Today is “Draw Mohammed Day” but we will not be adding our artistic non-skills to the effort. Everybody Draw Mohammed Day is a response (the Facebook page is HERE) to certain Muslims making death threats against depictions of any sort, positive or negative, of Mohammed, and the recent South Park controversy.
“Apr. 22, 2010 update: Comedy Central’s “South Park” has censored its writers again with reference to Islam, this time due to a threat on an obscure website. Joshua Rhett Miller of Fox News explains at “Comedy Central Censors ‘South Park’ Episode After Muslim Site’s Threats.”
RevolutionMuslim.com posted a warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “South Park,” which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. Comedy Central bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in Wednesday night’s episode of the animated show “South Park.” The episode was a continuation of last week’s episode which depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. … Comedy Central confirmed to FoxNews.com that it had censored the show, and that the episode was not available on its website. In addition to bleeping the words “Prophet Muhammad,” the show also covered the character with a large block labeled “Censored.”
We’ll allow loathsome MSNBC to explain via video:
We admire the fight for freedom of expression and are disgusted by attempts to dictate what drawings can or cannot be made, let alone published. We recall recently this controversy or should we say “cowardice”:
“Nov. 2, 2009 update: Movie producer Roland Emmerich destroys a bevy of landmarks in his forthcoming 2012, including the White House, parts of the Vatican, and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. But not the Ka’ba in Mecca. He admits the reason is fear (ellipses in the original):
Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit. But my co-writer Harald said I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie. And he was right. … We have to all … in the Western world … think about this. You can actually … let … Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have … a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out.
Every insult in the world against Jews and Christians (and Krishna and Buddha) is allowed and even celebrated but there is a protection racket from the Muslim side.
Christ mocked in cartoons, men with beards dressed as nuns, rabbis as sex perverts, priests as child molesters, Mary drunk – no insult against Jews and Christians is out of bounds. Indeed, many of those mocking the Christians and the Jews are Christians and Jews themselves.
The few protests (such as those from the ADL or the Catholic League) against smears and “comedy” against Jews and Christians are themselves mocked. Anyone who protests the smears and slurs against Christians and Jews is seen as a neanderthal right wing doofus who wants censorship and is not sufficiently cool or sophisticated. In a way it is the same dynamic we see every day in which anything/everything that can be in any way, justified or not justified at all, that can be denounced as “racist” is denounced – but the most blatant examples of sexism and misogyny are viewed as “cool” or hip in some sick frat boy way (yes we are talking about you Jon Favreau) and high-fived and hailed.
We won’t Draw Mohammed today because we believe the religious beliefs of people should be respected and not mocked. We won’t purposefully mock Muslims in the same way we won’t purposefully mock Jews and Christians. It’s one of the reasons why we don’t comment on child molesting priests (hey, was Mohammed a pedophile and why can’t this be discussed?) and religious controversies or orgies of attacks against religions. We do condemn the evangelical Elmer Gantry type hypocrites when they fleece their flocks but that is the extent of our religion coverage. We’ve even restrained ourselves from commenting on why there are only Jews and Catholics (no Protestants in a majority Protestant country) on the Supreme Court, once Kagan is approved.
We won’t Draw Mohammed today, but we condemn those who kill in his name. We respect the right of people to believe and have faith in whatever they want to believe and have faith in (oops, what about Charles Manson and his clan of kooks?). Perhaps we should say that we will not mock the beliefs and faith of others if they don’t hurt anyone else (this does not excuse the Cult Of Obama).