Anti-Muslim group wants cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in a D.C. transit ad

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Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers, city officials and police said. Photo by Mike Stone, courtesy of Reuters

Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers, city officials and police said. Photo by Mike Stone, courtesy of Reuters

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It won the top prize at her group's "Drawing Mohammad" contest in Garland, Texas, before two men armed with assault rifles wounded a security guard in the parking lot.

  • Michael Glass

    I have seen this cartoon and believe that it makes a valuable point.

    The cartoon can be seen here: http://teejaw.com/you-cant-draw-me-thats-why-i-draw-you/

    Judge for yourself!

  • Jon

    It’s a great cartoon. I think it would look fine on a bus. Has she considered making available on T-shirts and bumper stickers?

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  • Freedom of speech was created explicitly for the purpose
    of being able to talk back PRECISELY to those who tell you to ‘shut up’.

    Religions are just ideas about reality. It cannot be bigoted to argue over ideas.
    Religion isn’t a skin color, a nationality, an ethnicity, a gender or a sexual preference.

    Ideas can be picked over. In a free society they must be.

    Furthermore, if I hate beer, that doesn’t mean I hate beer drinkers.
    There is no reason to think hatred of Islam or Christianity necessarily means hatred of believers. Most Anti-Theists are interested in protecting people from religion and see believers as victims of a near-criminal indoctrination.

    Even if the woman sponsoring these billboards claims to be bigoted against Arabs – she has that right. But it cheapens her message.

    America is not a nanny state nor a diplomatic cocktail party.
    Speak up!

  • JR

    Before we endanger subway riders, have Miss Gellar put in on her car and set up a billboard on her lawn. As much as we love our freedoms, the murdering Muslims are looking for targets, and Obama does nothing to stop them.

  • DougSlug

    Freedom of speech is about not being punished for expressing an opinion; it is not about having the right to try to piss someone else off. Having a contest to draw cartoons of Muhammad in Texas was clearly intended as a dare. We must demonstrate respect for freedom of speech by using it as a megaphone to put forth alternative ideas rather than using it as brass knuckles when throwing the first punch in a drunken brawl. I feel like posting this cartoon exemplifies the latter without succeeding in the former.

  • The Great God Pan

    I think the cartoon makes a good point, and I do not want to be mistaken for the likes of DougSlug upthread. However, putting this image on public buses would create an imminent safety risk for multitudes of people who have nothing to do with the issue and are just trying to get around town.

    Taking the risk of inviting violence at a specific place where you will be (your offices, an exhibition) is one thing and requires a certain kind of bravery, but this makes every bus in DC a target, all over the city, all day long. And we already know from the Hebdo and Garland attacks that, like Candyman, they will come when you call them.

  • “Having a contest to draw cartoons of Muhammad in Texas was clearly intended as a dare.”

    You’ve got it exactly backwards!

    The dare comes from certain Muslims who forbid Americans to their own freedom of speech. Americans have died for the right to confront such a dare.

    The time to speak up is exactly when people forbid you to do so!

  • I understand what you are trying to say. But…

    If people choose to be offended by a drawing – the least threatening thing in all of civilization – what else can they silence us about?

    America is our home.
    Some of my relatives died for these rights – who are these people to say we cannot exercise these rights in our own country!?

    We owe it to these particular Muslims to address their ignorance and educate them.
    We need to school these Muslims on freedom of speech. We will be doing them a favor and then they can teach it to their own families.

  • @Julian Penrod,

    What irony!

    So if someone took offense at your comments and decided to kill you over them – this is something you would support?
    You are obviously not doing any thinking today.

    Why are you endorsing murdering people for exercising their freedoms? And where are you getting this morality?

    You do understand that the KKK has every right to be bigoted without being killed for it – right?

  • @Julian Penrod,

    “cartoons”?

    Why do you support murder in exchange for a drawing?
    Why is the drawing more obscene than a murder?

    Clearly freedom is wasted on the religious mind.

  • Julian Penrod,

    “Infidels are those who say ‘God is one of three in a Trinity.” (Sura 5:73)

    You seem to be suggesting that Christians should commit suicide to honor Islam?
    Or are you suggesting only Catholics must die?
    I’m trying to follow your defense of these sick, bigoted, vile, primitive ideas and hatreds.

  • @Julian Penrod,

    “Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them.” – Allah (Sura 2:191)

    I just want to know how far your support goes.
    If you are not a muslim, I wonder if you are ready to become one – or act on your alternative option which is to allow them to follow their holy command?

  • @Julian Penrod,

    “Infidels are those who declare: “God is the Christ, the son of Mary.”” (Sura 5:17)

    “Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them.” – Allah (Sura 2:191)

    This is bigoted gibberish. Is it not?
    I never said Muslims need to be killed! I never even called them a bad name!
    I’m only asking why you support hatred coming from Islam – and why you want to surrender to the demands of Muslims in your own country?

    You have two choices: either convert to Islam or surrender yourself for beheading. Have you converted yet?

  • @Julian Penrod,

    “Where is Atheist Max’s compassion for Muslims having seen loved ones murdered…?”

    I was against the Iraq war. I saw no evidence of WMD in Iraq!
    The Right Wing Christians: G.Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney et all were in favor of “A Christian Crusade” and that is what we have.

    FURTHERMORE, I actually care (unlike you!) about the 10% of Iraqis who are homosexual – yet they are KILLED for their homosexuality thanks to ISLAM!
    I actually care (unlike you!) about the the 20% of Iraqis who have no belief in Allah but they have to play along and lie about it or be KILLED!
    I actually care (Unlike you!) about the 50% of Iraqis who are women and are slaughtered for honor killings for simply writing love notes to boyfriends!

    You are ignorant of what religion does to people because (unlike me) YOU NEVER HAD religion!

    You have no knowledge and NO compassion for anyone!

    Now why have you not converted to Islam??

  • @Julian Penrod,

    “Atheist Max opines that murder is more obscene that any other crime.”

    Shame on you. You will toss away those who died for your freedom of speech – you will surrender it to the Islamic Boss out of fear and self-loathing.

    Loath yourself on your own time.
    You have two choices left. Either convert to Islam or put yourself out as a sacrifice. You have left yourself no other options.

    Instead of standing up for American freedom, you have surrendered before a shot was even fired. You have caved to the demands of the Ayatollahs and you are following their orders instead: Don’t draw certain pictures or die!

    Good luck!

  • @Penrod,

    “a lie to say that hatred of American freedoms is the sole motivation…”

    I insist upon the right to draw any dam thing I want in the United States!
    I demand the right to do so. Mohammed or Jesus or whatever!

    You are the one changing the subject!
    You are the one pretending this open threat from Muslims to murder cartoonists – is valid! Good grief! How embarrassing for you.

  • @Julian,

    “Religion News removed it. Evidently, they don’t care about “freedom of speech”.”

    No.
    It is YOU who care nothing for freedom of speech. You are the one who is willing to allow murder in exchange for stupid cartoon! Astounding!

    How indecent of you.

  • Kim

    And therein lies your issue. Our country, the USA, allows people to hate other people, other religions, anything they wish without fear of persecution. As long as your beliefs are not being used to deprive someone of rights that are protected by federal and state laws, then you can hate, make fun of, disparage, or spit on whatever you want.

    You have the right to do the same, but what you don’t have a legal right to do is to suppress those freedoms in others. It doesn’t matter what you think, like or dislike or what you can or cannot prove. The simple fact is, this country is built on the freedoms that allow you to post “how to you feel” on this forum and allow others to express their feelings also, regardless of how you or I feel about them.

    That IS what this country is all about. If you don’t like it, then move. Pretty simple.

  • Kim

    Maybe they don’t feel that the prophet of Islam deserves respectful images. This country gives them the right to feel, act or portray that in any manner they wish. Just because you don’t like it really doesn’t mean squat.

    When are you, and other people like you, going to understand that those around you have the right to worship and be whomever they choose, and to depict whatever they want, whenever they want. This is not Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, etc. This is the United States of America and our constitution affords us the right to think and act in any manner we choose.

    As I’ve said before, you have every right to move to a country where you can force your views on what is right/wrong on other people and probably be martyred for it. But here, you can’t.

    Get over it or get out.

  • Kim

    Notice you said “is the sole motivation.” Even you know it is one of their motivations. Tough, we are free, free, free and they are not, not, not.

    History and the present have shown that Islam is predicated on radicalizing those that embrace it and using it as an excuse for plain old-fashion murder, all under the guise of religion.

    Despicable! And anyone who supports it deserves exactly what they get. False prophets and a life lived in sin will always get you a one-way ticket straight to Hell.