Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" Will Continue

"Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" will continue, with or without Molly Norris. Artists and non-artists can get involved at the already large and growing Everyone Draw Mohammed, which includes this choice bit of South Park dialog:

Freedom of speech is at stake here, don’t you all see? If anything, we should all make cartoons of Mohammed and show the terrorists and the extremists that we are all united in the belief that every person has a right to say what they want. Look people, it’s been really easy for us to stand up for free speech lately. For the past few decades, we haven’t had to risk anything to defend it. One of those times is right now. And if we aren’t willing to risk what we have now, then we just believe in free speech, but won’t defend it.
Other sites include Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor and Draw Mohammed.

Sure, some of the cartoons are downright offensive, but what isn't to some person, somewhere, these days? Being offended is a part of life, and I'm not about to go threaten anyone with death because I get offended by Bill Maher, or South Park, or that teenage neighbor with the "9/11 Was an Inside Job" bumper sticker on his truck. So is it really too much to demand that same "courtesy" in return?