Images from 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' on Facebook

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Drawing by Kurt Westergaard
Drawing by Kurt Westergaard
Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Original Protest Doodles by Molly Norris
Original Protest Doodles by Molly Norris

Images of Mohammed? I've got 'em. I didn't draw them, but I've got them and I'm sharing them with you. Pray for my safety from a vengeful Allah and Muslim religious extremists.

Now might be a good time for me to follow the advice of Pascal's wager. I'm not concerned about the nonexistent eternal hell of mythology, or the wrath of any version of a psychotic god, but his followers are worrisome.

No, I will not chicken out. I will not swallow my principles and forget my values in the face of religious extremism like Molly Norris.

Norris was the original protestor that sparked Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. She has disclaimed any intent that it should have blossomed into lots of people doing the same thing she did, distanced herself from the movement she unintentionally started, and has made conciliatory overtures to the Muslim community.

Here is a sample of the doodles she produced on her website which started it all though, and you can see they appear pretty cute and harmless. "How dare you represent my prophet as a domino!"

Pretty funny stuff. People. Crazy.

Everybody Draw Mohammed

Drawing by Seya
Drawing by Seya
South Park Bear (Who Later Turned Out To Be Santa Claus)
South Park Bear (Who Later Turned Out To Be Santa Claus)
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Submission by Trey Parker, Jr.
Submission by Trey Parker, Jr.

South Park Controversy - (How Unusual)

On April 14th the 200th episode of the South Park show aired on Comedy Central. The irreverent creators of the irreverent show -Matt Stone and Trey Parker- wanted to do something special to celebrate the momentous occasion. The idea they came up with was to have back on their show several of their previous "guest appearances" -including Jesus, Buddha and Moses.

Frankly it would have been rude of them to leave out Mohammed.

To avoid offending people -Muslims- Mohammed was kept locked in a u-haul for the better part of the show, and only finally released under the concealing costume of a quite rotund and big-headed bear. Therefore not even the shape of the image of the prophet of Islam was shown.

They were actually being quite sensitive to the Islamic mandate against images of their prophet. In fact, they have always declined to draw his image in their shows, having previously represented him as hiding behind a tree or else wise avoiding an actual bodily image of the Islamic founder.

But some Muslims did not appreciate it anyway, and further felt that South Park's depiction of their prophet was an insult. So Revolution Muslim member Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee posted a commentary on it, including the statement “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Theo Van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker who worked with a group condemning the oppression and abuse of women in some Islamic societies. Van Gogh produced a documentary about it, and wound up dead, murdered by religious extremists.

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Drawing by David Olvera
Drawing by David Olvera
Drawing by freespeechintheusa
Drawing by freespeechintheusa
Drawing by Rasmus
Drawing by Rasmus

Censorship and Freedom of Speech

Al-Amrikee of Revolution Muslim seems to say that such oppressive and murderous behavior should be expected from Muslims. Make no mistake, he does. Revolution Muslim is a small but radical New York City based anti-Semite, fundamentalist group. They're so blatantly extreme that some in the Muslim community say they suspect the group consists of plants paid to make Muslims in the US look dangerous and jihadist. The group openly promotes a "worldwide jihad movement", and they pass out literature at New York mosques.

Folks at Comedy Central took the warning seriously, and for the 201st episode -which also featured Mohammed- they chose to exert their censorship powers. Parker and Stone were unhappy with the decision, particularly over the censorship of a speech at the end of the show which they say promoted peace, tolerance and unity. Or something like that.

Cartoonist Molly Norris drew her images in response to Comedy Central's censorship of the episode, but as stated above has since bowed out. It is unclear if she started the May 20th Everybody Draw Mohammed Day or not. Reports have said that she did, but she denies it.

Another group hijacked the website of Revolution Muslim for a short time, redirecting traffic to images of Mohammed drawn admittedly in rather poor taste. At least one Muslim woman I encountered told me she believed Jews were behind the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day movement.

Either way the idea was picked up and run with, most notably on a Facebook page. The Everybody Draw Mohammed Day page at my last check yesterday afternoon -May 20th- had over 103,000 fans and almost 11,000 viewer submitted depictions of Mohammed. As I watched the portrayals come in, I couldn't keep up with the incoming submissions.

Everybody Draw Mohammed

Drawing by Ryan Rudd
Drawing by Ryan Rudd

Artistic Celebration of Freedom of Expression

The artwork ranges from serious artistic attempts to stick men drawn on ruled notebook paper. Much is political, much is lewd, and many included with Mohammed images of Aisha his youngest known nine year old bride.

Some attempted no actual portrayal of Mohammed but tried instead to put a conceptual face on the prophet by posting images of shrouded women, 9/11, war and Islamic punishment according to Sharia law.

Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Jack Murphy
Drawing by Jack Murphy
Drawing by A.A.
Drawing by A.A.
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate

Most simply called for the protection of western freedoms, specifically the freedom of speech, expression and as one person put it -"the freedom of sketch."

I asked permission from several artists to re-use their Mohammed Day art, and the majority of those who have replied so far readily agreed. Several did prefer I post their art credited only to anonymous, some gave me pseudonyms, and still others said they weren't scared and insisted that I use their real names.

I myself am of course writing under a pseudonym. But then, I live in the rural south. I always write under a pseudonym.

One fellow originally agreed, asking me to make it anonymous, and then later in the day changed his mind. "I keep getting these death threats," he emailed to me. Others also reported death threats, and several were forwarded to me, but after consideration I have decided not to include them. My story isn't about Muslim extremists, but about American freedom of speech. 

Some of the portrayals of Mohammed were very well done and beautiful actually. Detailed drawings of a well proportioned bearded and turbaned Arab, the different lines and angles in the prophet’s face, dessert in the background. I wish I’d had time to look through more of them.

It was a celebration of art, including the stick figures, profanities, obscenities and cartoon porn. The best came together along with people with no artistic talent or know-how and drew expressions of defiance against oppression. Many of the images represented a universal idea, a growth beyond the fears of religion and the limits it places on our minds.

The Everybody Draw Mohammed Day submissions came from all over the globe. Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden and Amsterdam of course, England, South America, Australia, even from Indonesia came pictures of Mohammed. It was a universal moment, peacefully and beautifully done. And perhaps in some cases not so beautifully done, but the emotion, the universal resistance is there.

Of course Pakistan was notably absent. Pakistan in response to the movement has banned Facebook. And Youtube as well. Too bad they cannot seem to as quickly and easily and assuredly ban terrorists. Muslim terrorists. Muslim extremists, who think they follow Mohammed. A dead man from long ago who claimed to speak for a god. Like so many other ancient dead men.

Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate

Celebrating Freedom of Expression

We celebrate freedom of expression. Freedom of thought, freedom of doubt, freedom of religion, speech and sketch.

Some of us 'blaspheme' against all the old false gods and so-called prophets. It's our right to do so. Nobody or no one religion should take it personally. Humanity -when not oppressed- has been testing the gods forever, and will continue to do so.

You have the right to believe whatever you want, and to practice whatever you want however you want, as long as it doesn't bring harm to others. We welcome you here in America and in other non-Arabic nations across the globe. But understand this.

We who are objecting to and fighting against this assault on free speech are largely the same people who will fight against assaults on foreigners in America, who will fight against dsicrimination against minorities, who will fight against religious persecution just as we are, and who will fight for woman's rights.

Don't expect us to stop fighting ignorance and error when it comes to your own flavor of it. Religion doesn't get a free pass.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to flip through the slideshow below and scroll through beyond it to view the rest of the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day artwork included here. You can also scroll back up to the first Mohammed picture and click on the Slideshow button to view a full size slideshow of all the images here.

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

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Drawing by David J. Marsch
Drawing by David J. Marsch
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Goreth
Drawing by Goreth
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Jon Berghausen
Drawing by Jon Berghausen
Drawing by Miss Bliss
Drawing by Miss Bliss
Drawing by Ros Dalton
Drawing by Ros Dalton
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Submission by Submissive Bob
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Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Drawing by The Convertible
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Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Drawing by Tim DeWitt
Drawing by Tim DeWitt
Drawing by Z.I.
Drawing by Z.I.
Submission by Trey Parker, Jr.
Submission by Trey Parker, Jr.
Drawing by Mandy C.
Drawing by Mandy C.
Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Drawing by Ben Steenkamer
Drawing by Ben Steenkamer
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Drawing by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate
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Submission by Anonymous Free Speech Advocate

Freedom of Speech

“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.” ~Tommy Smothers

“Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” ~Potter Stewart

“We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.” ~Voltaire

“The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.” ~Walt Whitman

“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

“Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959

“To reject the word is to reject the human search.” ~Max Lerner, 1953, on book purging

“Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

“What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.” ~Sigmund Freud, 1933

“Every burned book enlightens the world.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The paper burns, but the words fly away.” ~Akiba ben Joseph

“Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.” ~Dick Cavett

“To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list.” ~John Aikin

“Censorship offends me.” ~Author Unknown

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” ~John F. Kennedy

“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.” ~Noam Chomsky

“Take away the right to say "fuck" and you take away the right to say "fuck the government."” ~Lenny Bruce

“Every human being has a right to hear what otherwise human beings have spoken to him. It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!” ~Thomas Carlyle

“Books won't stay banned - Ideas won't go to jail.”
~Alfred Whitney Griswold

“You can cage the singer but not the song.” ~Harry Belafonte, in International Herald Tribune, 3 October 1988

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” ~Voltaire

Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of speech.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ~ George Washington

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.~ Marshall Lumsden

I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.” ~ Woodrow T. Wilson

We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather. ~ Barbara Ehrenreich

The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech. ~ John Mortimer

The most important aspect of freedom of speech is freedom to learn. All education is a continuous dialogue - questions and answers that pursue every problem on the horizon. That is the essence of academic freedom. ~ William Orville Douglas

“Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” ~Salman Rushdie

“A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.” ~Napoleon

“The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.”~Samuel Johnson

“We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship." ~Edward M. Forster

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." ~John Milton

"The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with." ~Eleanor Holmes Norton

"Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose." ~Georgia O’Keefe

"The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum." ~Adlai E. Stevenson

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Ohma profile image

Ohma 6 years ago

some of these are hysterical and some ore seriously scary.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

I hope that means you like it, Ohma!


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Wayne Orvisburg 6 years ago

Call me if you get any death threats for this!! LOVE IT!


Reddoogan 6 years ago

Great Job!!


Anony Mouse 6 years ago

This was beautifully written and shows a fairy good sample of the types of pictures submitted. In retrospect, I wish there had been more cries for free speech, and FAR fewer of hatred, and I'm not sure if I was given the opportunity, I would do it again. But telling people they can ONLY rally for freedom of expression is a tad hypocritical, no?

I pray for the safety of all involved and for the understanding of the Muslim world. Peace be upon you all.


Ben A. 6 years ago

Good work :]


Eric 6 years ago

Be aware that Muslims have used Facebook for hate speech, including pages devoted to Holocaust Denial, mockery of the memory of Anne Frank, incitement of genocide towards Jews, and threats of imposition of Sharia law and destruction of the West. Facebook rarely if ever takes any action there, because Muslims make physical threats while those opposing the Muslims do not. We must realize this fact when considering the issue of free speech: that the arbiters of freedom of speech can be, and have in many instances shown themselves to be, susceptible to threats. So, if the only ones who are ultimately allowed to enjoy free speech are those who are willing to make physical threats, then this is a perversion of the principle.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

Some of the artists are actually very talented. Some of the messages very poignant and true. Too bad that it's probably only going to just piss them off more and drive them to become more hate-filled and violent, which will piss non-Muslims off... kind of a scary cycle. Hopefully the thinkers in their communities will calm people down, but seems unlikely right away.


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errum fattah 6 years ago from heart of love...

who's tht person pandora?

the person u r calling mohommd(pbuh) is not him...

is he ur father??


Ben Steenkamer 6 years ago

Haha, excellent article, glad to contribute my art work!

\m/ Fight the power


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

Anony, I think it did evolve a bit into people posting what *their* image of Mohammed is. I'm not sure that's a bad thing. I found all the cartoons involving Aisha disturbing and in poor taste, but then, after I noticed all the submissions of muslim women, including the suicide girls, I decided I ought to include at least one.

A big part of how the western world sees islam and mohammed is wrapped up in the treatment of muslim women. This is hardly exclusive to islam, most cultures have been guilty of this to some extent or other, and some still are as is evidenced by all the stories that keep coming out of the mormon church, and for that matter, many men don't even need a religion to justify their poor treatment of women.

Those who chose to have a right to express their disapproval. I may question their motives or their focus, but still, it's a legitimate issue in western/muslim relations.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

Eric I couldn't agree more. That to me is the problem. If we continue to acquiesce to their demands they win.

Would we have desisted if the Obama administration said 'please stop drawing cartoons of Obama, it hurts our feelings and annoys our belief system? Would we have desisted if catholics reared their heads against our cartoons involving their sex scandals? Would we have desisted with the Mo depictions if we weren't afraid of muslims?

We won't worry about the politicians or the catholics because we aren't afraid of them. We won't swallow our own principles and values because we have no fear.

Add fear to the mix, as radical muslims have done, and people suddenly start talking about religious tolerance and respect. Both fine ideas, which have nothing at all to do with this issue.

Religious tolerance doesn't mean I pretend to share your religions, and respect is still something rather subjective and hopefully merit-based. We shouldn't 'respect' religious concepts just because they are religious in nature, and we shouldn't pretend to either.

Consideration is something else, but only works as a two-way street. I'll give you room for your ideas, beliefs and practices, you give me room for mine.

This is a concept of the free world that the more extreme muslims need to learn. Will we bow to them? Will we really let islam conquer our worlds? Will we censor for muslims as we will not for any other group, will we faceless, shapeless women roaming about our places of businesses, will we cease laughter whenever a muslim male is in attendance? Will we all face mecca?

Then we have lost.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

Shades I understand what you're saying, and I understand that many see this all to be in poor taste. Of course you know me, anything that points out the false nature of any religion is generally good in my book, though I hope I do try to be considerate about it at some level.

I think though that I kinda disagree with you about the causes of the cycle. I think it's pretending to respect which has gotten us into trouble. Genuine respect might get us better results.

I can't respect something I don't respect. And terrorists can't make me. As Long As I'm Free. That's the point.

The issue is between terrorists and freedom. Muslims really do have to learn to be offended if they're going to exist in a free world, in our world.


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

love it fabulous great powerful write God is the answer to all human life thanks I enjoyed reading


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TMMason 6 years ago from FL.

Thank you for supporting free speech and expression. Way to go Pan


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eranahubs@hotmail 6 years ago from pakistan

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soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! Pandoras Box

I admire your courage. We need more and more people to write about it so that the fear about violence from this group goes away. I also like comment by Eric. It is true that many of the so called liberals who pretend to defend freedom and secularism are the ones who are defending extremist attitudes of Muslims most. In such situation it is the silent majority people like us who are the only ones who can defend freedom.

Generally one does not want to hurt sentiments of others. But when a group feels hurt by almost any thing you do there seems to be no option but to act. We in India have faced this situation very often. I hope efforts by people like you and silent majority support to it is strong enough to keep freedom intact.


Miss Bliss 6 years ago

soumyasrajan,

"So called liberals"? How can you assume no "so called liberals" participated in the "Draw Muhammad Day" nor in any other way vocally stood up for freedom of expression and freedom of speech in this way?

Not only did I, as a "so called liberal" stand up, I drew one of the pictures on this page (look for Miss Bliss) and have spoken about this topic with many people, liberal and conservative alike, and I find your comment to not only be assumptive but wrong.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

I'm a liberal, lol. I've heard disapproval -and approval- voiced pretty equally by both parties.


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! Miss Bliss Pandoras Box

Oh! I also consider myself liberal. By "so called liberal", I had meant some of journalists, public figures etc. whom I have seen often (in India, USA, Uk, Canada etc. for example some "so called liberal" politicians with eye on votes by certain communities in their constituencies ) defending things like Burqua (covering whole body of a woman), or ideas that terrorists are created mainly because of poverty among Muslims, hence one should have sympathy with them etc.

In general any way as oberservation by Pandoras Box implies that one does need to be liberal to see that all these are extremist attitudes. Even good analysts and writers in Pakistan are making fun of ban introduced there.


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jreuter 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

kudos.


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ptosis 6 years ago from Arizona

excellent. I would like a a reference from the Qu'ran that says that drawing Muhammad is prohibited. It's not written in the Qu'ran as far as I know. Drinking wine is mentioned in the Qu'ran and is not prohibited. Neither is the veil. When asked, Muhammad said , "let the local custom prevail." Islamic fanatics who don't even read the entire Qu'ran seem to be the most dangerous to others. How can a person be offended by a differing opinion of their personal faith when they don't understand what they believe themselves?


dil 6 years ago

ptosis, you Do Not know about islam, so stop making studpid assumptions..... Muhammad (pbuh) said No picture of me! because he did not want his picture to be worshipped after his death, just like christians do to christ. Wine, also, is prohibited. The veil is Also necessary, through revelation.

So now, please, stop bulshitting and stick to your own religion


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

dil could you show us where Muhammad said No picture of me?


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Also this assumption of Dil that commands of Muhammad should be followed by not just Muslims but people from other groups also is indeed strange one.

It is this idea and similar sentiments which unfortunately also is being encouraged by meek response to violence generated out of such sentiments by governments of many countries including India, USA and most European countries, which is creating an insecurity in whole world.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Pandora - people who keep pictures of Christ (as suggested above)do not worship the picture. They just like something to focus their thoughts on. But plenty of Christians do not like 'graven' images either. It's not just a Muslim idea. (Never heard of draw Muhammad day. This is certainly giving me something to think about)


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ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

Interesting and some of the pictures are funny however some are a little harsh! However I don't see why Muslims don't like pictures of Muhammed - although I understand why they may not like some of these. I think the problem is that most muslims are just as good as me or you but the minority groups ruin it for the others!

You are brave for publishing this!


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

Either that or just stupid, I'm not sure. Though honestly I've had no trouble, and don't expect any. I'm sure it turns some people off, but to me it's a thing to witness.

I'd really not like to see them repeat it next year however. I hope they make this truly about freedom of speech and choose some other theme for next year.

The pope would be a good pick.

EDIT: Scratch that. It'd be too crude a topic. Make it the vatican in general. Moses, Abraham, Paul, Jesus, whatever, but if it will revolve around islam again next year then I won't participate in any way.

It was interesting to watch this year however.


aamir_love MOHAMMAD 6 years ago

so hurting.what do u get from publishing this type of picture . noting . u people are destroying world peace. what ever shown in these picture about MOHAMMAD PBUH is not the truth if u people are welcultured educated and broadminded thn go and study MOHAMMAD PBUH u people will found him the greatest person of the world. i am follower of MOHAMMAD PBUH .i will not keep vindictive feeling for u people i will pray for u people, who did it to hurt muslims, that may Allah bless u all with light of islam. for god sake dont destroy world peace. MOHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM IS GREAT.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

aamir_love MOHAMMAD-

Thank you for your comments. I find it unfortunate that you are offended by these simple drawings. From my western perspective, I find it unacceptable that mere cartoons might 'destroy' whatever it is you are referring to as 'world peace'.

We do not have world peace. We cannot have world peace, or unified cooperation, until religion ceases to serve as a bastion of safety for dangerous beliefs and a personal and communal excuse for hatred, ignorance and oppression of others.

I would not argue with your assertion that SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS in EDMD did so purely for the twisted pleasure of thumbing their noses at this particular religion. Many more participated for the sake of fighting societal regression. It is not then aimed at your culture or religion in particularly.

But I don't reckon that will make much difference to you.

Thanks again for your comments. I understand your chagrin, and do sympathize with it. It hurts when something we cherish is slurred, and I do admit that many of the drawings did depict slurs on your prophet and your religion.

I do not believe, however, that any religion, religious persona, ancient stories or popular books ought to serve as excuses to prevent us from exercising our western rights to freedom of expression.

The ridiculous will be ridiculed, because that is its proper treatment. I won't pretend to 'respect' something I know is false, and that goes for almost all religions. My opinion is that they are ridiculous. I express that opinion in ways I choose, and will leave others to do the same.

That's called freedom of expression. I'm sorry to learn that it is not something you believe in.


mehran 6 years ago

plzzzzzzzzzz dear dont doooo thissssssssssss


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Pearldiver 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

It was said (factually by a son) that a man (his father) allowed his donkey to show itself in public Naked; while he subjected his wife and daughters to wearing full burkas in all weather. He often beat his wife and loved his donkey, always teaching his sons to remember that they were to treat their women and donkeys the same way and that if they chose to ever seek the paradise of martyrdom by strapping on explosives and detonating them on a Jewish bus full of school children Allah would bless them!

If so; then the son would ensure that the $10000USD that the family got paid via Mr.Arafat's fund in Jordon, would help the family move and have a better life. Praise be to Allah the father told his sons... if you choose to become a martyr in such a way; you will be honored with your picture on that hill.. and you will be forever happy in paradise with your virgins! The female donkey shuddered at the thought of her daughters being chosen to serve and having to carry such a burdon!

This seems to be something amiss in this world.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

Thanks for commenting pearldiver. Of course, no religion is perfect, lol.


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Pandoras Box 6 years ago from A Seemingly Chaotic World Author

Sue, I deleted your comment due to its vulgar nature. I did however want to point out to you that it had nothing to do with islam.

Speak bad of christianity if you like, I don't care. This is America, I bash christianity all the time. All these outdated religions need to be put away so that humanity can move on.


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Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

Well done to you Pandora, makes a change from selling stuff. Seriously, respect for your hub.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

Just come across this Pandora. First I must admire your courage in publishing, and indeed HubPages' courage, for allowing it to stay published. There are, it seems to me, 3 reasons why people may choose to publish pictures of Mohammed:

1) To antagonise and deliberately offend others. That, I believe is a reprehensible reason, but I honestly hope and believe it is not your reason.

2) In an attempt to present an honest and open history. That, I believe is a fairly legitimate reason for any kind of illustration of any subject, but it is probably unnecessary to do so, if it causes offence.

3) As a protest against restriction on basic freedoms of right of expression. This, I believe is your reason, and I think it is the best reason. Sadly in this day and age, it seems some will take offence at almost any controversial or perceived disrespectful comment or view one expresses, and especially so on the subject of religion. There is too much intolerance of other peoples' right to express their opinion today, and for this reason I have always loved that Voltaire quote:

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

I would not myself have published cartoons of this kind, though I would like very much to understand the objection of Muslims to more straightforward portraits, which are neither mocking, nor intended to be the subject of reverence.

All religions including Islam surely preach tolerance. I hope and trust that most people have remained tolerant towards you.


Concerned Citizen 4 years ago

Listen Pandoras Box, or whatever your name is. You have every right to "express yourself" however you want. But I wonder why you are so desparate for attention that you had to upload such offensive images to hubpages knowing very well the outcome of your actions. You can say they are not attacking Islam all you want but truth is they are offensive to moslems. I really don't get your logic, what do you expect to come out of this?. I'm an atheist but sorry this is really offensive and If you were in my home country you would no doubt be be-headed and i wouldn't help you because people like you deserve what they get. Learn to respect people and their faiths and beliefs.


peroCoEleSape 3 years ago

When i utilized to obtain on top of living nevertheless as of late I've truly built up the opposition.


Futamarka 3 years ago

Словечка "рок" вообще не существовало в официальном лексиконе; имеющий в госудаоственном языке той страны ярко выраженный оттенок фатальности, раскатистый "рок" был заменен на бесполые словосочетаний типа "молодежная популярная музыка" или "современная эстрада". Паркет с фризом выполняют под любой рисунок. В данном случае фриз желательно выполнить таким образом, чтобы при общей настилке были использованы планки без отходов.


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Muhammed Abdelbasit 2 years ago

Give offensiveness & get terrorism , Give respect and you will get it, You don't need to be rude and mean to clear your point. I'm muslim and this is realy made me sad but that will never lead me trying to insult other thoughts or religions, thank you for all the artists.. your Art gives a lot to humanity.. yeah it gives peace , keep on


gepeTooRs 7 months ago

More of this please

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