Thursday Sermon: 20th of May, 2oth of May, drawing Mohammed starts today

In honor of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day ( and with apologies to Jonathan Coulton), here’s my contribution along with a really bad lyric (follow the Coulton link for its inspiration):

It’s the 20th of May, 20th of May, draw Mohammed some old way
Bring your favorite crayon, or at least your favorite Cray
The image offends, but it’s speech that’s protected,
Maybe one day this censorship will be rejected
Let them whine to the sky above,
Celebrate the day in a crazy little way called … Drawing Mohammed

UPDATE: It’s not supposed to be a contest, but nevertheless, here’s the winner!

(pic — other than the caption — via the idiot Facebook page devoted to killing all the other Facebook pages promoting Everybody Draw Mohammed Day)

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brian E on May 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Go for you – my Facebook profile is a an extremely poorly drawn bearded man using MSPaint, but it gets the point across.


  2. Posted by Stepan on May 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    To be honest, I find the whole EDMD meme a bit sad and frankly not a good example of Atheist Etiquette. Just because some nuts threatened South Park and Comedy Central wimped out, everyone now feels like it’s OK to be offensive to Muslims. In my mind, that’s breaking your cardinal rule #1 about not being a dick.

    I wager a large percentage of EDMD participant are Jesus thumping patriots enjoying the opportunity to unleash their bigotry in an acceptable manner.

    I’m all for being allowed to draw Mohamed without fear of repercussion, but doing it just to offend I find offensive. The cartoonist poster about a fictional EDMD was excellent satire. People actually doing it is not.


  3. Posted by brachinus on May 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I see your point, Stepan, and I agree that it’s certainly offensive. The problem is, censorship is offensive too, and so is attacking someone and burning his house down.

    And if people just “happen” to pick this issue as the time to become sensitive to other people’s feelings, and back down in the face of such threats, then in a Skinnerian, operant-conditioning sort of way, we’re rewarding people for engaging in behavior that just shouldn’t be encouraged.

    Right now, the best way to deal with such actions is to demonstrate, clearly and unmistakably, that they will be counter-productive. Threaten those who draw Mohammed, and you’ll end up with a lot more drawings of Mohammed.

    And while you may well be right about the Jesus-thumping patriots, that’ll make their hypocrisy even more glaring when they turn around and object to something like “Piss Christ” or whatever.


  4. Posted by Stepan on May 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I do see the point about not backing down, but I still don’t see EDMD as a good response. There has got to be a better and more targeted way of responding.

    Heck, everyone posting a picture of the South Park Mohamed, would make the point much better and much more specific, IMO. For one, it would make it much hard to make the claim that “America hates all Islam” and more directly show that “America doesn’t back down from Muslims who want to intimidate it”.


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