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South Park Muhammad joke won't air in Sweden

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 29 Apr 2010, 16:57

Published: 29 Apr 2010 12:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Apr 2010 16:57 GMT+02:00

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"Comedy Central has decided not to air these two episodes of South Park. It is a decision we've made with great reluctance. Comedy Central believes strongly in creative freedom of expression; when unique and deeply insightful creative talents like those behind South Park are able to express themselves freely, we all benefit.

"However, the safety of our employees is our unquestioned number one priority, and therefore we have decided to take these precautionary measures," the broadcaster explained in a statement released to Aftonbladet.

Spokesman Peter von Satzgerl told the Svenska Dagbladet daily that the decision came as a result of "international directives" from the channel's parent network in the United States.

The Muhammad joke formed part of a 200th anniversary episode screened in the US on April 14th, prompting threats of retribution from an Islamist group directed towards the notoriously irreverent show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

The warning, posted on the website revolutionmuslim.com and interpreted as a direct threat in much of the US media, cautioned Stone and Parker that they "will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh", a Dutch filmmaker murdered in 2004 after making a film critical of Islamic society.

The pair appeared to heed the warning last week when the second part of the centenary show was aired, with the word Censored appearing after the Muslim prophet's name was mentioned, and with the bear-suited Muhammad replaced by Santa Claus.

The first episode contained typically mocking depictions of several religious figures and assorted celebrities, with Buddha at one point being chastised by Jesus for snorting cocaine. It is not the first time that Muhammad and other religious figures have featured on the show, having previously put in an appearance in the fifth season episode Super Best Friends.

The 200th episode tells the story of a class action suit filed by all the celebrities who have been mocked on the show. Tom Cruise promises to end the law suit if the town can produce the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

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The South Park townsfolk in the end decide to hand Muhammad over to a group calling itself the Ginger Separatist Movement, to avert a threatened bombing of the town.

The original broadcast of the show was watched by 3.33 million US viewers but, following the Comedy Central decision, Swedish viewers will now have to find other ways to access the controversial episode of the smash hit show.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:04 April 29, 2010 by babychuma
Jeez find someone to surrender to already, South Park rips everyone, it's satire grow up.
15:10 April 29, 2010 by travels

Of course South Park can make fun of absolutely everything else but not of your favorite people in whole world who threaten you with death if ther overly excited sensibilities get a little hurt.

Maybe one day Sweden will wake up, by then it'll probably be too late.
15:21 April 29, 2010 by Uncle
Yep - these people who hang, burn and explode infidels in tens of thousands are all of a sudden so sensitive to the quality of jokes in cartoons and think that it is not fair to hurt their feelings like this.

Really, why would Sweden not care when South Park makes fun of Jesus, Holocaust, blacks, rape and incest, when all of a sudden it is so attentive to the feelings of little poor muslims, if not the fear of terror and riots?

Congrats - Barbarians wín again!

Let's go back and blame the Jews in all problems again.

At least it is safe!
15:23 April 29, 2010 by soultraveler3
So much for freedom of speech. :/

It's interesting that's it okay to have contraversal jokes about jews, christians, atheists, gays, fat people, canadians etc. but not about muslims.

Why is it okay for some extremists to yell things like death to sweden, death to jews and death to america but when somebody wants to make or even show a joke about Muhammad or islam Sweden backs down and doesn't allow it.
15:25 April 29, 2010 by Greg in Canada
What a cop out. Are the Muslims dictating Swedish policies now?
15:29 April 29, 2010 by Callidus
Congratulations Sweden!!

You are now a muslim country.

Well done socialists!!
15:32 April 29, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
Maybe this broadcasting company is secretly promoting illegal downloads...
15:36 April 29, 2010 by suminh100
I wonder who had the final say in this... he/she must be a stupid coward!

For goodness sake, it's only a cartoon..... at least it's not going out and physically killing people with suicide bombers! Sweden is not a muslim country, so why should it care if a CARTOON depicts something in jest?

And if you don't like the show, well there are other channels you know, no one is forcing you to watch it....
15:43 April 29, 2010 by linuxcity
Someone has to break this... why exception for Muslims?
15:49 April 29, 2010 by Lautreamont
Sweden is an Islamic paradise. To get a Swedish passport you just have to say "Allah Akbar". Easy.
15:55 April 29, 2010 by Rick Methven
I'm not a fan of South Park BUT why on earth should Sweden do this. Publish and be damnded I say. PC gone mad
15:57 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
Sweden has much respect to religious people! Great Decision!

100 people died over the dk cartoonist's cartoons, so do not create more problems! make fun of something which can makes us laugh not to create problems for countries.
15:57 April 29, 2010 by sissygirl
They make fun of everything and everybody, so Muslims shouldn't feel pointed out. I must have a different sense of humour than most people because I really don't like the show. I expect south Park to make fun of Sweden next, but that won't be censored or banned.
16:12 April 29, 2010 by dobermann
Sweden has much respect to religious people! Great Decision!

100 people died over the dk cartoonist's cartoons, so do not create more problems! make fun of something which can makes us laugh not to create problems for countries.

We don't live in a middle ages with witch burning and other stuff. Religion is not mandatory if you want to live, so if someone beleaves in tales it's ok for me, but when someone starts to get angry because people making funny cartoons about those tales, then I think that we are back in to the middle ages
16:16 April 29, 2010 by calebian22
"100 people died over the DK cartoonist's cartoons"

Cartoons don't kill people. 8th century ignorance kills people.
16:24 April 29, 2010 by MIK in Sweden
Its Really a good decision
16:24 April 29, 2010 by SarahRF
Sweden does not have respect for religious people, and I'm speaking from personal experience here.

Sweden tries to be the epitome of diplomacy in the world. I can understand why they'd refuse to air these episodes. Political relations are already tense in general in the Middle East, you don't want to make things worse unnecessarily by making the wrong kind of joke.

BUT at the same time, we do give Islam and terrorists and Muhammed more power by being afraid of them. Kind of like Harry Potter, the wizarding world and the name "Voldemort".
16:56 April 29, 2010 by Kaethar
@Newyork-Växjö: Did you even read the article, troll? They wanted to air the episodes but were afraid for the safety of their employees. Aka, they know muslims will try to kill them after this is aired, as has happened already with the artists of the Mohammed cartoons.

Islam is the religion most opposed to peace, no doubt.
16:57 April 29, 2010 by sleepinacoffin
sweden, the best islamic country in the world...
16:58 April 29, 2010 by ssimsek53
I am very proud of Sweden even tough I was not born Swedish.

17:11 April 29, 2010 by uunbeliever
Way to give in to terrorism. Now we know that if we want something in Sweden all we have to do is make death threats.


I have had enough of these extreme terrorists who tout their religion as peaceful. What a crock of s#%t.

I was not born here but am starting to think sverigedemokraterna have a point.
17:13 April 29, 2010 by DeadPrez
I hope the decision was not taken out of fear but out of respect.

It will be a good start for sweden to respect and understand Islamic culture if it is going to send armed soldiers to Afghanistan to "impose democracy" or fight for women rights, human rights and encourage dissidents in monarchical KSA, Oman, Jordan or dictatorial Egypt. Its ironic to fight and lose swedish lives for the liberation of a people whose very essence(religion and culture) you hold in contempt.

or you could trade all that for a 30 min "funny cartoon"
17:17 April 29, 2010 by MD1
I am not a fan of the show, but I must say that in any country in support of freedom of speech must recognize this as weakness on the part of Sweden. Everything I hold sacred has been satirized and slammed. It seems very awkward to put a stop to this especially considering the messed up content on the show that Swdeden WILL air.
17:22 April 29, 2010 by Marko2010S
This time I'll use a new approach to teach the ignorants. So, let's use jokes and laughters to educate some of you!

Go to: watch?v=F3m4klbEBI4 (Youtube).
17:25 April 29, 2010 by Nemesis
This is a disgrace.

This is a direct attack on my rights as a European to freedom of Speecha dn freedom of Expression.

The government should step in and show it every day until people are sick of it.

We live in Europe, not the middle east.

If people are going to live in Europe they have to live by European rules.

If they refuse to live by European rules, they should leave Europe and go to a land which suits them. The Southpark program should be shown day and night for the next month.

I have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I have the right to insult and to be insulted.

Southpark should be shown now on all channels, so as to reclaim the right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression.
17:26 April 29, 2010 by mjennin2
South Park is not about respect. South Park is about the medicine of laughter, and brings OBVIOUS comic relief to a world plauged with nonsense, fear, and over-sensitivity.

Funny how it's always the muslim fundamentalists who want to kill people. Have Christian/Jewish/Hindi/Buddhist fundamentalists ever tendered (truly believeable) death threats because of South Park content? Nope. Islamic radicals are just digging themselves into a deeper and deeper grave of utter global resentment.
17:29 April 29, 2010 by jhk
why was it pulled......... because violence was threatened. I would love to say publish and be dammed, but recognize it's not me having people pour petrol through the letter box.

Its not all muslims, its a small minority of w******* who perform acts in the name of religion and they fail to recognize their own self interest (nothing wrong with self interest, the US states it all the time). So when we say "muslims" it does a disservice to those who have some perspective. The show was meant to be offensive, and it was. But offensive enough to kill someone........nah-

I would not expect any muslim (or christian, Buddhist, jew etc) to say the show was ok to show this, but state it's a sin, and leave the punishment in the hands of "god". I think this is the approach of most believers.

How many muslim would be prepared to kill over this (0.000000001 % perhaps). Scratching the guys sports car, well that's something else.

Comedy Central just recognize that nutters exists and probably best not provoke them. For them anything can be justified if the excused of religion is used.

the nutters probably think they have won, when in fact we are all now off to you tube to down load the offending material and have a good laugh. well done boys now back to your caves and 15th century lifestyle.

ho hum
17:38 April 29, 2010 by Tall swede
Why do everyone claim that sweden are cowards? It is a international directive from the comedy central in USA. Comedy central i sweden decide to follow this directive. In NO WAY AT ALL do this break any freedom of speech law in sweden, and no law in sweden is responsible for the decision not to show it.
17:39 April 29, 2010 by zooeden
A clear setback for Sweden, the first world muslim country; If is so dangerous to set the episodes on air I would go and check out for terrorists cells all over Sweden, you might be surprised they exist here!!!!
17:46 April 29, 2010 by omansour
this Nemesis is really funny.
17:49 April 29, 2010 by calebian22
Nemesis is not funny, well maybe she is. I don't know her. She is correct though.
17:58 April 29, 2010 by omansour
ok cablebian22 if she's not funny how can you say she's correct? Freedom of expression is something great but respect is a virtue. If you don't respect others then no one would appreciate your "free expressions" because you're insulting them. For me respect is of more value than freedom of expression. If you think about it, if you don't respect yourself and others no one would respect you and therefore you can't really be someone credible to express yourself freely.

Another things, when freedom of expression is used as a provocative tool by some, I really don't think it would also be something good. If everyone is free to do whatever without any rules or at least self-respect then this will lead to social chaos.

To be serious, " I have the right to insult and to be insulted." is this something logical? would nemesis insult her/his boss? parents? Wondering!
18:09 April 29, 2010 by sissygirl
I'm sure the original episode will be available online. So as jkh has said, all this hooplah will cause more people to see the stupid cartoon than if nothing had been said. I am now comment #33. Wonder how many hits youtube has gotten.
18:20 April 29, 2010 by missla
Although it may not seem to be, but South Park is a very critical cartoon. They criticise the American ignorance and view of the world. That's why there are always jokes (many times in my opinion not funny although I LOVE the cartoon) about , christians, atheists, gays, fat people, canadians etc because that's how many Americans - not all of them, of course - make sense of the world. Want one example? Watch the Imagination land episode. You can see it for free (and legally) at their website!

I totally agree with the point made regarding freedom of speech: It's interesting that any jew, christian, atheist, gay, fat people, canadian etc. have never threatened to kill any of the producers while a few Mulsims extremists did that. So why air the other episodes and not the ones with the Muslim if both can be regarded as 'disrespectful'? Nonetheless, I disagree with Swedish position of not airing it and I don't think airing it consists of an act of disrespecting the Muslin religion.

It is important to point out that not ALL Muslims are the same! These ones - who made the threat and killed Theo Van Gogh - are just a small group of them. And they are extremists! Let's not generalise! I am not a Muslin, but I totally respect their religion and I think not even half of the western world knows exactly what the religion is about and only presumes it is about killing.
18:32 April 29, 2010 by calebian22

"I have the right to insult and to be insulted."

That makes perfect sense if you understand freedom of speech. One may not like what is said, but one has respect the right to say it. Virtues are not more important than rights in the west, so we will have to vehemently disagree on that one.

What is provocative? Is an iman calling for death to infidels because he believes the quran tells him to do so, or calling for the establishment of a caliphate to replace secular governments being provocative? One can't cry "disrespect," or "that's provocative," when it is convenient. However, if a provocative comparison is to be made, then a cartoon of a historical figure that 4.5 billion non muslims around the world deem to be irrelevant is less provocative than calling for a death over said cartoon.

Friordet finns i Sverige. Get used to it.
18:41 April 29, 2010 by anony1
I am a persian! and I Totally loved this episode when I watched it online

they already censored it when aired in US, however I am impatiently waiting to see the uncensored version of this south park episode!

I fact, I love it when they insult mohammad!
19:14 April 29, 2010 by omansour
@calebian22 you have made your self clear here. Rights are more important than rights, accusing Islam because of "an extremist imam" uttered some extremists sentences, justify insulting others..

Whats left for me to argue? Nothing, I respect your "opinion" and its my hope that you respect mine. In fact if we started to teach ourselves mutual respect, then we won't have anyone to complain.
19:25 April 29, 2010 by diegoveggie
lets not offend the sensitive muslims those big babies
19:55 April 29, 2010 by Swedesmith
Muslims insult themselves with their own actions.
19:57 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
Pathetic.. obviously most of the people offended have not actually seen the episodes..

In the same episode Jesus is watching porn and buddha is snorting cocaine. The whole point of the episode was that Tom Cruise wanted Mohommads powers so that he could not be riduculed anymore, instead of being called a fudge packer.

Mohommad was not shown (not even a hand!) and Mohammad was only shown inside a bear outfit (which actaully turned out to be santa claus)

the point here is that even a mention of the muslim leader would cause the muslim nutjobs to complain and even thoguh the other religions were offended far more, they would do nothing, noty even complain!
20:04 April 29, 2010 by calebian22

Actually the cartoons were caricatures of Mohammed based on the actions of extremists in your religion. Mohammed wearing a bomb hat, Allah telling the newly arrived suicide bombers that heavens supply of virgins was running low, etc, etc. The reaction to the cartoons (murder and riots) only reinforced the accuracy of the cartoons.

The cartoons and their "disrespect" came after members of your religion started killing people indiscriminantly. You are correct that respect is important, but it has to be a two way street. Demanding respect from the west in the face of disrespect and the complete disregard for the sanctity of life from members of your religion, is unreasonable and irrational. Islam needs a Serpico.
20:08 April 29, 2010 by saab
To Omansour, you write " when freedom of expression is used as a provocative tool by some, I really don't think it would also be something good. If everyone is free to do whatever without any rules or at least self-respect then this will lead to social chaos. To be serious, " I have the right to insult and to be insulted." is this something logical?"

Well, are the Swedish authorities forcing you to watch South Park? I don't think so. Just don't watch it. Exercise your rights and turn off your television but leave others alone. Don't tread on me to have greater or lesser degrees of self respect.
20:08 April 29, 2010 by asim513
The main fact that most people ignore in this case is that the website www. revolutionmuslim.com was created by two converts from Israel ( for reference http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/05/radicals.mosque/ ). Who after conversion from jewish to islam, moved to America and started radical activities. It seems they just jumped to the bandwagon of extremist organizations to get some popularity otherwise i have not seen any traditional organization to even protest to the South Park.
20:09 April 29, 2010 by bolababu
I am a staunch Christian and if I killed someone everytime Jesus was made fun of, there would not be one muslim left in the world. It is a little far-fetched to force me to respect someone, a human like myself that i have never met. Not even you have met him. I have one wife and he had four, how then is he better than I am? ..because he made more babies than i did?
20:13 April 29, 2010 by spy
This makes me so mad I want to kill Kenny.
20:18 April 29, 2010 by Michael84
A wise decision.
20:21 April 29, 2010 by omansour
saab I am exactly doing what you're saying. But it happened that I wanted to share my opinion.. :)
20:25 April 29, 2010 by totyis
I say let's do this: participate at "Everybody draw mohamed day" on facebook.
20:28 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
@omansour Have you actually seen the epsiodes??

Answer= no!

Your basing your opinions on what other have told you.. as you are a sheep who cannot think for yourself..
20:28 April 29, 2010 by Xcellent
to all of you who are having a pain in the neck about this article, and are just head over heels in love with FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

Let me ask you something. why is it illegal in Germany(western country) to deny the holocaust????

so stick a cork in it !!

God bless Sweden !!!
20:38 April 29, 2010 by totyis
Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.

Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called 'religious rights.'

When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to 'the reasonable' Muslim demands for their 'religious rights,' they also get the other components under the table. Here's how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

United States - Muslim 1.0%

Australia - Muslim 1.5%

Canada - Muslim 1.9%

China - Muslim 1%-2%

Italy - Muslim 1.5%

Norway - Muslim 1.8%

At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

Denmark - Muslim 2%

Germany - Muslim 3.7%

United Kingdom - Muslim 2.7%

Spain - Muslim 4%

Thailand - Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves - along with threats for failure to comply. ( United States ).

France - Muslim 8%

Philippines - Muslim 5%

Sweden - Muslim 5%

Switzerland - Muslim 4.3%

The Netherlands - Muslim 5.5%

Trinidad &Tobago - Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris -car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam - Mohammed cartoons).

Guyana - Muslim 10%

India - Muslim 13.4%

Israel - Muslim 16%

Kenya - Muslim 10%

Russia - Muslim 10-15%
20:38 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
No Muslims has ever insulted Jesus,Moses or anybody The Christian and Jews Should have respect also.

If prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of almighty God be upon him) was alife. He would forgive these insulter. His complete teaching are about love and forgiveness.

God says in Quran, "I have sent you Muhammad as mercy to all mankind"

He forgave the man who wounded his daughter and later she died, He forgave many who physically tortured him.

Islam teaches forgiveness and I hope Muslims should understand the true message of Islam and do not try to kill these cartoonist. They are idiots and doing this for money, Nowhere in law says you can insult someone by using freedom of speech, I am sure Prophet would not be happy to see someone was killed because of he insulted him.

Muhammad was a merciful man . Lets hear from an ex-Christian about how He was merciful.

You tubee watch?v=rNP7kY_3r_w

The Prophet Muhammad pbuh
20:39 April 29, 2010 by totyis
After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

Ethiopia - Muslim 32.8%

At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

Bosnia - Muslim 40%

Chad - Muslim 53.1%

Lebanon - Muslim 59.7%

From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

Albania - Muslim 70%

Malaysia - Muslim 60.4%

Qatar - Muslim 77.5%

Sudan - Muslim 70%

After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

Bangladesh - Muslim 83%

Egypt - Muslim 90%

Gaza - Muslim 98.7%

Indonesia - Muslim 86.1%

Iran - Muslim 98%

Iraq - Muslim 97%

Jordan - Muslim 92%

Morocco - Muslim 98.7%

Pakistan - Muslim 97%

Palestine - Muslim 99%

Syria - Muslim 90%

Tajikistan - Muslim 90%

Turkey - Muslim 99.8%

United Arab Emirates - Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' - the Islamic House of Peace - there's supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

Afghanistan - Muslim 100%

Saudi Arabia - Muslim 100%

Somalia - Muslim 100%

Yemen - Muslim 99.9%

Of course, that's not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons
20:44 April 29, 2010 by Tall swede
Newyork Växjö

When muslims stop defending people who kill others in the name of Muhammed (may poop be upon him) then i shall stop seeing muhammed as a symbol for the hate that kill people for their lack of muslim faith. As long as i see protests that want me, and others like me DEAD just for my faith (or lack of faith), then i shall stop make jokes of others faith. Is that a fair trade? Muslims stop killing people for their opinions, and we stop making jokes of muslims hate and lust for killing everyone? Like the egg and chicken, what came first? The lust for killing, or the jokes with bombs and pigs in roundabouts?
20:56 April 29, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Hello Stockholm, can we have the results from the Swedish jury?

Hello Eurovision fans!!! We are coming live from sunny Stockholm..

Here are the results from the Swedish Jury

Freedom of Speech................. nul points

Violent Muslims....................... un point

20:56 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
Tall Swede

Have some respect if you want to argue.

Christian are killing or Muslims? Who started these wars? was it Muslims? Who invaded Iraq, Afghanistan and the world?

The source of all these evil works are Russia an orthodox Christians who invaded Afghanistan, other evils UK who has history of going to each land and killing and invading and stealing the everything.

The Hitler a devote christian who killed over 50 millions. Should I go on?

Christian countries are source of problem not Islamic countries.

No Islamic countries tried to occupy russia or britain or us.

You guys are A WHITE TERRORIST and calling Muslims terrorist? Because they dont to be controlled by US or UK ?

Islam and Prophet Muhammad teachings are about to stay out the innocent from war. If they kill an innocents human it is not problem with teaching of Islam it is the problem with the person who is not following Islam.

21:01 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
Cop on above... were talking about a southpark episode here.. not some muslim-cshristian bullsh1t
21:04 April 29, 2010 by pintoflex
once again Sweden shows no backbone. Arranging the Davis cup behind closed door because of fear of confrontation is one thing, but folding on a satirical show that makes fun about about nearly anybody? what's wrong with swedish tv?

21:08 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
wonders if this is a publicity stunt from comedy central.. to drum up more interest from an almost non story
21:10 April 29, 2010 by Mr. Puppy
Omansour, I don't think you understand some very basic things about modern Western civilization. Ideas like respect and that that "society will collapse" without it have no place in the law of the land... along with the related notions of honor and shame.

There is a saying "I don't like what you say but I defend your right to say it".

That is why so many people here are upset about the decision not to air this show on TV here. Because not airing it, no matter what you feel about the contents, feels like a return to the time when Christianity owned the law in the west, when notions of decency and respect and shame and honor were codified in law and when blasphemy was a capital crime.

It's about respect for the principles that allow us to enjoy the benefits of modern life. Freedom of speech is one of those principles. True respect for this principle is allowing the show to air whether you like it or not. That is respect. In the modern context respect is about respecting that everyone is a human being with human rights no matter if they are a different religion from you, a different sexual orientation from you and no matter if they say things you don't like. The fact that you have not condemned the death threats and seem to imply that people should expect death threats if they don't kowtow to the sensibilities of religious people shows that you utterly fail to understand the basis of modern Western society.
21:19 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö

I do not like blondes so pls...
21:22 April 29, 2010 by Dave N
Mohammad was a merciful man? Oh yes, he was really merciful when he beheaded thousands of Jewish men and boys who had surrendered to him after the Battle of the Trench and even more merciful when he and his followers raped the women and took them and their children as slaves.

What a nice man he was! In fact, according to Muslims, he is the perfect role model and they should all strive to be like him - which is a big problem for the rest of us. Now, what were those other merciful things he recommended? Oh yes, "Kill the unbelievers wherever you may find them" and "Fight until there is no religion but Islam."
21:24 April 29, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Beavis

I have up to season 12 on DVD and family guy to season 7 on DVD.

Southpark is brilliant.

I also recommend American Dad, Futurama, Family Guy and Tripping the Rift. I think the people who cancelled Tripping the Rift are a##holes.
21:27 April 29, 2010 by dew_pansy
Hello to All,

freedom of speech is very important and it should be cared but not on the basis of hurting other people feelings.if it hurts muslims,i think it shouldnot be allowed.and this decision is the greater wisdom of that newspaper.everyone who is against this decision,should make his own newspaper and then dare to publish that.then i will ask.
21:30 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
Dave N,

Can you provide your source you Little Jew. He did not kill any human himself or any Jews.

You should not lie, When you die you would face God. it is not right to accuse or lie over someone.
21:33 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
@Nemesis.. Season 12 &13 were great after a couple of dodgy seasons.. 14 though so far has been a bit poor I have to say, althought its been getting the most media attention (Tiger woods, the muhammad crap)

I wonder how many courics does muhammad weigh?
21:42 April 29, 2010 by Tall swede
I show respect to who i want to. Christians killed a lot of people. I dont like them. That just show you that people who really believe that they are doing good things still kill like crazies in the name of their faith. Just like fanatic Muslims do right now! Kill cartoonist in self defense? Even the jury in the O.J. trial woulnt belive that one! And americans kill in self defense, because muslims fly into their towers killing thousands! THATS self defense. Are you afraid of paper cuts, or that the picture in the tv is going to kill you? Move to a muslim country and you wont find either papers that print opinions, or tv that provoke you. Just herds of goats, and a thousand year old book that wants you to kill people who dont believe in muhammeds goo!
21:51 April 29, 2010 by Xcellent
tall swede, i have a question for you.

does pizza scream in the oven?
22:00 April 29, 2010 by berserker
Sad day for the "free" world, when religion has to dictate TV stations or the state with death threats , blackmail etc etc. South Park rips on everyone if certain people can't view a cartoon as a joke and enjoy it don't watch it! It is not like anyone is forcing them to do so. I dont see the pope or the roman catholic church calling for censorship because of bashing on southpark , or lutherans, jews, orthodox, hedans, atheists, or whatever. Retarded imho , cant wait for the uncensored DVD , hahaha.
22:03 April 29, 2010 by expert
I fully respect and agree with the decision.

There is freedom of speech but there is also something called circle of respect. So, please do not try to invade the circle of respect of other people, or otherwise they will definitely react.

Surely, if a person having healthy brain will come up to me and show me disrespect, than what should he expect, my other cheek, no sorry, it will never happen.
22:03 April 29, 2010 by Nordic Prince
Adolf Hitler says: "If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!".

Therefore, we can deduce from that thoughtful quote is that Muslims shouldn't post any comment here. Because you guys won :) !!!

I mean come on don't be so greedy. You won and you want to beat those losers (Hypocrites from the West who have double standards) again in the discussion. I think that isn't fair :)

Besides, Muslims never, ever been known as greedy people. Huh?... wit! Yeah!!! We all know who are the known as So Greedy: The same ones who occupied Palestine, killed kids and steal the land 1948 and again in 1967 and again in 2008.

The bottom line is: Congrats for Muslims! And keep in mind that it is better to be feared than loved. Also, Don't argue with fools, because people from a distance can't tell who is who.
22:06 April 29, 2010 by Tall swede
@Xcellent Ever heard of Godwins law?

No Hindi ever wanted to kill me, even though i eat beef several times a week. Why dont they want to kill me when i eat holy cows? Because religion can only put restrains on their own followers! I work on sundays, even though the bible (old T) says i should be killed for it. But i am not christian nor jew. I eat cows, even though they are holy. But i am not hindi. I could paint a picture with a guy then wright "muhammed" and put it in a roundabout. BECAUSE I AM NOT MUSLIM! Your rules do not apply to me! If that is not the case, everyone should stop eating cows, or hindi people have the right to kill you!
22:08 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
Tall Swede,

I do not think you read my comments. I do not argue with fools who believe 9-11 was alquida work. It was completely inside job, Israelis were involved also.
22:08 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
@expert ...you respect the decision! ha! For something you havent seen!What a muppet!
22:09 April 29, 2010 by berserker
@expert "I fully respect and agree with the decision.There is freedom of speech but there is also something called circle of respect."

Well you know there is also such a thing as 'earning' respect.
22:12 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
@Newyork-Växjö do you also believe the tooth fairy was behind that bank robbery last year too? Your one dud whos certainly living in his own little alternate reality!
22:14 April 29, 2010 by CanadianEh
Sad how everyone screams ''Freedom'' when in turn you really don't have freedom just the perception of it. We all live in our invisible cages and think we are truly free. Wake up People.

People need to respect one another no matter Religion, Race and Creed.

This Forum just shows Islamaphobia is rampant in Europe and growing in N.America. Most of the people preach week arguments that have no or little research and that confuse culture with religion.

Hopefully one day most people will break out of the main stream media tidal wave of lies and understand the truth. Until then stop trolling and do some honest research.
22:17 April 29, 2010 by Venturisection
Bullied into submission by fanatical lunatics following an archaic religion from the dark ages.

This is a bad day a very bad day for Sweden as they show that they have no freedom of expression or speech in the face of such ridiculous notions as death over a cartoon. Its absurd and offensive and if Islam refuses to modernise it shows how stupid a religion it really is. Grow up its just a damn cartoon all the other religions take it except this ridiculously violent one.

Islam is not the answer its the problem.

Thank you and F*** islam for trying to reduce out freedoms through ancient idiocy and bigotry.

I consider all Muslims as people who are brainwashed by a decrepid old way of life that should've died long long ago but continues to claim victims. Break free of religion please please please think what you are doing its completely ilogical irrational and arrogant.
22:18 April 29, 2010 by Beavis
@CanadianEh Have you seen the episode?? If not your comment is worthless!You just think it is anto-islamic as you have not seen it. As one muslim posted earlier, he said he found it hillarous and not offensive (he even wanted offence..but there was none) Wake up! See it yourself and form you OWN opionons, not just what other people tell you!
22:30 April 29, 2010 by CanadianEh
@ Beavis

I have seen it there is really nothing at all to depict the prophet, since the entire episode was trying to hide his identity. What I posted earlier is in regards to the outrageous comments people are leaving in their anti-islamic stance. Then again Beavis you are probably a butthead to begin with and can't understand or formulate a proper response to what I have said earlier. Just look at ''Venturisection's'' comment. Do I really need to say more? If more people took the time to understand one another then conflicts such as this would not be occurring.
22:37 April 29, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
I can see so much hate of racists on this forum and I pray to Almighty God to guide them all into right path. If they continue to spread the hate then I ask God to show them your sign and make them suffer so they understand you are here God and watching. Ameen.
22:43 April 29, 2010 by Beavis

"I have seen it there is really nothing at all to depict the prophet"

"If more people took the time to understand one another then conflicts such as this would not be occurring."

then whats all the fuss about?? and why is it not going to be shown in sweden?
22:50 April 29, 2010 by CanadianEh
Out of respect is one answer, another could be we don't want American culture... how do I know. If people really want to watch it download it, watch the episode online. But I can tell you one thing you can't buy publicity like this.... People that have probably never watched the show or used to watch the show are going to be intrigued to watch it now.

Revenues for Media Conglomerates = Dolla Dolla Bills Y'all

And the economic crises is over and Greece is kicked out of the Eurozone who knows lol ;)
23:15 April 29, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
Everyone and everything must be freely criticised and must be freely mocked.
23:35 April 29, 2010 by ceric35
I will commend Comedy Central for their actions. Although they have the right to free speech and muslims have the right to be angry and offended by the South Park episodes, that is not the reality of the situation. Comedy Central knows that the last time cartoonists depicted Mohammad, multinational terrorist groups attempted to kill those cartoonists. Comedy Central was simply trying to protect their employees from crazy people.

I fully believe that the blasphemous images should be printed and widely distributed to show the entire population that western values of an open, liberal society should prevail over first millennial ignorance. However, if only one country or one organization or company stands up to the insanity of religious extremism, that organization will become targets of extremism.
23:47 April 29, 2010 by byronfry68
This is simply a disgrace. The Swedes seem to have lost all self-confidence and bow down to those who shout the loudest.

Interetingly, the 'threat' was made by a US non-extremist Muslim group who had simply warned it could cause repercussions by others, given past events.

Thus making this entire event a total overreaction and frankly a national embarassment.

This is the result of political correctness and politeness to accomodate certain people that frankly have shown less than the same courtesy, tolerance and understanding back to their hosts compared to others.
00:06 April 30, 2010 by omansour
@Beavis and this is your European, western principles to offend others? Perhaps you would use the "freedom of speech" argument again.

I watched the cartoons on the TV and it is shameful when people like you come with unreasonable argument from no where to offend others! I will refrain from behaving the same way you did, and I hope others in this talkback can understand how some behave and use their "modern" principles when people share their opinions.

@ Mr puppy I understand your thoughts but I am sad that you concluded by misjudging me that I dont condemn these death threats! I dont really know how did you come up with this conclusion. Its irritating how you use elegant words to offend others. You seem to use the general rule that if one is bad then all is bad. Islamic extremists only represent themselves and if you would generalize this to all muslims, then any muslim, in any modern society can sew you. Because you don't have the right to offend others with such arrogant, naive claims.

Those who are angry need to learn more about Islam. I am confident that most of them only hear about the ME through politicized media and never been there except to enjoy the sun in Egypt behind the pyramids or the beach at Sharm Sheikh. So, just follow your principles, and do not judge others by showing you are better and they are thugs. Learn the reality by living it and don't buy the news from the Web or the TV. if you dont, who cares...things are going to change soon or later, change is the only constant.

I hope that people should realize that contributions to this talkback do not need to be verified based on the assumption that the community would express respect and behave well.
00:07 April 30, 2010 by anony1
I watched the imaginary land episode of south park too!

I recommend it to everyone!

god, islam, muhammad, jesus and everything related is imaginary! so stop jumping each other for nonsense imaginary things!
00:17 April 30, 2010 by Beavis
@omansour idiot.. you obviously didnt watch the episodes on TV (as they havent been shown on TV in Sweden!) If you had you would have known that as CanadianEh stated:

"I have seen it there is really nothing at all to depict the prophet"

@ceric35 obviously you havent seen it either!!! There were NO images in the episode! There was nothing offensive to muslims (to Christians and Budests there may have been)

Its a publicity stunt :)

They expected idiots like you guys to get offended by having some non-existant crazies come out and give threats, and without even seeing it for yourselves automatically condemn it!

Watch it first guys!
00:25 April 30, 2010 by badgerknox
Cowardice rears it's ugly, timid head. Why doesn't Sweden just make Bin Laden the PM?
00:34 April 30, 2010 by omansour
Well Mr. Beavis you should know I have access to many channels. And I watched part of the episode with the bear uniform...And now its a problem if I watched or not. Its really ironic how you people think about the issue. Give your opinion, argue for it in a "civilized, reasonable" way; if the other is not convinced then accept your differences. Why would you or any one claim to be better?? or is it like western principles are holy? why should it be right and others wrong? and why would impose your opinion?
00:40 April 30, 2010 by Marko2010S
@Nordic Prince #74

Well said, You made your point very well !
00:44 April 30, 2010 by Lautreamont
I know what Muslims need. They need a good anal probe. Urgently. Can someone find Cartman?
00:51 April 30, 2010 by skatsouf
screw you guys i' m going home
01:34 April 30, 2010 by expert
Well, some guys here argue that whether you have watched the episode, I would say whether you have read about Islam and Prophet Muhammad(Peace Be Upon Him).

A simple story that i could mention here is, once Prophet came to his place and found that a cat was sleeping over his blanket, so rather than waking up the cat what he did was, he cut down that portion of the blanket so that she didnt get disturbed. Such was his kindness The thing is your media don't tell you about these things. I know Europe has some history of dark ages where religion's role was not so good and you have reasons for that but try not to frame islam in the description of religion you have gotten from your history, since at that time there was Golden Age in Islamic world and the vary same religion (Islam) was practiced and advancements in the science were made at the same time in harmony with religion.

A couple of Youtube documentary's that may help are v=pT5_3nSS5BY and ?v=KUhe89q-6X8

What worries me that when people in Europe talk about freedom of expression they don't consider the double standards, an example could be a recent appology by british foriegn office for one of its officials used bad words for pope, but it doesn't happen when it comes to Islam... So please respect each other to win hearts.

01:54 April 30, 2010 by dsc
1 - Point to Islam

0 - Points to Agnosticism/Atheists/Cowards

The titans of bigotry have carried the day.
02:20 April 30, 2010 by DAVID T
i watched it on comedy channel uk - it was funny as foook
02:29 April 30, 2010 by crofab
I can find depictions of Mohammed in google. So why aren't there mass protests by muslim extremists against google?

If I were 'The Local' I would accompany this story with an image of Mohammed! Fear, intimidation, and intolerance have no place in a western democracy. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, all religions are fair game for criticism and satire. I just feel sorry for the non-extremist Muslims out there whose image gets tarnished by these crazy extremists.
03:32 April 30, 2010 by Weekend_warrior
Firstly this is a two part South Park episode. The first one aired fine, and the second one was censored by Comedy Central here in the USA as well. Besides, South Park put Mohammed in a giant bear costume. It was only implied that the "prophet" was inside it. LMAO

South Park FTW!!
04:29 April 30, 2010 by krdx
@totyis how the hell can you say 99.8% of Turkey population is islam? I know for sure it is NOT true..what you do is to scare people and let them start to guard themself and create enemies between cultures and religions. In turkey there are great cartoon magazines but they have never instulted any Christian or Pope. And icons have different meanings in all cultures. If you don't respect these icons, or prophets in the way people respect, then it means you want to insult them. Christians themself make fun of their prophet but Muslims do not..So, just basic rules which applies in business also applies in some behaviours: cultures codes dude..cultural codes..If you classify all muslim people as an extremist bloody criminals then u are making the most wrong thing.
08:09 April 30, 2010 by Thebinary1
Simple Question:

What percentage of Muslims in the whole world follow Islamic teachings to the letter, and what percentage of Muslims in the whole world do not follow Islamic teachings and are hence infidels themselves and therefore deserve to die?
09:13 April 30, 2010 by Renfeh Hguh
Episodes 200 & 201 were great.

Sweden has no balls, but we already new that ;)
09:28 April 30, 2010 by Fishtank
Find it out yourself...

10:40 April 30, 2010 by WelshSwede
This is bullsh*t, It really annoys me that we have to bend over for the minority. South Park takes the mik out of a lot of religions, people etc. They even had a character called Jesus, who was a regular and even had his own talk show.

Now that Muhammed comes into it, ooooo we have to bow down to this minority religion, if you read God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens you will have more of an understanding how this religion began.

Anyway, getting to the point. We strive for equality yet we pamper the minority. If you dont want to watch it, dont watch it. The thing that establishments/government do as a mistake is Ban it. It then drives the individual to want to watch it more.
11:24 April 30, 2010 by Globalnomad
Typical spinless Swedes. They insult Jews, Catholics and Americans in the Swedish press but won't touch this one ? I'm basking the the hypocritical glow of this and can't wait to bring this up at " fika " time at work . Shame on Sweden. I guess it will be business as usual tomorrow in Aftonbladet insulting the Israelis and Pope and the Americans ... oh yeah, I guess you can do that in Sweden because they don't highjack airplanes or blow up trains or strap suicide vests on if you dare talk any sh** about them. I've lost what little respect I've had for this country.
11:36 April 30, 2010 by WelshSwede
In addition, the creaters are bringing out a musical about Mormons's. Why no out cry about that. Personally I cant wait to watch it.

Maybe the Mormons's will wait until they get the DVD as Christmas present before they say anything.

12:22 April 30, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Come on Sweden. Grow a pair. There is only one way to break they spell. You can do it now or cower and hope your children have the balls for it.
13:02 April 30, 2010 by wabasha
sweet, im #101. i hope nobody is offended by the lack of information in my comment.
13:08 April 30, 2010 by crofab
Why is everyone lashing out at Sweden and blaming the government for this? The story states that it was clearly the network that made the decision.
13:17 April 30, 2010 by cat3
Now if this was an anti-Israeli or anti-semitic show, the Swedes would be falling over backwards to air it.
13:51 April 30, 2010 by Tall swede

I wrote that in #28 so Im with you. If people don't read the article, why do we expect them to read the comments? For everyone stupid enough to not even try to understand: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SWEDEN! COMEDY CENTRAL DONT WANT IT TO AIR ANYWHERE! SWEDEN DOESN'T CARE! Lets wait and see if some retard still believe that Sweden somehow stopped this.
15:02 April 30, 2010 by Uncle
@Totyis - your stats are so good that I actually saved them for future reference!

One of the best arguments that I ever saw that actually prove how muslims are capable of forcefully beating a country back into the stone age.

Good work there!

cat3 - yep and the muslims like NewYork Växjö and Nordic Prince would be happily laughing and loving the freedom of speech in Sweden... Embarassing.
15:22 April 30, 2010 by ramazama
These low life , ignorant, hard core swedish atheists need some theism in their alcohol filled , sex obsessed, ateisitc , sad lives .
16:00 April 30, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Next time someone says to me that Sweden is the most free, open country in the world, I'll strangle them. Freedoms of speech and expression were clearly shot in the face here. Sweden has become hostage to the Islamic nomads that have squat on thier beautiful country.

The stance by Sweden and by Comedy Central leads me to only one denominator though.... Leftist that deem "free speech" appropriate, only if they approve, and it fits their agenda.

16:18 April 30, 2010 by Tall swede
@GefleFrequentFlyer READ THREE COMMENTS ABOVE YOUR COMMENT. Sweden has nothing to do with this! No law in Sweden forced this to happen. No politician can dictate how to apply a law in a specific case. This is just comedy central being afraid for their employers sake, and i hope the police in US arrests the criminals who threatened the creators. Sweden cant do anything in this case!
17:17 April 30, 2010 by adamhc
I am very sad to hear this. I'd expect more from Sweden. They are jokes!! It's satire - get over it!

17:35 April 30, 2010 by Waseem Turk
thanxx sweden....
23:43 April 30, 2010 by martell
They came begging to stay, and now they behave as if they own the house. It is not up to a religious minority to demand a change of the system which they did not build. Not an inch towards these haters of democracy and abusers of the system.

Wake up, ethnic Swedes, and reclaim your culture and country.
02:36 May 1, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
It is sad that the RELIGION OF PEACE is neither!

The fact that it has to hide it's real face behind threats of VIOLENCE so that the world will not see how truly barbaric its profit truly was, is very sad.

Teaching the truth about islam is the fastest way to disable this violent anti-Western religion.
05:27 May 1, 2010 by Bjovulf
Southpark episoderne 1405-200 & 1406-201



Heja Sverige från DK ;-)
13:13 May 1, 2010 by unkle strunkle
A Swede, a Norwegian and a Dane get into a taxi. The driver takes one look at them and says, "Sorry gentlemen. I'm a Muslim. I can't take a joke."
13:57 May 1, 2010 by rightsaidfred
"The pair appeared to heed the warning last week when the second part of the centenary show was aired, with the word Censored appearing after the Muslim prophet's name was mentioned, and with the bear-suited Muhammad replaced by Santa Claus."

Peter Vinthagen Simpson, the author who wrote this, has committed the worst sacrilege. Matt and Trey were outraged at the censorship and didn't heed any warning, whether from Comedy Central or the lunatics who threatened them. By contract, Comedy Central has final editing rights and there was little Matt and Trey could do about what is aired. It is simply blasphemy to suggest they would ever back off. The author who wrote this (oddly, no relation to Homer Simpson) should apologize.

Correction article, please?
16:59 May 1, 2010 by peropaco
Sweden is under house arrest. Islam in dictating the rules. Next they will demand the closure of systembolaget.
17:00 May 1, 2010 by Venturisection
agreed with rightsaidfred what idiot said that. Its libel.
18:20 May 1, 2010 by Iraniboy
Another food for Anti-ABCD to find their target groups and insult them.

You can replace ABCD with Muslims, Liberals, Swedish goverment, Swedish...

And then the fact are:

Only 0.0001% of Muslims of threaten to kill others!

Nearly all recent wars were started by US, Russia, Israel who are not Islamic!

Swedish government has always said that they give a hoot or can give a hoot about what happens in their media!

Truth hurts! but for those of you so disappointed with the situation in Sweden, can simply leave here. If you have already supported fascist and ultra right groups in UK, US,... come back there, Swedes don't like extremism.
18:25 May 1, 2010 by daijo
Why critizizing Sweden and it's policy? There is no policy on this. It's a corporate decision. Read the freakin article folks! "The original broadcast of the show was watched by 3.33 million US viewers but, following the Comedy Central decision, Swedish viewers will now have to find other ways to access the controversial episode of the smash hit show."
21:40 May 1, 2010 by ErnestPayne
Anyone wanting the episode will just download it.
22:53 May 1, 2010 by Venturisection

because the Swedish Comedy Central run by Swedish Execs pulled it for the Swedish Audience?

And because the Swedish government let a hate mongering Cleric into the country to spread antisemitic Islamic Fundamentalism and because they don't stand by their presses right to freedom of speech and apologise for a cartoon by Lars Viiks.

Maybe that is why everyone sees Sweden as being weak after not following the US Comedy Central and Basically using numbers to overwhelm this Extremist BS.

I think you missed the point, then again seems like you've been emotionally offended so probably not thinking properly.
03:31 May 2, 2010 by bezjaj
The biggest cowards here are the so called moderate muslims who doesnt protest, their religion taken hostages by a bunch of luns, they lost all of their will for supporting the society who gave them all their rights they were denied. I never liked SP and I never liked SD, but now I am interested in both..Idiots..
09:08 May 2, 2010 by Uncle
"Nearly all recent wars were started by US, Russia, Israel who are not Islamic!"

War in Afghanistan - started because of Islamic attack on the US

Second Lebanon war - Hezbollah killed and kidnapped Israeli soldiers from Israel. Nasrallah is hardly secular. (First one was because of palestinian attacks on Israel from the north and killing of children in Maalot school. Then Hazbollah, Christians and Israel were allies).

War in Gaza - answer to 9 years of shooting rockets by religious Hamas without answer + kidnapping of a soldier from Israel.

Second Chechen war - islamists attacked Dagestan capital and exploded to shreds 400 people in several explosions in Moscow.

Ergo -nearly all the wars started with the above countries were purely Islamic.

Let's add war in Yemen, riots in China, war in Sudan, anarchy in Somalia, religious war between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq, war in Northern Lebanon, war in Ingushetia. Justa few examples were muslim "radicals" are making life easy on everyone else. Europe proves that every 27th muslim coming here is a criminal. Every 3 rapes out of 4 are made my muslims.

Really cute....
10:49 May 2, 2010 by asim513
bezjaj said

"The biggest cowards here are the so called moderate muslims who doesnt protest, their religion taken hostages by a bunch of luns"

As a muslim, I would be delighted if the USA police arrests these two extremist Yousef al-Khattab and Younes Abdullah, the founder of Revolution Muslim, and puts them behind bars. Local mosque in New York has contacted the police to arrest these two guys but police does not want so for the reason that is a rocket science to me. It is crystal clear that these extremists are threat to public safety. Now it is the responsibility of authorities AND not the individual muslims to arrest such miscreants. What individual muslims can do is it to inform the police and authorities and then it is duty of Police to act.

It seems America wants to happen something and then act. Just see what happened in case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow american plane on Christmas day. His father had already alerted the USA embassy about his suspecious activities. It was the responsibility of USA to act and deny the visa.

I hope America wakes up and arrests such terrorists.

you can check details about the story of these two terrorist at http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/05/radicals.mosque/
12:45 May 2, 2010 by Iraniboy
"War in Afghanistan - started because of Islamic attack on the US"

You're funny. A group of ten people mainly from Saudi Arabia attack US then Afghanistan and millions of Afghanis pay for it!

"Second Lebanon war - Hezbollah killed and kidnapped Israeli soldiers from Israel. Nasrallah is hardly secular.

War in Gaza - answer to 9 years of shooting rockets by religious Hamas without answer + kidnapping of a soldier from Israel. "

We used to call this war! When a country occupy another countries land like Sheba farms of Lebanon, then the occupied country attacks the occupier! It was normal until WW2 but ....!!!! Even if you consider any credibility for UN, Israel is occupier hence any attempt to liberate the land from occupier is part of defending in war! they were called HERO in ww2!!!!

"Ergo -nearly all the wars started with the above countries were purely Islamic. "

Ergo - nearly all wars were against an Islamic country according to your own UN facts!!

"Let's add war in Yemen, riots in China, war in Sudan, anarchy in Somalia, religious war between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq, war in Northern Lebanon, war in Ingushetia. Justa few examples were muslim "radicals" are making life easy on everyone else. Europe proves that every 27th muslim coming here is a criminal. Every 3 rapes out of 4 are made my muslim"

You figure about rape make any living creature laugh!! You're hilarious!
13:08 May 2, 2010 by asim513
It seems peopple are more interested to discuss violence istead of South Park issue. So let us have an overall view.

Following is the list of major incidences of violence committed in the 20th century.

Event Killed (Million) All the figures are from Encarta.

Second world war 55

China revolution and civil wars 20

Congo free state 12

First world war 10 (About 1 million died in Ottoman empire)

Stalin 9.3

Russian civil war 7

Korean war 5

Vietnam war 4.7

Civil War in Congo 3

Khmer Rouge, Cambodia 1.7

Rwandan Genocide 0.8

Invasion of Afghanistan by USSR 0.7

Iraq-Iran war 0.3

Indonesia Anti-communist crackdown 0.3

Total 129.8

In the above list you can see that Muslims (Iran Iraq war, Indonesia and Ottoman Empire) can be blamed for 1.6 million (or 1.2%) out of 129.8 million people killed, in the 20th century. Compare this against the fact that Muslims make up about 21% of the world population.

It seems quite ridiculous to claim that Muslims are violent in the light of above facts. So media should stop this campaign of maligning Islam, instead they should report violence without associating it to any religion in the world. But if they do want to relate violence to religions then any act of violence should be related to the religion of the perpetrators and not only when a Muslim does an act of violence.
13:42 May 3, 2010 by BrittInSweden

I don't think looking out for the safety of their staff is cowardly.

We have all seen what happens when Mohammed gets mentioned in a way Muslim's don't agree with. All it takes is one person to take it too far and someone gets hurt for showing a cartoon.

I'll find a way to watch it but I don't blame them for holding it back if employee safety is the reason.
22:28 May 5, 2010 by eman mohammed
Teaching the truth about Islam is the fastest way to love Islam. It is the true religion of peace and tolerance in spite of all of the above comments full of hatred. You are completely ignorant, and you know nothing about Islam and you give yourselves the right to judge it and insult all Muslims!! Before you judge Islam give yourselves the chance to know it. This is a web site that tells the truth about profit Mohammad. http://www.rasoulallah.net/v2/index.aspx?lang=en …………and by the way ethnic cleansing was done to Muslims NOT by Muslims, Remember Bosnia and Israel!!!!?????
08:43 May 6, 2010 by Kronaboy
Thank you Comedy Central Sweden for showing the courtesy of respecting my views and beliefs, you have once again proven that Sweden is a rarity within Northern European countries.

@eman mohammed

Why waste your breath, I have realised for some time that while some white people are gentle and enlightened souls, most unfortunately are not.

Contrary to popular imagination, the vast majority of terrorists in the world are white males. The most destructive wars in history were(and are still) waged by whites, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of millions. The most destructive weapons are made by whites. Pornography is manufactured exclusively by whites. They are slowly but surely destroying the environment. Whites are more likely to be sexual predators, child molesters, rapists, stalkers and mass murderers. Why? The problem lies in their own nihilistic belief of racial superiority and the lack of a real sustainable culture based on higher principles of tolerance and respect.

The white race must be pacified and civilized for the betterment of the planet. This will become a reality as enlightened whites shed their racist heritage and rejoin the human race as equals.
10:17 May 6, 2010 by alu
Sweden wake up... what are you so scared off and Why?

We do still have freedom of speach or do i need to have that confirmed too!

The back bone the nation once had, is slowly and forcibly being removed.

Do you all want to be puppets on a string????

stop being so PC
18:31 May 7, 2010 by munched
@ totyis - Nice work bud.
04:03 May 8, 2010 by skallfraktur87
- Tyvärr måste jag meddela att man centralt från USA tagit ett beslut att inte visa det 200:e avsnittet av South Park. Det är något vi verkligen beklagar men vi följer de internationella direktiv vi fått, säger Peter von Satzgerl, kanalchef för svenska Comedy Central, till SvD.se.

They got directions from head office in USA. So stop callin' Sweden scared. And get your fact straight.
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A couple of young bulls not related to the story. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Dried cattle genitalia, goats' heads and hundreds of litres of lard were just a few of the many strange finds discovered when police raided a property in Sweden.

This is officially Sweden's most beautiful beard
The most beautiful beard in Sweden. Photo: Memo Göcek

According to a jury of barbers and 'well known bearded profiles', that is.

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Swedish photographer Paul Hansen on another occasion. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Photographer Paul Hansen thanked his lucky stars for surviving sniper fire while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven meeting Saudi Arabia's Trade Minister Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has visited Saudi Arabia a year and a half after relations turned frosty in a major diplomatic row.

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Scottish entrepreneur William Macdonald. Photo: Michael Campanella

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Swedish photographer shot near Mosul
Hansen was being operated on in the Iraqi city of Erbil on Sunday. Photo: Nora Lorek/ TT

Paul Hansen, a photographer working for Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has sustained light injuries after being hit by what appears to be a sniper while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

Trollhättan remembers school attack victims
'It was an attack on all of Sweden,' Education Minister Gustav Fridolin said. Photo: Thomas Johansson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday turned out for a torchlight procession in the small town of Trollhättan in southwestern Sweden to honour the victims of last year’s deadly school attack there.

Sweden wants emission- free cars in EU by 2030
Photo: Jessica Gow/ TT

Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

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