A Muslim man was convicted for posting threats online aimed at the creators of South Park and sentenced to 12 years in prison. And he actually seems to have recognized that he did something wrong:
A Muslim convert from Brooklyn was sentenced Friday to nearly 12 years in prison for posting online threats against the creators of the “South Park” television show and others he deemed enemies of Islam.
The sentence — largely in line with the term sought by prosecutors — came after Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, offered an apology for his conduct, saying he “contributed to a clash of civilizations” by espousing a violent ideology.
“I justified atrocities by Muslims simply because they were carried out by the weak against the powerful,” Morton said.
Morton founded the now-defunct Revolution Muslim website. He said he wanted the site to offer a forum for nuanced dialogue on relations between the Muslim world and the West and that he thought his website was protected by the First Amendment. However, he admitted that the website devolved into coarse calls for violent jihad, and that he crossed the line by posting the al-Qaida magazine Inspire on the site. The magazine explicitly called for the murder of a cartoonist from Seattle who promoted “Everybody Draw Muhammad day” and featured an article titled “How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”
A co-defendant was sentenced to 25 years, but he had additional charges for trying to join a terrorist group overseas.