There were a few different Draw Muhammad Day groups on Facebook.
Facebook cowardly banned those groups after they learned of them, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Pakistani officials.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.
According to the paper, Section 295-C of the penal code reads: “Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine.”
So, peace be unto Muhammad. But not unto Mark Zuckerberg.
It’s not just Zuckerberg, either.
According to two reports — one at Boxcrack.net, a kind of citizen journalism site run by Privacy International, and another at Pro Pakistani, a Pakistani Telecom and IT news site that lifted the news from BBC Urdu — the Deputy Attorney General has indeed lodged an FIR [First Information Report] against Zuckerberg, fellow co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, and “Andy”, the German woman who initiated the Draw Muhammad contest under a pseudonym.
This is why people need to keep drawing Muhammad. This is not a belief system that deserves our respect. Islam — certainly radical Islam like this — deserves our criticism.
Where are the moderate Muslims on this story? Where’s the condemnation of the people who want to kill people? — People who didn’t even draw Muhammad, for what it’s worth. (Not that violence would be the answer if they did.) People like Eboo Patel were quick to condemn anyone who drew Muhammad. No doubt they don’t want to see this come to a violent end, but at what point will religious radicals realize that their beliefs are subject to criticism and satire?
(Thanks to everyone for the link!)