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On June 5, 2011, it headlined "Statement regarding the arrest of Younas Abdullah Muhammad," saying:

He was abroad when targeted. Moroccan authorities arrested him. He awaited extradition to America. Morocco has no extradition treaty with Washington. He was sent anyway. Despotic societies operate that way. So do fake democracies pretending to be real ones.

Muhammad's arrest follows a "long line of Muslims who have been imprisoned for speaking out against the United States. It is part and parcel of the US war on Islam."

America wants "voices of dissent, voices of truth" silenced. "(W)e will not be silenced."

In May 2011, Al Hittin.com explained more. US authorities charged Muhammad in connection with alleged threats made against the creators of "South Park."

It's a Trey Parker/Matt Stone "satirical animated sitcom." It lampoons religion and other topics. It's known "for its absolute disregard for people's sensibilities."

It satirized the Prophet Muhammad. It portrayed him "disguised in a bear suit." Doing so was irresponsible. Islamic tenets were ignored. The Koran teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism.

Its five pillars include profession of faith, prayer five times daily, fasting during Ramadan, charity, and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime for those able to afford it.

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Islamic tenets are turned on their head. Fear is stoked. Imperial wars, other forms of violence, and persecution follow.

Muhammad and others responded responsibly to South Park's deplorable act. Their comments were twisted. They were misinterpreted as threats. Doing so was willful. At issue was silencing Muhammad.

He challenged Parker and Stone. He asked "Is this what America's 'Freedom of expression' and 'Freedom of speech' is?" Are these US "values" and "principles?"

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins." 

"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist (for) the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

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According to FBI Special Agent Paula Menges' affidavit , Muhammad collaborated with Zachary Chesser. A "clarification statement" followed.

It "contained pages of justification under Islamic law for the death of those who insult Islam or defame its prophet, and for Muslims to bring about such deaths," claimed Menges.

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