When people hear about Everybody Draw Muhammad Day, they want to know: Why do it? Why be jerks about it? Why are you all intolerant of Islam? Why be dicks when you can be friendly?
And my response really hasn’t changed from last year.
We do it because we have a right to free speech, and there are people out there who want to make sure a drawing of Muhammad never sees the light of day.
We do because religious figures don’t automatically deserve special respect and they’re not immune from criticism. Too often, we treat religion and religious beliefs with baby gloves. Drawing Muhammad is one way to show — non-violently — that Islam ought to be susceptible to criticism just like every other belief system.
We do it because Muhammad was drawn for centuries before it somehow became “offensive” to some. There was nothing wrong with it then and there’s nothing wrong with it now.
We do it because people are now getting censored — sometimes ridiculously so — out of fear of what the extremists will do. The radicals should not have this kind of control over the right to express ourselves freely.
We do it in support of Molly Norris, who had to change her whole identity after merely suggesting that we draw Muhammad.
We do it because we don’t hear enough moderate Muslims speaking up in our defense. If they truly believe the image of Islam has been hijacked by the extremists of the faith, then the least they could do is support the right of other people to criticize their faith (even if they disagree with their criticism) and draw their prophet (even if they wouldn’t do it themselves).
Is drawing Muhammad offensive to a lot of people? No doubt it is. There are other religious figures we could have picked on. Certainly, people are free to draw atheists as they wish. But we draw Muhammad today because there’s been a unique, awful backlash against it. If the majority of Muslims calmly and rationally objected to it, while urging the extremists to put away their weapons, maybe this day wouldn’t be necessary.
We’re not doing this to piss off Muslims. We’re doing it to make a statement.
As it stands, while the extremists have killed in reaction to the drawings, the moderates have been relatively silent. They blame the artists for provoking the extremists, instead of blaming the murderers alone. Until that changes, I don’t see a reason for people to stop drawing Muhammad.
Last year, 38 of you sent me your own drawings.
This year, I received close to 100.
The drawings are witty, artistic, crude, offensive (at times), and make you think. Take a look at them. Smile. Laugh. Be shocked. Be angry (that’s ok, too). But don’t respond with violence or aggressive rhetoric. And if you feel compelled to join in, draw Muhammad for your blog or Facebook profile.
All the images are after the jump. Most of them can be enlarged by clicking on them.
The thought-provoking Muhammads:
Brian made one of the cleverest Muhammads I’ve ever seen — It’s an image and word art at the same time!
Another Brian did a similar “text dump.” So cool!
Barry sent in some very sneaky pictures… apparently, Muhammad loves to play hide-and-seek!
DataPacRat poses a logical conundrum…
… and Nick follows it up with another one:
G. drew a lovely little cartoon with a transforming Muhammad — very powerful! (Click to enlarge)
Ellysa asks a difficult question… and on a Friday, no less! How dare she…
Rhys wants to know where the line is drawn. I’d like to know, too:
If you read Matt‘s drawing from right to left, it has a very happy ending!
Claudia made a Muhammad that René Magritte would be proud of:
ARS created a rebus puzzle to make a point:
The Political Muhammads:
Todd created a Gitmo-Hammad:
Dustin Williams‘ Muhammad tells Osama bin Laden something he doesn’t want to hear:
David also links Muhammad with bin Laden:
M.H. finds the whole “porn in Osama bin Laden’s compound” thing wildly hypocritical, so he melded that into his image:
Kristena‘s Muhammad is very patriotic!
I can’t look at Michael‘s drawing… and yet I can’t look away! I think he’s making a statement of some sort…
The Funny Muhammads:
JawsForJesus runs the fantastic website Plus a Drawing of Muhammad where he inserts the image of Muhammad into various cartoons. You’ve never seen Ziggy like this before:
Russell‘s cartoon shows that even Muhammad was getting sick of the “No Drawing Daddy” rule:
Santiago just barely avoids getting in trouble:
Thanks to Jamie, I can’t look at ghosts in Pac-Man the same way ever again… (I guess he got their cherries?)
Ash drew an excellent Emo-hammad:
Dylan made a pun. And it amuses me:
Mr. Apostate has Muhammad jumping for Jesus. I’ve stared at this animation for a while and I’m transfixed on the Cross as a Pogo Stick:
Chad‘s Muhammad is hiding in Canada!
Derek and a few friends at Syracuse High School put together this collage of images, some of which are modeled after popular Internet memes:
The patently offensive Muhammads:
Gon packed as many offensive images as he could into this animation (and video):
Erica created a bumper sticker no one will ever buy:
Joe Zamecki created his image on a statue of the Virgin Mary — Double Blasphemy! He even made a video describing the process.
Remember when I said you don’t need to make offensive images of Muhammad? Richard didn’t get the memo:
Reed wanted to piss as many people off as possible, so he made this drawing — explanation below.
I’m going to go ahead and not put the website’s watermark on this one…
Explanation of the photograph: The Book of Mormon serves to illustrate the similarities between the fraud and cult leader Joe Smith and the fraud and cult leader Mohammad. The condoms represent breaking free from the puritanical sexual mores of ancient hypocritical kiddie fuckers with poo on their heads. The American-grown tobacco and marijuana serve no other purpose than to piss off the pious and soothe the “artist”.
The name of this piece is “Mohammad Has a Tiny Little Tacker”.
Taryn wants to know what’s more offensive: Muhammad or the drawing itself…?
Stagendogs made a political statement about Islam’s treatment of women:
Muhammad won’t like the fact that Mab‘s Gratuitous Uterus drew him!
Anonymous must have run out of paper when he made this drawing…
ACP created a pretty disturbing Muhammad…
… and followed it up with this (even more disturbing) one:
Casimir‘s Muhammad is next to other potentially offensive things. Like alcohol. And Bart Simpson.
The Aisha-related Muhammads:
Louis Kingofsockmonkeys made a strong point about which person had relations with a nine-year-old.
Patrik’s friend drew a Muhammad that’s, um, anatomically correct:
Manolo of Podcast Ateorizar drew this one… Note: Artistic license is used liberally here since there’s no evidence Aisha was ever punched in the face. (Though there is scripture pointing to Aisha getting struck in the chest by Muhammad.)
All I notice about Christopher‘s drawing is Muhammad’s unique facial hair:
Cameron points out how ridiculous the “Do Not Draw Muhammad” rule really is:
Anonymous made a PedoMuhammad:
Michael found a tie-in with “Toddlers & Tiaras”:
The straight-forward Muhammads:
Bryan offers this homage to the creators of South Park:
Jennie wants you all to know that Muhammad loves his cupcakes:
Sam claims he’s no artist, but he put something together for the occasion!
Kimberly kept it simple.
And so did Vanessa:
Annabel‘s Muhammad is quoting himself! (Is that allowed?!)
Andy‘s Muhammad is more of a Mu-hammered (Zing!):
Tom‘s image kinda creeps me out, but it’s so colorful!
The math side of me approves of the fact that Marc‘s drawing was done on graph paper. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Muhammad wearing shorts and going turban-less before!
Patrik knows that anything drawn on graph paper is automatically awesomer!
I think Ryan created his Muhammad using a Spirograph…
One anonymous reader’s Muhammad looks like something a sketch artist would create:
And so does Joseph‘s:
And so does Jake‘s
Nakor deflects criticism of drawing Muhammad by focusing on the artwork — I like it, though!
Raff‘s Muhammad can’t believe Everybody Draw Muhammad Day is already here.
The Bolingbrook Babbler found Muhammad hiding in Lisle, Illinois!
Heather‘s Muhammad kinda freaks me out because it reminds me of the Kool-Aid Man:
Uzza‘s image can really only upset the fanatics:
Marlowe copied his image from an illustrated Koran from the Middle Ages. So it can’t be offensive, right?
Amy C.‘s Muhammad is holding a beer… can he do that?
Patti drew a Muhammad who wouldn’t look out of place on The Office:
Heini is back again this year, but you’ll notice his Muhammad no longer has a lit bomb fuse. Maybe he’s no longer as angry. Or maybe drawing him just isn’t a big deal anymore. (I wonder what video game he’s playing…)
Thomas‘ Muhammad has a plea for everyone!
Leandro‘s Muhammad drawing was very upsetting to me. No cookies! No wonder we never see him smiling…
CBC offers a hippie, peace-loving Muhammad:
Steve‘s doing something particularly blasphemous: Shaving off Muhammad’s beard!
Reanold offers a Muhammad that even Muhammad would be proud of!
Jehapters shows Muhammad playing tennis… I guess he’s not so different from us after all.
Tony made Muhammad into a little thug… no idea when he’s dropping his latest album.
Susan made a larger point about the name Muhammad:
Sam G. thinks it’s strange that the faith that causes people to kill over mere Muhammad drawings is supposed to be the “religion of peace.”
J. Minter drew Muhammad in College… holding a… um… Bunsen burner.
No one can be offended by Zach‘s Muhammad because he’s white:
An anonymous reader drew Muhammad while saluting the First Amendment:
In the picture below, Muhammad is drawing Danial! I wonder who’s more offended…
Human Michael has Muhammad getting away from Jesus on a unicorn! Three myths in one — not bad!
Jose drew one ass-kicking Muhammad…
… and a Muhammad drawing himself! (Can he do that?)
Thomas shows the power of a simple Photoshopping:
M.C. doesn’t get what all the fuss is about:
Ryan wishes everyone a happy Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!
Brian brought Harold “Rapture Day is May 21st” Camping into his drawing:
Rollingforest‘s Muhammad must have a day job:
Anonymous remembered the huge controversy that once erupted because a child named his cute, cuddly teddy bear Muhammad. Remember that?!
Leah made a Muhammad who looks pretty normal… until you notice the evil claw hands!
Daley drew Muhammad on a unicorn “to stand against the oppression of Muhammad images as well as unicorns.” Right on.
The Super Best Friends of Muhammad:
Jeff P. drew Muhammad alongside other figures involved in ascension myths:
J.M. put several fictional characters together in one drawing:
I think Ed is making a pitch for a new children’s television show:
Based on James‘ drawing, South Park was right! Muhammad and Jesus were Super Best Friends!
xJane put Muhammad alongside his prophetic peers:
Finally, thanks to Gordon, I thought I could never go to a McDonald’s again…
… but The Honest Atheist made up for it:
Thanks to everyone who submitted a drawing!