I support Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!

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!

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Tags: Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!, dogma, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, religion, rights, taboos, terror, tyranny, wonder

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Comment by Dooby Snax on May 29, 2010 at 7:46pm
I know I should have added music
Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2010 at 6:09pm
Thing is, this REALLY started with The Satanic Verses and the fatwa against Salman Rushdie ... what is that, almost 30 years ago? That's the first memory I have of islam being intolerant to an opposing opinion, and check me on this, but their intolerance has only gotten worse since. I wonder if the reason is that they haven't been sufficiently called on their intolerance yet!

Thing is, if Draw Muhammad Day doesn't get 'er done, I don't know what will!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 20, 2010 at 6:02pm
There wouldn't be an Everybody Draw Mohammed day if it hadn't been for Muslims kicking and screaming and death-threatting in the first place. Are they even aware of that?

Judiasm doesn't believe in depicting "idols" or even saying the words God or Jehovah. Most branches of Christianity don't have that rule. But Jews don't seem to give a flying rat's ass about it. Basically they continue to not draw or say their god's name, without making death threats! Imagine!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 20, 2010 at 5:52pm

Comment by Howard S. Dunn on May 20, 2010 at 4:51pm
I know. Many people I truly respect have begun to show me on FB the scars of a miserable childhood or something with their non-confrontational 'respect people's belief's' wimpy BS. The First Amendment is the most sacred scripture ever written down. If you don't believe in drawing your prophet - fine - don't draw him. And, frankly, I would have no interest in drawing him either except for the BS kowtowing in Europe, etc. to the 'stop violating our religious laws' crap! And the cowardly threats and violence associated.

You threaten MY sacred cow - FREE SPEECH - accompanied with death threats and attacks on old men in their homes and I will piss on your holy book in the middle of frikkin' Times Square!
Comment by Ari MacIsaac on May 19, 2010 at 4:07pm
This is a brilliant idea, Wonderist. I've been at the hands of censorship before, and I for one find it despicable. It goes against every concept and value my forefathers fought so hard to attain. If there were a high holidays of atheism, this would surely be one! ^^

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