Everybody Draw Mohammed Day
Everybody create a likeness of the sacred, holy prophet (PBUH)!!!1
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Everybody get your markers, pencils, crayons, whatever out! It's May 20, the annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day", where you have the chance to creatively depict Mohammed, the main prophet of Islam.
On April 14th, 2010, television network Comedy Central aired an episode of South Park containing a depiction of the Islam prophet, Mohammed. The majority of Muslims consider any depiction of Mohammed to be offensive, and the radical Muslim website Revolution Muslim posted a "warning" to the creators of the show. The message threatened that Trey Parker and Matt Stone could end up meeting the same fate as another director who criticised Islam (hint: he was murdered). In response, Comedy Central heavily censored a subsequent episode of South Park to remove references to Mohammed, and also cancelled it from airing in a number of other countries.
On April 20, 2010, an American cartoonist named Molly Norris posted a cartoon declaring May 20, 2010 to be "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day." The comic is dedicated to the creators of South Park. Norris intended to promote free speech and challenged the idea of being silenced. Norris stopped supporting the campaign when it became far larger than she anticipated. Even without her, the campaign gained many followers on Facebook and other sites.
On May 20, people on Facebook, Flickr, and other sites posted their pictures of Mohammed. In response, Pakistan temporarily blocked Facebook; that ended when Facebook voluntarily established a block of the "draw Mohammed" page in India and Pakistan.
Molly Norris herself faced threats. Anwar al-Awlaki ordered her death in a posting in the Inspire webmagazine. The FBI had Norris change her identity so fundies wouldn't kill her. She herself said that "fatwas suck."
- Reason magazine made its own depiction
- Fatwas suck.
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Fun ASCII art (Washington Post comments)