Line Drawing In The Sand
By way of Twitter and Reason comes word that May 20 has been designated “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” by Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor “in support of Matt Stone and Trey Parker and in opposition to religious thuggery.”
I’m glad it’s a few weeks off — I can barely draw a straight line, so I’ll need some time to practice. It’s often remarked that the reward system is badly skewed if threats of violence earn one’s group the sort of… deference that gave rise to this reaction. But what I wonder at the mind-numbing banality of it.
I know fanaticism is antithetical to rationality, but is there no-one among them who can see how astonishingly weak their obsession with non-Muslims drawing Muhammad makes them look? It’s hardly a long stride from death threats over cartoons to “If your religion is so fragile it’s threatened by a drawing, there’s something very wrong with it.”
Derision is the obvious — and likely most effective — countermeasure. Hence this post promoting “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day.” Reason is collecting submissions. I will be, too. Email them to appomattoxATgmailDOTcom. After the big day, I’ll post the best ones.