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I’m torn on this issue. On one hand you have people telling exteme Islamists that they can’t scare us with their threats so we’re going to say what they don’t want us to say. Of course what we say is extremely offensive to them in addition to being offensive to many in Islam who don’t want to hurt anybody.
To take part in this campaign you’re joining a mob mentality to insult an entire religion. It’s picking a fight. It also gives the Islam world another reason to dislike us. Intentionally agitating someone does that.
Another aspect is that the people who actually want to do this with good intentions are going to be joined by those who will draw something that’s pornographic, disgusting or some other form of insult to add to the insult….ya know, like something racist.
I don’t mind offending someone if the statement I’m making is something I believe in. I’m not (despite popular perception) going to offend just because I can do it. I understand the intentions of the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” campaign…but too much offense just to offend is going to be involved. The message is going to be lost.
By the way: This cartoon isn’t running in the paper. My editor didn’t think it worked and his first thought was that it was just an insult to Catholics cartoon. I believed in it so I drew it anyway.