This news report, while rather disturbing, does raise some questions. Like, why would a Muslim militant type be watching Letterman in the first place? Or is it a prank from a militant comedian who is envious of Dave's biting funnies?
Militants, from just about any faith, don't exactly have a good sense of humor. Or, at least, not what most people would consider a sense of humor. "Oh, look... Abdul just lost a leg in that bomb attack... ha ha..." isn't exactly what Walski would consider funny.
Granted, Dave does have a history of bad taste and going overboard from time to time. And the problem with folks so steeped in their cause - religion included - is that they have no capacity to laugh things off when humor crosses the line and becomes offensive to them.
Wait... doesn't that just about cover everybody in today's ultra-PC world?
Heck, it sure is hard to be a stand-up guy (or gal) these days...
Militant makes death threat against David Letterman
A Muslim militant has urged American followers to assassinate US talk show host David Letterman, saying his tongue deserved to be cut out, a US intelligence monitoring group said yesterday.
The SITE intelligence group said the death threat was posted on an online website used by militants after the writer became upset by a joke Letterman made about the death of a leading member of al Qaeda killed in an air strike in Pakistan.
The militant called on Muslims in the United States to “cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever,” the threat against Letterman said, according to a translation by SITE. The popular late-night television host is not Jewish.
The FBI said it was taking the threat seriously.
The writer was angered by watching Letterman on his show drawing his finger across his neck while talking about the June death of senior al Qaeda figure Ilyas Kashmiri.
The message was posted on the website Shumukh al-Islam. SITE analyst Adam Raisman told Entertainment Weekly the website was “a clearing house for al Qaeda material” and drew supporters of the group headed by the late Osama bin Laden.
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Executives at broadcaster CBS and a spokesman for Letterman declined yesterday to comment on the threat.