Note: I wrote this soon after Every Body Draw Muhammad Day but then left it to proof read it later (that helps in proof reading) and I didn’t get back to it for many days.
I know few people are going to read this and odds are they will not be Muslims and if Muslims read this they will not be the ones I’m targeting with this. I can hope though.
Recently we had Every Body Draw Muhammad Day. Every Body Draw Muhammad Day was a response to Muslim extremists threatening the creators of South Park (Matt Stone and Trey Parker) and Viacom (the company that owns Comedy central which airs South Park) when an episode was made that featured Muhammad in a bear costume. Comedy Central in response to the threats did not air the episode. This led to outrage which lead to Every Body Draw Muhammad Day. While Viacoms decision not to air the episode is understandable given the attacks by extremist Muslims in the past for cartoons that depicted Muhammad and resent attacks against Lars Vilksand his home, many however felt the action was cowardly and they felt that freedom of speech was under threat by these extremist Muslims. As a result of all this we have Every Body Draw Muhammad Day.
What is to be learned form this? If the extremists did not make the threats, the episode would have aired. It would have been talked about a little bit and then forgotten only to be remembered in reruns. There would not have been a Draw Muhammad Day if there were no threats made. If they had just let it go there wouldn’t have been a controversy, there wouldn’t have been a backlash.
For every action there is a reaction and actions can have effects far beyond the scale that they happened on. How many innocent Muslims have been persecuted, discriminated against, attacked and murdered out of outrage, anger and bigotry by non-Muslims brought about by the actions of extremists, fundamentalist Muslims and Islamic terrorism? When someone at a violent protest holds a a sign that says “death to those who insult Islam” how does that make Islam look? How does that effect peoples opinions of Islam and Muslims? Negatively and as a result innocent Muslims who have done nothing wrong and who may even agree with their attackers are attacked, persecuted, discriminated against and even killed because of the negative effect. Because of threats and attacks by extremist Muslims, because of Muslims holding signs that say “death to those who insult Islam” innocent Muslims who have done nothing wrong are harmed.
Shut up. Shut the hell up. You are not helping, you are harming. You are harming your self and your fellow Muslims. Next time some one draws Muhammad, let it go. Next time some one does or says something you find insulting to your religion, just let it go. You don’t have the right not to be offended and others have the right to disagree and express them selfs even if you disagree with their opinion and how they express it. Further more when you don’t let it go you ultimately only harm your fellow Muslims and Islam as a whole.