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Muslim Extremist News: Lebanese TV Psychic Saved, South Park Censored

Looks like the media spotlight and global campaigning by groups like Amnesty International has succeeded in saving Ali Hussain Sibat, the Lebanese TV psychic sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for “witchcraft” after being arrested by the country’s religious police during a pilgrimage. The Associated Press reports that Sibat’s attorney has gotten assurances that the father of five will not be killed, though there’s no word on whether he will remain imprisoned for life instead. Saudi Arabian law considers witchcraft a violation of Islam, which Muslim extremists believe should be punishable by death.


In related news, I haven’t heard of any major Muslim outcry since “South Park” concluded its two-part 200th episode last night, which riffed on the debate over censoring depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (a figure they had depicted, uncensored, in a pre-9/11 episode featuring him as part of a religious superhero organization), even while depicting Jesus watching Internet porn and Buddha snorting cocaine. Perhaps the cartoon hasn’t made it over to Saudi Arabia yet; it should be uploaded to the South Park Studios website in a few weeks. Check out a related Beliefnet column on the Mohammed/Muhammad issue here.


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Super Best Friend

posted April 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

You should’ve mentioned how South Park Studios’ website STILL streams “Super Best Friends” uncensored.

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Trace Eubanks

posted April 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

First of all, the creators of South Park are cowards! Screw those Muslims Bastards and anyone else who can’t laugh at themselves. Although I can’t stand the show, South Park makes fun of all groups and politicians. If these sensitive Muslims can’t find the humor…get out of the US!!

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posted April 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Is Islaam that weak a religion and Mohammed that weak a prophet that a mere mention hurts them? You might want to find someone stronger to follow/believe in….

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posted April 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm

The show has gone down hill for some years, cancel it.

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posted April 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Cancel Southpark? Are you Insane? No, even worse…. are you a Muslim? Cancel yourself!!! (but just don’t cancel anyone else while doing it)

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posted April 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

The fact that nonradical islamic followers do not speak out against the atrocious threats made by these cowards, shows they as much as support them. Wake up America!

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F**k American, British and all Western censorship!

posted April 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Ya know, when I watched this episode, I couldn’t help but think that it was riffing on the unneccesary censorship that’s gotten worse since this whole ‘War on Islam…I mean terror!’ thing began. As said above, there is an episode with the Super Best Friends, that shows Mohammaed, no questions asked!
I think that it’s just one more way for our Western governments to increase fear, hatred and reduce understanding of a religion that we would otherwise not care about… I mean, do you care that some Indians sacrifice chickens, or that in other countries (and Utah)people have more than one wife?
And though people may think it’s stupid, it’s surely no more ‘stupid’ than a story that includes a talking bush, a resurrection, angels that sleep with women to create the demi-gods… or any religion that includes a dogmatic text.
It has about 1.3billion followers, and unless that many people are a hell of alot stupider than you are, chances are, that it’s just another religion… It’s the USEmpire that wants to keep the distrust and hatred in the air of western society… If they didn’t, how could the West grab all of that oil/gas/Holy Land/Israeli growspace???

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Phuck Censorship

posted April 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

South Park is the only outlet for freedom of speech today. Once it becomes censored, we’ve lost everything the founders of our country fought for.

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posted April 23, 2010 at 2:34 am

Ya know, it’s a violation of christian beliefs to create an image of God for the sake of it being a visual representation, to some people. More specifically “2. Thou shalt not worship any graven image.” So if you think about one way… if you worship God and you create an image that depicts God and you worship with this image in your head then you’re breaking the second commandment. But, you don’t hear Christians throwing a fit about the Sistine Chapel or any other painting depicting God. Besides, we have a thing here in America called freedom of speech, it was established by people who felt that all people should be free from religious persecution.

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Tom Degan

posted April 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

Should South Park be censored? Absolutely not. I am reminded of Lenny Bruce, a man who paid a heavy price for freedom of speech a generation ago. Lenny had a point of view that had redeeming social value. We’re a lesser country because he is no longer with us.
Having said that, I should also note that the writers of that show should have known that they were opening up a rat’s nest by producing this particular program. Have they ever heard the name “Salmon Rushdie”? It’s been over a quarter of a century since he published the “Satanic Verses” and he’s been in hiding ever since.
Like the Christian extremist in this country, their counterparts in the Muslim world are nuts – possibly nuttier (if that’s even possible).
What the hell is the matter with them? Have they really gained anything? By doing what they’ve done, they have gotten their show in the news; ratings will no doubt soar – but has any monumental point been made? By doing what they have done, they have put themselves and everyone who works at Comedy Central in potential danger. Was it really worth it?
Tom Degan

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