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The only thing interesting about the recurring stories of Muslim extremists who take offense at portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad is tracking the cowardice of the Western media covering the action. Aside from that, the plot is always pretty much the same: a Westerner portrays Muhammad; some Muslims threaten his life.

So here is how the New York Times ArtsBeat blog and other outlets have been describing the latest flair-up involving the animated Comedy Central series South Park:

An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and image blocks reading “CENSORED” after a Muslim group warned the show’s creators that they could face violence for depicting that holy Islamic prophet.

What’s a “Muslim Group”? Call me old-fashioned, but I thought bodies that reportedly threatened violence and murder because of the portrayal of religious figures were called alleged terrorists.

I just hope someone tracks this angry bunch down before they’re able to pull off a deadly act of groupism.