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"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."
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.
Morton and Chesser "asserted in pertinent part that 'we will never tolerate the mocking or insulting of any one of the prophets,' and explained that the Islamic ruling on this situation was that 'the punishment is death.' "
She lied. She twisted their words, meaning, and intent. Violence wasn't incited. No direct threat was made. Mohammad's comments provided information and analysis.
A disclaimer accompanied his earlier first issue Al Qaeda magazine commentary. He said it "should not be deemed that (he's) displaying any advice or support, material or otherwise, for any institution deemed illegal or terroristic by the US government and its thought police."
Muhammad and Chesser responded responsibly to South Park's blasphemy. Menges claimed otherwise. She went further.
She called a legitimate Islamic site "radical." She said by "issuing (their) statement, they certainly knew that violence was likely to be incited by it anyway."
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