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What started out as a cartoonist's call to action against censorship -- an open invitation to submit caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad -- has led to death threats, a court order to temporarily block parts of the website in Pakistan and a call for a boycott of Facebook to protest what Muslims believe is blasphemy.
"Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" began last month as the brainchild of a Seattle-based cartoonist named Molly Norris, who was appalled by Comedy Central's decision to censor an episode of "South Park" that depicted Muhammad in a bear costume...
... She (Molly) declared May 20 "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" -- and her efforts quickly went viral, spawning several Facebook pages with thousands of followers dedicated to the event.
They also prompted a "protest" movement by thousands of other Facebook users opposed to it.
She (Molly) drew a cartoon in April to protest against the cancellation of an episode of popular show "South Park". Norris satirically proposed May 20 as an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."
In Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, religious parties mobilised hundreds of protesters onto the streets to demand a ban on Facebook and an apology from the social networking site for humiliating Muslims.
Activists shouted slogans such as "Death to Facebook", "Death to America" and branded the United States the "root cause of all mischief" at the peaceful rallies, said an AFP reporter.
In Multan, a shrine city in Punjab province, hundreds of people rallied, burning US flags and tyres to block traffic before dispersing peacefully.
In the northwestern city of Peshawar, about 250 students and religious activists staged small protests, chanting "Death to Facebook, death to Youtube," and on one occasion torched a US flag, an AFP reporter said.
The offending Facebook page has attracted 105,000 fans -- and five pages of crude manipulated pictures and caricatures. Pages denouncing the competition and calling for a boycott of the May 20 competition attracted far more fans.
Originally posted by pondrthis
You know what I say...?
I'd love to start this crap as some other country's citizen so they'd have to stop shouting "Death to America", but I happened to be born American. It's fine and dandy if they want their culture respected, but they should get over the fact that foreign law doesn't respect it. We recognize that they have religious laws, which goes against our constitution, but we don't go f***ing shouting "Death to Pakistan" in the streets.
I'm sick and tired of hearing how America shouldn't police the world when the rest of the world keeps trying to police us. When they stop enforcing their laws on my country, I'll stop trying to enforce mine on theirs. So until then, they can take their wife-beating, flag-burning, dog-hating cocks and screw themselves.
When a majority of Americans votes to censor the drawings of religious figures, I'll accept it happily as a result of democracy, and I don't particularly care if a company wants to censor an offensive cartoon, that's their choice. But I'll be damned if I'll tolerate the hatred they're spewing because we won't listen to their piddly-# bitching.
Originally posted by Ophiuchus 13
You shouldnt draw him nor JESUS. Because what happens when he shows up and isnt at all what many imagined (you will be pissed for spending so much time visualising the wrong individual)
Originally posted by BlesUTP
could you imagine the hysteria is someone declared today:
Insult a Jew Day?
how about Spit on a Christian Day?
or maybe Kick a Buddhist Day?