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Paul Crowley

You've inspired me - here's mine:

http://hacks.ciphergoth.org/mohammed.png

Thanks!

Michael

Well since we're flooding the comments with our own versions :)

http://anadder.com/everybody-draw-mohammed-day

jemand

:) <- Muhammad.

Tommy

Angry Mohammed: (((:~{>
Happy Mohammed: (((;~)>

TB

I disagree with your last sentence, simply because terrorists, by their very psychology alone, don't need a drawing as an excuse. They will use any excuse.
I don't approve of fundamentalist Islam, particularly the way it marginalizes women and every single technology that is beneficial to society, but I don't think drawing Mohammed is going to alter the horrifying situations facing women, let's say, in Afghanistan, they're just going to make a bunch of fundamentalists angry.
I currently live in a country that does, like many countries, have a Muslim population. Not all of them are extremist. Sure, the extremists, that are offended with everything, of course don't want to relocate, they like the social security benefits, but still feel they have to comment on our morals and so on, but they're the minority, and a picture isn't going to change their attitude when governments -due to political correctness- cower.

jemand

I don't think that anyone argued that drawing muhammad was going to alter the fate of women in Afghanistan.

Andrew

Here's mine.
To the above commenter, I ask, if we can't influence whether or not WE are permitted to make a drawing without fear of violence, can you really presume we could influence whether or not THEY will change their attitudes and behaviors toward women?
The problem of anachronistic belief systems and the values they perpetuate cannot be teased into distinct, neatly circumscribed issues. Not in my opinion.

Greta Christina

TB: I think you may be missing the point. The questions isn't whether our behavior is likely to change that of the Muslim extremists. The question is whether we're going to let their behavior change ours.

I agree that the Muslim extremists are likely to keep doing whatever they're going to do, regardless of what we do. (Although our behavior and the world we create may affect their children, and how they see the world and decide to act in it.) But if we let ourselves be cowed into not commenting or critiquing or questioning them exactly as we would with any other group, simply because we're afraid of their threats, then they will have won. They will have successfully prevented comments and critiques and questions about their religion. And that is not acceptable.

Martin Swinkels

THIS is NOT the prophet Mohammed.

I repeat: this is NOT Mohammed.


Kagehi

The unfortunate flaw in, "spread the risk to more targets than they can hit", is that it only works if large numbers of people in their own countries start doing it. Otherwise, they just hate the ones they hate more, and have every intention, if they ever gain the means, to hit ***all at once***, like with a nuke.

While I agree with the cause, sometimes one needs to look at the reality of what one is dealing with, and recognize that the limits *we* have on our behavior, or actions, are not the same as the enemy, and that we may be drastically underestimating what they can, and will, do, given the chance.

That said, there is also no other obvious avenue to appose this particular idiocy, at this point, so the risks may be completely necessary.

phaedronrising.blogspot.com

http://www.southbank.net/blogs/subjects/westminster_art/picasso.avignon.jpg

"Muhammad in Repose"

hambydammit

I am somewhat worried about this "event," but it's been difficult for me to articulate why. I agree with everything you've written. This is something that needs to be done.

However, I think there's also a significant chance of retribution somewhere. Someone may very well die over this, and it might be a cute blonde co-ed from Main Street College, U.S.A. If it is, how will the media react? Will they condemn the Muslims or the nasty atheists who insisted on poking the Islamic Bear? (We already know that the media prefers to defer.) Will there be litigation against facebook if someone gets hurt?

This is a potentially explosive situation, and I fear for the backlash if it ends badly for even one armchair cartoonist.

Christianne Benedict

This is mine.

I hadn't planned to participate, but you convinced me.

ER

Here's mine, Japanese smiley style...

\(*.*)/

John-wignall

My contribution:
http://yaksman.livejournal.com/166348.html

Dylan Stafne

I like your idea Andrew!

Mine's in here.

Lottie Knight
the chaplain

Well...I cheated. I can't draw worth a damn so I altered a Peanuts picture and added a snotty, offensive caption.

I don't usually set out deliberately to offend religious people, but I don't particularly care if I do happen to offend them. After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

They don't mind offending me when they say I deserve to suffer in hell forever just because I don't share their fantasies. They don't mind offending me when they say that I should be killed for drawing a picture. They don't mind offending me when they want to distort school curricula to conform to their ridiculous myths. They don't mind offending me when they want free speech rights to apply to them but not to me simply because they don't like what I say.

Given all that, I'm not going to apologize for the fact that I don't give a damn whether anyone is offended by our drawings. We've got a Constitutional right to speak, and draw, our minds; the best way to preserve that right is to exercise it.

Skepsos

I don't like offending either, but sometimes you just do things and at the same time cannot help offend someone...

Oh the smileys are great, so mine is not so great, but still: This is my submission for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day http://twitpic.com/1ph8sq
And I almost stopped blogging because the world just remains theist, but Greta Christina: you're always inspiring to me :)

Shareefali.wordpress.com

Greta,

I understand the importance of this as both a gesture and a tactic in combating intimidation. However, I don't quite accept that this is analogous to violating rules in other religions one is not a member of (by eating beef, marrying outside of one's faith, etc.) Because unlike those examples, this isn't a case of just living your life in what you see as a morally acceptable way and having to contend with zealots; there is really no reason whatsoever to depict Mohammed other than to offend. Frankly, if there weren't this widespread tactical action being taken right now, it's hard to see what reason one would ever have to draw Mohammed other than to be a jerk.

That said, I don't necessarily disapprove. I agree unequivocally that no one should have to live in fear of violence or even the threat of it because of their expression.

Libby

00:>)>>>>>>

My stick figure has a beard. Yay!

Sharmin

Greta,

Thanks for posting this. I'm fairly new to blogging and still have to figure out how to include images, so I settled for writing a post in support and linking to posts (including yours) which I like.

You and the Friendly Atheist inspired me to participate.

http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/on-everybody-draw-mohammad-day/

Michael

Accusations that this is all just hate speech are baseless. Let's not forget that over a hundred people died in 2005 because someone depicted Mohammed in a satirical cartoon. And Western media did in fact choose to censor itself and trade in on our most fundamental values out of fear of violence retaliation. And now millions of citizens of Pakistan are having their freedoms trampled on to accommodate the violent fanatics as well. This is squarely an issue of defending free speech against those who threaten violence and murder against those who don't play by their rules. And many are indeed willing to make good on those threats. Demanding respect with a sword brings not unity but tyranny.

As Frederick Douglass once said:

"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

I explore this issue in greater detail in an article here:

www.examiner.com/x-9090-NY-Atheism--Skepticism-Examiner~y2010m5d20-Pakistan-cowers-in-fear-of-Facebook

Joy

Some pictures at my school, UNC-CH, featuring Muhammed and his 6-year-old bride, Aisha, who, it is said, was deflowered by the prophet at age 9.
Simple, but to-the-point.
Whoever drew these was not willing to allow freedom of expression to be sacrificed at the altar of religious extremism.
After all, it's a free country, right?
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=21217&id=100000043658476&l=3f45232e19

1minion

I'll post the link to mine as well:

http://1minionsopinion.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/may-20th-is-everybody-draw-mohammad-day/

Ms. Anthropy

May I print that out on a t-shirt? I've been wanting a Mohammad shirt, and the only one I've found has Carrot Top on it- ew! I like your picture much more, hand and all. :)

Greta Christina

Ms. Anthropy: Yes, you have my permission to print this image on a T-shirt. If you sell any, I want a cut; if you're just making one for you (or a few for you and your friends), go for it. And thanks for asking!

Maxx

Good evening;

Ms. Christina - you know where I stand.

You go on and draw Mohammed any way you chose. This is America and I've seen Jesus portrayed in very very humiliating ways in pornographic literature.

You don't see us threatening your life for it - we don't like it, but - again, this is America.

I spent 20 years defending your right to think as you wish. I may not agree with your choices, but I swore to defend your right to make that choice.

Draw on...

Just thinking...

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