February 24th, 2011
04:59 PM ET

Man who threatened 'South Park' creators gets 25 years in prison

A 21-year-old man who admitted posting online threats against the creators of the animated TV series "South Park" was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.

Zachary Adam Chesser encouraged violent jihadists to attack "South Park" writers for an episode that depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a bear suit, court documents said.

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  1. xe dap dien

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    July 4, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  2. Serrafina

    Unbelievable! Two sentences makes up an article? Journalism has really crashed.

    February 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  3. Ted

    The characters in South Park are as real as those out of the Bible and Quran. All created from the imagination of man.

    February 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  4. Ryan

    Justina, I think you have made some great points. I am not a big fan of Islam, but at the same time do not agree with mocking others religious beliefs or figures. The creators of South Park are vile individuals, but their larger aim is to whip up conflict between religions, religious/non-religious people and civilizations.

    Another point to make is the opposite situation holds true. I do not watch TV and actively mock TV and shows like South Park. The TV people react with intense anger and hatred – in essence I have just insulted their god. Deep down they know they are wallowing in the mud, and do not like it being pointed out.

    25 years is way too harsh and makes one wonder if the South Park creators aren't park of some 'network' that is accorded enhanced protection by our government.

    February 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • honestanon

      @ Ryan

      A quarter-century sentence in our penal system translates to about 10-15 years real time. This is what's called "sending a message" to those individuals (and/or groups) who are inclined to make and follow-through on terrorist threats. As time goes on, societies will become even less tolerant of this horsecrap. If it's still going on ten years from now you won't have the opportunity to wallow and moan about 'harsh' sentences, as the rule will have devolved to 'shoot on sight.'

      February 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Simplifying the saving of 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:

      There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam.

      Simplifying the saving of 2 billion lost Christian souls:

      The was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity.

      Simplifying the saving of 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:

      Abraham and Moses never existed.

      Added details upon request.

      February 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Justina

      Ryan, the issue is bigger. I think secular Westerners are aiming to make Muslims quiet, boneless and immoral just as they made many pseudo-christians that way in their land, hoping to establish a world-wide hedonistic utopia where any immorality is promoted. Everyone aims conquering the world, remember? They think religious people are easy to tame once dozed by pleasures they offer. Rule of secularism will be more tyrannical and grotesque than anything else.

      February 27, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • Justina

      And Ryan, mocking is their very nature. The Bible tells everything about it. Christians are not surprised at all with this trend. God-haters can't sleep well without mocking God and His people. It's just too tragic for them they are doing this mocking business on a dying planet.

      February 27, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • Justina

      Ryan, other reasons people like South Park are doing mockery of religion is. They may be trying to anger religious people and when we get upset they could say we are no different from them or worse than they, consoling themselves doing the garbage stuff not that evil. Or they have become numb bashing any and everything noble because they lost the concept by living in such an ungodly environment. Self is the only thing supreme and something to be sanctioned to them. The Bible cannot be refuted, so they don't even care what's true and false; they just do not want to submit to God. They hate monotheism because its followers warn sternly against secularists' immorality. Or because touching on religion causes sensations and make money. They are used to deal with the always-kind Christians who never attack back no matter how they mock Christianity. They are not doing much against Islam like they do on Christianity as they are scared of Muslims. They love Eastern religions because that spirituality doesn't hold them responsible for any filthy thing they do.

      February 27, 2011 at 5:37 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Justina..as usual lots of hate towards others,, especially athiests who are trying to save you from the devil.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
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    February 26, 2011 at 5:47 am |
  6. Jeff

    It's amazing how crazy religious nuts get when you make fun of their imaginary friends.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Justina

      A fake Jeff. Don't be so evil, atheists.

      February 26, 2011 at 5:31 am |
    • tallulah13

      So Justina, it's okay to hunt down people who mock faith, it's okay to try to incite the murder of the same people, but it's evil when people don't believe in the existence of your "god"? You are the sort of zealot that gives religion a bad name.

      February 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Justina

      Tallulah, this "Jeff" pretends to be someone else. You should be upset with him, not me. Do you guys have any observation at all?

      February 27, 2011 at 4:53 am |
  7. Shahrazad

    I don't like SP's portrayals of The Prophet (pbuh) or of Jesus (pbuh), but I'll defend to my dying day their right to do so. This is America & I'm a proud Muslim. The talent & creativity Matt & Trey have is a gift from Allah(swt) & they are answerable to Her, only.

    February 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Justina

      A fake Muslim.

      February 27, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  8. dave meccariello

    25 years for a threat???? not an action??? tooo harsh. im sorry. i have no love for the islamic radicals. but 25 years for "ima get you" talk without an express action??? sorry. i dont think thats fair unless he had a clear cut plan to do harm that was in motion

    February 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Jeff

      I haven't actually read the full story, but as was stated earlier in this thread, th 25 years wasn't actually for making the threats. In fact, the threats was the least egregious (sp) of the crimes that he was charged with, but the most newsworthy of the three?

      @Justina Thanks for having my back there and having the ability to recognize that there are sometimes fakers out there trying to give others (even if he may bear the same name) a bad name I appreciate your ability to see through his thin disguise 😉

      February 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
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