|Message ||Recently, Comedy Central censored an episode of South Park after the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone -- who have long called themselves equal opportunity offenders -- were threatened with death by Muslim extremists who were offended by the show's parody of the prophet Mohammed (along with leaders of other religious faiths), and by the mere fact that they tried to depict Mohammed visually.
This threat of violence is infringing on the free speech of artists to address Islam and Mohammed as they would any other religious figure or faith. Modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special consideration of their own religious feelings. It is incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech, where you must be ready to put up with insults, mockery and ridicule.
So what's an artist who cares about free speech to do? Draw Mohammed.
May 20th has now been designed "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day". There is power in numbers, and if you're an artist, creator, cartoonist, or basically anyone who would like to exercise your right to free speech in a way that it is actively threatened, that would be the day to do it.
Get behind the day, you know it makes sense.