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Today is Everybody Draw Mohammed Day! 
Thursday, May 20th, 2010 | 10:30 am [commentary, everybody draw mohammed day, religion]
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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:


Eh?  Ehhhhh?

That does it for me, but Kim, who often haunts my very own comments section, keeping me on my toes, emailed me this one:


Thanks, Kim!

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.

Go for it.  And have yourself a terrific day.
Comments 
Thursday, May 20th, 2010 | 02:44 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
NO, THANK YOU!

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!

-Kim
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 | 11:46 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
just curious, any death threats yet?

another couple questions, did you get the feeling nobody wants to come within 100 ft of this subject? because, I did.

If so, why do you think that is? Do you think its fear, or out of a wanting to be respectful of others kind of thing?

-kim
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 | 04:15 pm (UTC)
Nah, no death threats. No reaction of any kind apart from you and other friends. Which I suppose is a good thing. I was hoping the day in general would get more attention, though. How are you supposed to make a point if no one is willing to listen?

I do get the feeling people are squeamish about this subject. I think it's for the same reason Comedy Central decided to censor South Park after receiving a threat from one group of assholes — fear, mixed with a misguided sense of political correctness.

I have said many times that it is important to be respectful of another person's right to their own beliefs. It's fundamental to a free society. But that doesn't mean the beliefs themselves must be respected. And in the case of something like this "nobody must depict Mohammed" line that certain radical Muslims are pushing, it absolutely must not be respected. It must be rejected and pushed against as hard as possible.

I was disappointed in how Reason handled their Everybody Draw Mohammed Day post. Notice how it suddenly became a "contest" at some point? And how the posting didn't come until late in the day, buried among a bunch of other recent articles, with the winning image held off until the very bottom of a long-winded article? And then the winning image itself is just a connect-the-dots?

I get the point they were trying to make, that the winning image required you to help draw it, making you complicit in the supposedly forbidden act. But come on. The end of the article said that "in a free society, every day is Draw Mohammed Day." Really? Then were are the other, non-winning submissions? Not even a first-runner-up was posted to the Reason site. Just the winner, which was buried.

Very disappointing to see one of the early champions of the event turn chickenshit and go for bare minimum, instead of going all-out.
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