So, today is “Everyone Draw Mohammed” Day. The gist of it is that because some idiotic Islamofascists threaten death to anyone who blasphemes by drawing a likeness of Mohammed, we should show our contempt for such Neanderthals by drawing anything, anyone, and labeling it “Mohammed” or any of the variant spellings.
Mind you, I’ve been guilty of blasphemous mockery of things Mormon, and for that I take full responsibility and again apologize to those I have offended (I got kicked off a message board for a mildly snarky top ten list poking fun at the “Mormon Scholars Testify” web site, so I know how sensitive people are about ridicule; again, I apologize, particularly to my friend Dan Peterson). But I’ve thought better of it. I don’t like it when people ridicule my most deeply held beliefs, and it’s wrong for me to do that to others, no matter how vehemently I disagree with those beliefs.
So, yes, I have nothing but contempt for the knuckleheads who threaten people with violence and death because they can’t handle the tiniest bit of criticism or, heaven forbid, humor. Their latest missive calls today “a special day to make many supplications incessantly for the destruction of the kuffar, their armies, their embassies, their flags, their military bases, their houses, their security, their disgusting way of life. May Allah (swt) punish them continuously, destroy their buildings, foil their plans and resurrect this jihad until even the eskimos must remove their sleds from the path of Allah’s auliyya and mujahideen, amin!” Yeah, I know, I’m giving them more attention than they deserve, but what I wanted to say is that our righteous indignation (that’s a Mormon phrase for being justifiably pissed off) should be directed at these brain-dead haters, not at Muslims at large.
It makes no sense to attack or ridicule an entire religion simply because of the asshattery of some doofuses (should that be doofii?) who claim to adhere to that religion. The proper response to these moral cretins is indeed righteous indignation, well-spoken ridicule, and utter disdain. Rather than hate them or attack them, however, the best revenge (if that’s what anyone wants) is to leave them to fester in the sewage of their twisted devotion to hatred masquerading as religion. God, or Allah, or whatever you wish to name Him, is bigger than these people. We should be bigger than them, too. That’s why I’m not drawing a picture of Mohammed. I love and respect my Muslim friends, and I won’t hurt them because an insignificant little group is is overcompensating for something.