Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gratuitous Uterus draws Muhammad.

Pictured: G.U. holding a pen and a paper with a stick figure drawing labeled "Muhammad."
Because respecting others' freedom of belief does not mean being bound by the rules of their religion.

Everybody Draw Muhammad Day may seem like an effort to pick on Muslims, but I think it makes an important point that applies across the board. I'm not going to avoid creating an image of Muhammad just because it makes a few Muslims murderously enraged or many Muslims offended. Neither am I going to avoid an abortion because it makes a few Christians murderously enraged or many Christians offended.

I find the idea that one guy can die in behalf of other people's crimes to be offensive, but I don't go into a fit of righteous indignation when people display the cross. We are all entitled to create or join ourselves to a set of beliefs that guide our lives. We are not entitled to force others to live by those beliefs.

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