Thursday, May 20, 2010

Let's celebrate "Everybody draw Mohammad day!"

Yeah, I know - I swore not to write anything more on this blog, but this is far too important for words!

Today is "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day," an attempt to combat self-censorship in the name of tolerance, which is not so much tolerance as it is simply a cowardly cave-in to childish, but terrible terroristic tantrums of one set of fanatic followers of one religion. I believe there should be no such self-censorship OR government-imposed censorship to legitimate free speech, in the US or anywhere around the world - if an idea, yes, even a religious idea, is to be accorded respect in the world, it has to fight for attention in the same marketplace of ideas as a non-religious one. Terrorising people in the name of religion only begets terror - not respect. Respect is earned, and cannot demanded.

Heh, check out the alliteration - "terrible terroristic tantrums" :-)

Since I'm the world's most inept at drawing anything, I can't contribute a cartoon of my own to the archive, but I can certainly paste a link to THE definitive archive of Mohammad images through the centuries - including full-face depictions in Islamic art, no less:

An image of Mohammad (Medieval Art) from the above web site:

Mohammed receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. Miniature illustration on vellum from the book Jami' al-Tawarikh (literally "Compendium of Chronicles" but often referred to as The Universal History or History of the World), by Rashid al-Din, published in Tabriz, Persia, 1307 A.D. Now in the collection of the Edinburgh University Library, Scotland.