stuff well. There isn’t any direct incitement to murder or violence — just whatever is within the boundaries of free speech laws in the U.S. I hope they see the irony in their name.

Another strange thing about the 201st episode was the excessive bleeping of words and dialogues. All utterances of Muhammed were bleeped out, besides many other words and lines including a couple of 10-15 second bleeps. The creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone posted this at their website :

In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn’t some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle’s customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn’t mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We’ll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we’ll see what happens to it.

If the episode ever appears online, you can watch it here.