Thursday, May 20, 2010
This hastily-rendered image is my contribution to "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."
Now that I think of it, this drawing essentializes the issue at stake rather nicely, if I say so myself.
I not only refuse to obey Islamic demands that I not so much as draw Mohammed (or say that something I have drawn is Mohammed), I also understand that accepting such terms is to submit to an undeserved death sentence.
Why? Because freedom of speech is a sacred right. And it is sacred not because someone says it is sacred, but because the ability to put one's thoughts into words is necessary on every level for a life proper to man. To forbid freedom of speech is not only to damn man, but to ultimately to make his life impossible.
P.S. This image also appears at Principles in Practice.
Today: (1) Changed "everyone" to "everybody." (2) Added P.S. with link to Principles in Practice.