Please note I started writing this before Nick’s post went up, completing it only after I saw it on the blog. And due to time constraints, won’t have time to address his points directly.
As some of our readers know, while we at GayPatriot usually agree on the big issues of the day, we have a difference of opinion on whether or not to participate in Draw Mohammed Day.
I believe this blog should not participate and out of respect for pious Muslims who do not use their faith to intimidate “non-believers”, assault critics, murder innocents, or otherwise attack Western civilization, we should not defy a central tenet of that faith, not depicting their prophet visually. I believe we should show the same respect for any faith. And wonder why it is that some who criticize this project would, in different circumstances, mock Catholics or deride Mormons.
Instead of attempting to spit in the eye of an entire faith, which appears to be the purpose of this stunt, I believe we need stand up for those assaulted for speaking their minds. And wonder why the liberal civility police (who neglected their role in the Bush Administration) are more ready to condemn Tea Party protesters because they (the “civility police”) believe their rhetoric leads to violence, but are reluctant to climb those who actually engage in such violent acts or actually call for the death of a people.
That said, I believe the aforementioned project is a juvenile stunt, no different from some staged by the gay left. It will be counterproductive, doing more harm than good, possibly offending those most victimized by radical Islam–moderate Muslims.
Well, I lost the battle to have this blog keep out of this controversy, but in the process of making my case, did engage in a great discussion with Bruce and Nick on the idea. Given my time constraints, I won’t be able to present as thoughtful a post as I would like, so instead, I’ll simply, belong the “jump,” post (and edit) part of my e-mail to Bruce on the matter.Let me give you the best illustration possible before my wits fade (I had written this after the 3rd day of my x-country x-cursion, having averaged 5 hours of sleep for the preceding 3 days). While I did not grow up kosher, I have long since given up pork and shellfish as a sign of my faith. If I go out to breakfast with someone and they order bacon, only to learn I don’t eat such meat, sometimes, they apologize for possibly offending me. I laugh and say, you’re not asking me to eat it. You’re not doing it to offend me. You’re ordering bacon because you like to eat bacon.
Now, let’s change the circumstances a bit. A friend is planning a breakfast for some people, including me. And he knows I don’t eat bacon, but decides to go out and serve it just to spite me. Entire different situation. But, if he had called me and asked if I would be offended if he served bacon, it changes the hypothetical.
People are drawing Mohammed in order to spit in the eye of a faith which does not like to have its prophet depicted. Those who put forward the idea don’t normally draw cartoons mocking religious figures.
Let’s show respect for that faith as a whole, but take on those who use its scriptures to promote violent acts.
I believe very strongly in respecting all faiths, but condemning acts of violence committed in the name of any faith. This stunt crosses the line and risks offending those moderate Muslims who hold tenaciously to this tenet of their faith–that their prophet not be depicted visually.
Please note this stunt has been dreamed up by a woman who has since distanced herself from the project. So should we.
How would a Catholic feel if someone took to the streets to feed Eucharist wafers to a monkey in order to make fun of the Catholic faith?
We don’t do the kind of satire South Park does. And they mock just about everybody, Muslims as well as Mormons. So, we’re far different than that TV show.
This is the wrong way to stand up to Islamofascism. It is counterproductive. The Islamic faith is not our enemy. Muslims are not our enemies. Islamofascists who commit violent acts against innocent civilians, who assault cartoonists and vandalize their houses and who seek to overthrow our society are the enemy.
This juvenile stunt does nothing to combat the real enemy. Nothing. It doesn’t make a stand for civilization. It doesn’t protect us from violent attack. And that’s why, I believe, our blog should steer clear of the controversy.
By participating, we are neither promoting the defeat of Islamofascism nor advancing the values of Western civilization.