Times Square bomb: a 'South Park' link?
One possibility New York police are investigating is whether there is any link between the SUV bomb left at New York's Times Square this weekend and recent threats made against the creators of the Comedy Central show "South Park," according to news reports.
News outlets such as the New York Daily News and the Telegraph were reporting Sunday that authorities have not linked the car bomb and the controversial animated show, but that they are "aggressively looking for connections" between the two.
The SUV bomb reportedly was parked near the Manhattan headquarters of Viacom, which is the parent company of Comedy Central.
Rep. Peter King of Long Island fanned the flames of "South Park" speculation. He cited the recent "South Park" controversy as ONE possible motive. "You have the whole issue with 'South Park,' which Islamic terrorists were threatening to have retribution for," King reportedly told CNN, though he stressed that the theory was "one possibility out of a hundred."
In recent weeks, "South Park" has newly lampooned censorship, particularly in regards to Muhammad. The creators of the show, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, have said Comedy Central edited a recent episode, notably a 35-second speech about fear and intimidation. Episodes Nos. 200 and 201 toyed with depicting Muhammad. Some Muslims consider any depiction of Muhammad blasphemous.
A group that calls itself Revolution Muslim recently published blogposts critical of "South Park's" satire. Recently, the group posted on its site RevolutionMuslim an image and video of the fatally stabbed filmmaker Theo Van Gogh (a noted critic of Islam) and asked provocatively whether Parker and Stone -- in depicting Muhammad -- remembered what had happened to another artist who criticized Islam. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" commented on the censorship.
News reports said the Revolution Muslim posts were by Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee -- a.k.a. Zachary Adam Chesser of Virginia. The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism said Chesser, a recent George Mason University student, wanted to start a Revolution Muslim chapter in Washington, D.C., according to a FoxNews.com report.
Meanwhile, Younus Abdullah Muhammad -- a member of Revolution Muslim who had criticized "South Park" and had said the show's creators should be "afraid for their lives" -- told New York's WABC-AM Radio that the United States should "absolutely" anticipate more jihadi violence in New York, according to WorldNetDaily.com.
| May 2, 2010; 6:09 PM ET
Categories: General, The Animation | Tags: Comedy Central, George Mason University, Matt Stone, New York City, Theo Van Gogh, Times Square, Trey Parker
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