Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Why I'm not going to draw Mohammed

Because I don't want to die.

It has become commonplace to hear about people being violently attacked and even targeted for murder for drawing (usually poorly done) cartoons of the Muslim prophet. The Jyllands-Posten cartoon "controversy", the recent South Park episode that had Matt and Trey receiving death threats... Just look at the most recent case of the cartoonist Vilks, who was attacked at a lecture on free speech and has money on his head:

An al-Qaeda front organisation then offered $US100,000 ($A110,730) to anyone who murdered Vilks - with an extra $US50,000 ($A55,365) if his throat was slit - and $US50,000 ($A55,365) for the death of Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.
I personally support Draw Mohammed Day and the various secular student groups that have been partaking so far. I think it's incredibly important that we support the freedom of speech and not give religious extremists a free pass. Religious rules apply to members of that religion, and forcing those rules on outsiders with violence and murder is not acceptable. It is as if Jews sent death threats to anyone who ate pork products.

But at the same time, I'm going to be a hypocrit and still my pen. Sorry, but I think age 22 is a little too young to die. I'm not in the business of becoming a martyr - and now that my blog has had attention from Boobquake (which already walked the line of annoying Muslims), I'm not going to line up for the firing squad. Of course, calling out Muslim extrimists for being fucking insane about these cartoons probably doesn't put me in the good.

Oh well. I'll be ambiguous and leave you with what may or may not be Mohammed. The world will never know:


(Via Pharyngula)

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