Thousands of users posted illustrations of Muslim prophet Mohammed to the web Thursday, responding to a controversial Facebook group that prompted Pakistan to block access to the social-networking site.
Everybody Draw Mohammed Day encourages people to flout the belief by devout Muslims that it is wrong to depict religious figures because it could lead to idol worship. The group has more than 81,000 fans on Facebook.
Creators of the group say they got the idea after recent controversies surrounding the belief. A series of cartoons of Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 led to riots in countries around the world.
At least two European cartoonists live under police protection after drawing Mohammed and, most recently, Comedy Central edited part of the animated show “South Park” because it showed the prophet.
By mid-morning on Thursday, more than 7,300 images had been uploaded to the Facebook page, most of them drawings of Mohammed.
To which Greg Epstein responded with this (regarding students across the country who are drawing Mohammed on the sidewalk):
As a Humanist, I hope I do not exist solely to advance the Humanist cause. I want to advance the human cause. In this case, the way to do it is to keep the chalk on the blackboard, where perhaps one day soon Humanist and Muslim college students will use it together in inner-city elementary schools, teaching understanding and cooperation between members of different religious and moral traditions.
To which I say: fuck that, let ’em draw. The Muslim world has declared war on anyone who DRAWS Mohammed??? That is crazy and MUST be rebelled against.