For those who haven't heard yet, it's "Draw Mohammad" Day. I've heard though that not only is drawing a human depiction of Mohammad is against Islam, but ANY sort of tangible depiction of him is a no-no. So today, I'd like to not only show you photos of the latest things I got rid of, but declare them to be depictions of Mohammad.
Why am I doing this today? To join the others in saying that no group should ever be free from satire. Equally important: we shouldn't put a limits on free speech just because we might offend somebody. Every ideological group is bound to be offended at some time or another, but nobody has the inherent right to never be offended. Islam does not get special treatment.
"But Bill, not all Muslims are terrorists." Well, no kidding. But even if it's only 1% of Muslims who harbor these anti-USA, anti-all-non-Muslim sentiments, we're still talking about 14 million people. If there wasn't such a violent stink over what Danish cartoonists have done, there wouldn't have BEEN a "Draw Mohammad Day" in the first place.
"But Bill, those terrorists aren't REAL Muslims. Islam is the religion of peace." Sorry, but no. You don't get to redefine "Muslim" to only refer to only the well-behaved ones. If they're killing people in the name of Allah, abiding by all of the dietary and clothing laws in the Koran, facing Mecca five times a day for prayer, and using passages from the Koran to directly justify their actions...then that means their religion is Islam, whether you like it or not. By definition, that makes them Muslims too.
Now then, let's have a look:
I have long hair, and when you have long hair, it gets around. After moving most of the stuff out of my old apartment, I scraped my shoe along the floor in those impossible-to-vacuum places. I decided to see just how big of a hairball I could scrape up. The case on the lower left is the size of a CD cases. I purposely put it there so that you could get an idea of the size of Mohammad (the hairball).
The CD case isn't actually a CD case, though. When you open it, the tray holds a 3.5" floppy disc. (And just when I thought I got rid of them!) I've never seen another case like this before. But it was a resume-writing program I remember buying in college. Well needless to say, I haven't used it in years. And if I did want such a thing again, I'm sure I could find a superior one and buy it for less.
And finally, you see Allah, transcended here as a paper tube. I had a lot of these around, hiding behind my forced-open bedroom door. No reason for it. Out you go.
Before I go, I'd like to recommend the site "Islam: the Religion of Peace (and a whole stack of dead bodies)."
- Dio, song "The Man Who Would Be King"