Blasphemy is a victimless crime. In fact, blasphemy is a worthwhile pursuit in support of human rights and freedoms.
The religious taboo against depicting the religious person Mohammed does not, and cannot, have any rational or ethical justification. The only way to 'justify' such a taboo is through ostracism, intimidation, coercion, force, and ultimately violence. None of these 'justifications' are valid. They are all founded on the principle of terror.
I reject terror, in favour of wonder. Wonder implies imagination and creativity, freedom to express ourselves, even if other people don't like our expressions. As long as a person stays within reasonable ethical boundaries, no amount of personal expression should be oppressed by unreasonable dogmatic taboos.
And the oppression is real. Hundreds of people have been killed in the name of this particular taboo. Human rights to free speech and expression are being smothered
as I type this. This is no hypothetical situation. It is real.
And taking a passive or 'tolerant' position on this issue is disingenuous from my perspective. Being passive is simply apathy. Being 'tolerant' of such religious intolerance is simply complacency. To wonder is to desire for something better than the status quo. Religious tyranny must end.
And the best way to support freedom of speech and expression is to speak and express oneself, publicly, frequently, and unapologetically.
And so, I support Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!
Although I've lost what little talent I had for drawing, I will draw Mohammed as I see fit, on May 20th, 2010. If that offends you, too bad for you. There is no such thing as a human right to not
be offended, and anyone who thinks about it seriously for two seconds should be able to see why such a 'right' would be absurd on the face of it. In fact, if anyone proposes that such a right exists, I will be personally, deeply, terribly, incredibly offended!