Hey hey! It is May 20, brothers and sisters. We made it. And you know what that means. So, ready . . .
Set . . .
And . . .
Everybody draw Mohammed! Go! Go! Go!
Below are my humble efforts. First, keeping in mind that this is a day to push back against intolerance and intimidation, to celebrate free expression, and not to fan the flames of religious bigotry, I drew this portrait of Mohammed, the worst that can be said of which is that I have Mo looking a little cross-eyed:
Then, keeping in mind what a gleeful prick I am, I put this together, to which some Muslims whose particular strain of Islam forbids them a sense of humor might take offense:
That does it for me, but Kim, who often haunts my very own comments section, keeping me on my toes, emailed me this one:
To see lots more, check out the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day Facebook group, right here. And I encourage you, if you have not already, to participate today. There are those in this world who would impose their rules on the rest of us through threats, intimidation, and violence. We cannot answer those people by simply rolling over and giving them what they want. The only legitimate answer to threats like those that followed the publication of Mohammed cartoons in Jyllands-Posten or the depiction of Mohammed on South Park is resistance, to turn to those making the threats and tell them to stick it up their ass.
Take a few minutes today to share in this symbolic show of solidarity against religious fundamentalist intimidation. Draw a picture of Mohammed, and share it publicly. Post it to your Facebook page, or on your Twitter feed, or on your MySpace profile if any of you still have such a thing. Or post it right here, in the comments section of this article.