Gird your loins and secure your houses, May 20th has been declared the (non)official Draw Mohammad Day. The point of this gesture is to show support of Matt Stone and Trey Parker who have received threats based upon their South Park episode which depicted the Prophet Mohammad. Actually, the point is to really protest against religious strong-arm tactics and stand up to the intolerant.

As we all know, Comedy Central cowed in terror and edited the episode that sparked this controversy. The main point to this whole thing is that as Americans who treasure freedom of speech we cannot allow any form of extremism to interfere with our way of life. Just because radical Islamists threaten us whenever we do something they don’t like doesn’t mean we should be giving in to their threats. This just empowers them. The real disgusting thing about what Comedy Central did is that they are so inconsistent in what is acceptable and offensive and what is not. I remember seeing an episode of South Park where Jesus and Santa Clause get into a big fight. It was semi-offended, but it didn’t inspire me to kill or even threaten anyone. So if Jesus and Santa can blow each other up with guns why can’t Mohammad be depicted as a bear?

The bottom line is that this kind of timidity is exactly how Europe has responded to radical Islam and as a result you see a soft slide where Sharia law has a real influence on actual law in many European countries. Leftist immigration laws have allowed radical Islam to flourish in Europe, but people like Geert Wilders are standing up to it finally (I encourage you to read his speech that is linked in this paragraph). In support of this great idea I think it appropriate to leave you with a portion of this speech given by Wilders:

Ladies and gentlemen, we should defend the right to freedom of speech. With all our strength. With all our might. Free speech is the most important of our many liberties. Free speech is the cornerstone of our modern societies. Freedom of speech is the breath of our democracy, without freedom of speech our way of life our freedom will be gone.

I believe it is our obligation to preserve the inheritance of the brave young soldiers that stormed the beaches of Normandy. That liberated Europe from tyranny. These heroes cannot have died for nothing. It is our obligation to defend freedom of speech. As George Orwell said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe in another policy, it is time for change. We must make haste. We can’t wait any longer. Time is running out. If I may quote one of my favourite American presidents: Ronald Reagan once said: “We need to act today, to preserve tomorrow”.

So, if you have any artistic skill I’d be happy to link to or post any illustrations on May 20th.