Draw Mohammed Day, From A Girl Who Doesn't Draw
What to do, what to do...some mediocre sketch of Mohammed, not up to my conceptual standards?
That wasn't going to work.
I put my favorite subject to work instead, to show my opposition to religious thuggery and my support for free speech and other Western values:
Nick Gillespie, in reason, explains their Draw Mohammed contest:
It's worth meditating on the whys and wherefores of the contest, which was inspired by a jihadist death threat against the creators of South Park and was originally suggested by Seattle artist Molly Norris.
...There comes a point in any society's existence where it must ultimately, to paraphrase Martin Luther (who himself was more than happy to see opponents put to death), dig in its heels and say here we stand, we will do no other. We don't need to be perfectly consistent philosophically or historically or theologically to assert what is special and unique not just about the United States, with its bizarre and wonderful articulation of the First Amendment, but the greater classical liberal project comprising not just the "West" (whatever that is) but human beings in whatever town, country, or planet they inhabit. And at the heart of the liberal project is ultimately a recognition that individuals, for no other reason than that they exist, have rights to continue to exist. Embedded in all that is the right to expression. No one has a right to an audience or even to a sympathetic hearing, much less an engaged audience. But no one should be beaten or killed or imprisoned simply for speaking their mind or praying to one god as opposed to the other or none at all or getting on with the small business of living their life in peaceful fashion. If we cannot or will not defend that principle with a full throat, then we deserve to choke on whatever jihadists of all stripes can force down our throats.
...Our Draw Mohammed contest is not a frivolous exercise of hip, ironic, hoolarious sacrilege toward a minority religion in the United States (though even that deserves all the protection that the most serioso political commentary commands). It's a defense of what is at the core of a society that is painfully incompetent at delivering on its promise of freedom, tolerance, and equal rights. It's a rebuttal to the notion that we should go limp in the clinches precisely because bullies and bastards can punch or blow us up.
Oh, and remember when Iran, in response to the Jyllands-Posten cartoon Islamic cartoon controversy, ran a Holocaust Cartoon Contest. In response, Jews all over the world...went about their day -- yes, most amazingly, instead of blowing up Muslims' places of business or trying to behead the cartoonists.
Luckily, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was saved from the ax-wielding Muslim guy who broke into his home by huddling in a panic room.
UPDATE: Twitter is having none of that freedom of speech stuff, it seems. I tried to do a second tweet of my 'round midnight tweet about this post and I kept getting error messages:
"Something is technically wrong. Please try again in a moment."
Got that repeatedly. And another message, saying I didn't have permission to post.
But it seems my account isn't suspended. It seems they're blocking "Mohammed" and probably "draw." I used both in my tweet:
Draw Mohammed Day 5/20? Hmm, I don't draw. I am, however, one of those wacky broads who dresses up her dog: http://bit.ly/bVfY1Y
JihadWatch's Draw Mohammed cartoon gallery here.
UPDATE #2: reason's is finally up here.