Why Everybody draw Mohammed Day is important

In solidarity against death threats made to artists who have drawn an image of an Arab man and called it Mohammed, a group on Facebook was created called “Everybody
Draw Mohammed Day
”. What started as a little idea, has grown into a
huge event, with coverage on major networks such as CNN and MSNBC.

At first, I was against the idea for a couple of reasons… because Muslims believe it offensive, it makes it offensive, and I don’t see
that being offensive solves anything, and I truly do not wish to offend
my Muslim friends or the many good Muslims - who outnumber the crazies
by far. But the insanity of not only death threats but actual murders of
artists, filmmakers and writers changes that…

So in solidarity with all artists everywhere, and in a call for reason and to
stop the insanity, I am posting some of the many thousands of images
which are being uploaded today. These are some of my favorites.

To view nearly 9000 more visit the Facebook page linked above.

All images copyright the original artist, viewable on Facebook


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Comment by Rusty Gunn. on May 21, 2010 at 9:39pm
Carol E. Roper wrote: "I truly do not wish to offend my Muslim friends or the many good Muslims - who outnumber the crazies
by far."

How many of those "good Muslims" were dancing in the street right after 9/11?
Comment by Carol Everhart Roper on May 21, 2010 at 7:58am
Interesting factoid - Facebook removed my post and subsequent comments about Draw Mohammed Day, as well as the groups there which were uploading images. People are screaming, but when we joined facebook, we did agree that they had the right to delete anything they deemed inappropriate. Cowardly or not.

Given some of the images I saw, I'm almost glad they did remove it. Sigh. I tried to make mine a positive statement, as did a small percentage of others... most of the images were so offensive they obscured the point - which is that freedom of speech is paramount. Sigh.
Comment by Carol Everhart Roper on May 20, 2010 at 8:26pm
What really gets me is you can draw anything and call it Mohammed and you're in deep doo doo. I really was against it until today ... when I gave it another 'think' and decided I had to support the point... I hate that Pakistan has blocked their people from facebook and youtube. Very sad.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2010 at 7:35pm
Thing is, the second people decide that outrage and violence are acceptable responses for blasphemy, freedom of speech is instantly on the table. From a legal standpoint, it's VERY screwy, though ... can you libel or slander something that is either dead or doesn't exist?
Comment by IAmTheBlog on May 20, 2010 at 6:44pm
(Although I go back and forth about the day, I do love the "Ceci n'est pas Mohammed" image, by the way. Very clever, since it says right on there that it's not Muhammad!)
Comment by IAmTheBlog on May 20, 2010 at 6:36pm
I still have mixed feelings about the day. I very much support free speech and strongly condemn violence against artists, but think this day might be misconstrued by some Muslims (especially given the nature of some of the comics, like you mentioned Carol).

Here's an image from Dwindling in Unbelief (a blog from Steve Wells of Skeptic's Annotated Bible fame) which is a picture of a dog named Muhammad.

This was posted a few years ago when a teacher was jailed for allowing their kids to name a teddy bear Muhammad. (No, I'm not making this up.) So it's not a picture of the prophet Muhammad, but is still making an important commentary about free speech vs. religion in my opinion.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 20, 2010 at 5:58pm
There are also a bunch of Muslim pictures in there, like "fuck Jesus", and "homo pops (popes) suck anti-Islam cartoonist dick"...they really failed at being offensive.
Comment by Carol Everhart Roper on May 20, 2010 at 5:23pm
Isn't it GREAT?? I tried with my own to make a point (the top one with the tears) and tried to choose others that weren't real offensive. There are some with photos of penises, and others with extremely vulgar images... which I don't like, personally, but defend their right to draw them!
Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2010 at 5:17pm
The Norman Rockwell send-up is PRECIOUS!
Comment by Secular Sue on May 20, 2010 at 5:03pm



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