David Harsanyi

"That's where we kind of agree with some of the people who've criticized our show," Stone once admitted to ABC News, "because it really is open season on Jesus. We can do whatever we want to Jesus, and we have. We've had him say bad words. We've had him shoot a gun. We've had him kill people. We can do whatever we want. But Muhammad, we couldn't just show a simple image."

For those who bellyache about the impending Christian theocracy, it might behoove them to be a little more irritated at the thought of a television network censoring any depictions of a religious figure over some implicit threats.

There is nothing inherently wrong with self-censorship per se. If slighted groups have the ability to mobilize crowds of people and generate enough negative press and economic pressure to induce a show to rethink its content, hey, that's the way it works.

We're only talking about an animated show. But if those who bankroll satirists can be intimidated so easily, shouldn't we all be troubled about the lesson that sends religious fanatics elsewhere? And what does it say about us?

"South Park" might be offensive, but I assure you there would be few things more unpleasant than watching a cable lineup dictated by the members of Revolution Muslim.