“Mommy, can I draw Muhammad?”

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Arabic script writing of Muhammad’s name at an Old Mosque in Edirne, Turkey

Fellow Patheos Atheist Channel blogger, Wendy Thomas Russell, invited a group of people to participate in a group blogging project. As she writes,

“Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.

But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky (and uniquely Islamic) concept that seems to be ever-present in our public dialogue right now — the controversy over drawing Muhammad.”

So Wendy invited a some Patheos bloggers to answer the question as though we were speaking to our own kids. The post features, Muslim Channel bloggers Dilshad Ali (Muslimah Next Door) and Qasim Rashid (Islam Ahmadiyya), and Atheist Channel bloggers Neil Carter (Godless in Dixie), Dale McGowan (Secular Spectrum), and Kaveh Mousavi (On the Margin of Error).

Wendy writes,

To keep the piece as brief as possible, I’ve categorized the comments into five main pieces of advice — a step-by-step guide, if you will, to discussing Muhammad with kids. It should be noted that some writers emphasized sensitivity and respect, while others emphasized free speech — but all of them, without exception, indicated that the real question isn’t whether children can draw Muhammad, but whether they should — and why they would want to.

To keep the piece as brief as possible, I’ve categorized the comments into five main pieces of advice — a step-by-step guide, if you will, to discussing Muhammad with kids. It should be noted that some writers emphasized sensitivity and respect, while others emphasized free speech — but all of them, without exception, indicated that the real question isn’t whether children can draw Muhammad, but whether they should — and why they would want to. – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf

Read the rest here.

(Image by Nevit Dilmen / Wikimedia Commons)

To keep the piece as brief as possible, I’ve categorized the comments into five main pieces of advice — a step-by-step guide, if you will, to discussing Muhammad with kids. It should be noted that some writers emphasized sensitivity and respect, while others emphasized free speech — but all of them, without exception, indicated that the real question isn’t whether children can draw Muhammad, but whether they should — and why they would want to. – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf
Dilshad Ali (Muslima Next Door), Ryan Bell (Year Without God), Neil Carter (Godless in Dixie), Dale McGowan (Secular Spectrum), Kaveh Mousavi (On the Margin of Error) and Qasim Rashid (Islam Ahmadiyya). – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf

Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.

But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky (and uniquely Islamic) concept that seems to be ever-present in our public dialogue right now — the controversy over drawing Muhammad.

– See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf

Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.

But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky (and uniquely Islamic) concept that seems to be ever-present in our public dialogue right now — the controversy over drawing Muhammad.

– See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf

Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.

But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky (and uniquely Islamic) concept that seems to be ever-present in our public dialogue right now — the controversy over drawing Muhammad.

– See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf

Occasionally this blog features a series called “Mommy, What’s That?” — aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts. We’ve covered Satan, souls, the Bible — you know, run-of-the-mill Judeo-Christian stuff.

But a couple of months ago, I began thinking about a particularly tricky (and uniquely Islamic) concept that seems to be ever-present in our public dialogue right now — the controversy over drawing Muhammad.

– See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturalwonderers/mommy-can-i-draw-muhammad/#sthash.HwQMrnNU.dpuf

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