Thursday, May 20, 2010

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day 

Today is "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," a satirical protest against the censorship that derives from the fear of physical violence from Muslims who take umbrage at, well, speech. My thoughts on the subject are long-standing and well-known. Blogger Zombie makes a cogent case for this day of protest with which I heartily agree. We owe it to Galileo to do this.

Not being an artist, the best I can do is a Mohammed emoticon: (((:~{>

More along the same lines here (heh).


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu May 20, 10:32:00 AM:

I'm with Dyer on this one. Provocation is not the highest form of free speech. Besides you've always been free to draw an image of Mohammed, provided you are willing to take a risk.

I find this whole exercise a juvenile diversion. Let's see, the Euro currency is literally collapsing and will likely take the EMU, and perhaps the EU, down with it. The US stock market is tanking again and jobless claims are way, way up. There is a serious risk of open war on the Korean peninsula. The Gulf of Mexico is filling up with a toxic stew of oil. And in the midst of all this someone decides that it's time to draw an image of Mohammed. WTF??

Our wounds are self-inflicted. Muslims have had nothing to do with any of this, and drawing pictures of Mohammed will do nothing to address these issues. Conservatives need to get their eyes back on the ball.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu May 20, 10:42:00 AM:

Sorry, there are always "important" issues. But there are also timeless issues. We have to stop these capitulation to the Islamists before it becomes a habit we cannot break.  

By Blogger RPD, at Thu May 20, 11:28:00 AM:

The other goal being to make "Mohamed Artists" so common as to make death threat fatwas utterly pointless.  

By Anonymous Brian Schmidt, at Thu May 20, 07:01:00 PM:

I'd prefer an "Everyone Offend Every Religion and Non-Religion" Day. Transterrestrial starts on this path but doesn't go far enough.

I'm sure people will claim you can unpack the response to violence from the offense given to Muslims, but I disagree. So offend everyone, or give it up.  

By Blogger Foxfier, at Fri May 21, 02:00:00 AM:

Our wounds are self-inflicted.

Tell it to van Gogh.

(my word verification: nocant)  

By Anonymous Brian Schmidt, at Fri May 21, 11:17:00 AM:

A thoughtful reaction by a Muslim here, with a drawing of Mohammed:


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