Douche of the Week: Drawing Mohammad
By SGT Awesome
A local veteran has decided that the previous draw Mohammad event in Texas wasn’t quite controversial enough and has decided to hold another one right here in Phoenix. There are a couple significant differences, however: he plans to do it outside a mosque while it is holding prayer service and he plans to do it with a bunch of his armed biker friends (again, presumably because anything Texas can screw up he wants to screw up worse).
I am all for free speech—especially that which offends—because that’s a defining test to see if you truly do have freedom. However when you come to my house uninvited and you come as an armed mob, you aren’t looking for honest discourse or rational debate. You’re looking for a violent encounter.
There is almost zero chance of any violence that could occur not escalating in a dangerous and exponential manner.
What you’re doing is you’re taking a hurricane to the butterfly and just waiting for it to flap its wings so you can lay the blame upon it.
That’s bullshit my friends.
No, not chaos theory. Chaos theory is actually awesome. What is bullshit is the act of setting up the Jenga tower to fall via any possible touch and then challenging someone to play as though you’re the superior Jenga expert.
This is especially heinous because you’re in the right! You can draw Mohammad eating Vishnu’s 12 cocks all day long if you want and I will support your right to do so with my dying breath. (note: Vishnu may or may not have 12 cocks, it wasn’t something I was going to put into Google to find out)
The problem is all about intent.
If you publish a cartoon or picture in a newspaper or on television of Mohammed you are fighting for speech and its sacred need to be uncensored. You are declaring to the world that speech itself is worthy of protection more so than any individual or group’s feelings on it.
When you go to a mosque during a prayer service with your armed mob you aren’t defending speech. You aren’t defending anything. You’re going on the offensive. You are instigating and you absolutely are the aggressor of any violence, if only morally.
You wish to make a statement about freedom of speech or about Islam? Go alone, go unarmed, and here’s the tough part: try opening a dialogue with those who you don’t understand rather than starting out by shitting on their doorstep and insisting you’re just there to talk.
When you seek out violence you are making yourself look like a fool and because you’re a veteran, the rest of us get painted in that same light.
I support your right to be a douche every day of the week (in fact I’ve dedicated this whole week just to you). I support your right to use provocative and inciting language. I even support your right to do what you intend to do.
But I will use my words with no threat of violence behind them to urge my fellow veterans to not follow in his footsteps. Do not run around like a vigilante posse looking for a fight. Do not attempt to create larger rifts in our society when the goal is to mend them.
Do not forget what made this country so great.
This country is great because its people are free, even the assholes.
This country is great because it allows all a voice, not just some.
This country is great because it is inclusive, not divisive.
Though I guess what else should I expect from the lowest common denominator but to continue to divide.