May 20th – Everybody Draw Mohammad Day
Until last night, where I swear I saw an interview with her on KOMO 4 News, I had no idea the person behind the “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” movement was a Seattle artist. Shows how much I pay attention. Of course, I’ve scoured the KOMO 4 site for the interview, but it doesn’t appear to exist, so maybe I’m dreaming it. Or maybe it was too controversial to put online?
At any rate, Molly Norris backed off of the movement, originally intended as a protest against Comedy Central’s censorship of the South Park episode that depicted the prophet in a bear suit. Except, of course, it didn’t. The prophet was never in the bear suit. The second part of the two-part episode revealed it was Santa Claus in the suit all the time. Mohammad was never depicted in any way. That didn’t stop Comedy Central from censoring the episode after a radical Islamic website, RevolutionMuslim.com, posted a veiled threat against the show’s creators. (I’ve searched the site and can’t find the original post, but in “fairness” to Revolution Muslim, here is their clarification.)
Miss Norris renounced the idea shortly after it went viral on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. It’s unclear what her motives were for distancing herself from the movement she started, since she was the one who promoted it in the first place, at least in part. However, it is clearly her right to do so.
Still, the movement continues. The Facebook page can be found here.
Will you participate on May 20th? Will your respect for religious beliefs prevent you, or are you prevented by fear of retribution?
Personally, I won’t be participating (I have no scanner), but I do support the concept. I understand depictions of the prophet are offensive to Muslims, but more offensive to me is the double standard imposed on Western civilization: all of our religions may be mocked, but none others. We must respect Islam, while Islam walks all over Christianity and Judaism.
The same politically correct folks who won’t mention “radical Islam” in relationship to terrorist bombings (are you listening, Mr. Holder) have no problem blaming conservative values on Christianity. As if conservative values were an evil, rather than a blessing, and terrorist murders only an inconvenience.
Are you a Muslim willing to threaten or kill anyone who dares to defy the laws of your religion and draw a depiction of your prophet? Well, you’re a sick person, but here’s some news for you: you have a lot of work to do! (And yet more work.)
I’m tired of this country’s administration kowtowing to Islam when it has no respect for Judaism or Christianity, upon which our very nation was founded. I am not afraid of radical Islamists. I think they’re small-minded cowards who aren’t mature enough to deal with criticism or reality, and so lash out like children. Children with weapons. I’m fully aware there are many peaceful Muslims who wish to live in this society and integrate with our culture, but we can no longer ignore the source of the problem: radical, violent Islam.
Everybody Draw Mohammad Day is one way to fight the oppression of violent extremism. Participate at will.