I was stunned to discover that “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” last year’s mass warped exercise in going out of the way to insult the religious beliefs of fine, upstanding, moral Muslims world-wide, is supposed to be an annual event. I would have thought that the justifiable abuse heaped on serial Islam-provoker Rev. Terry Jones would have shown the organizers of EDMD the error of their ways (which I correctly pointed out to them here, and here). But no. The self-styled defenders of the undoubted right to use freedom of expression recklessly and badly still claimed to be standing up for the sullied rights of the “South Park” creators, who last year had their show censored by cowardly and hypocritical “Comedy Central” suits after a threat by some Muslim nut-jobs. For their part, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have happily moved on to the more profitable work of making fun of Mormons on Broadway, because they won’t kill you. Meanwhile, the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” Facebook pages has about 180 fans, or a few less than the “Happy Birthday, Martin Van Buren” page.
About 12 people actually drew the Prophet this time around, and the event got the publicity it deserved: virtually none. The fact that it occurred at all in 2011 proved that, as I surmised last year, most of the renegade artists were seeking publicity rather than principle, and that their calculus of the ethical issues involved was shaky at best, negligent at worst.
Beating a dead horse is usually just dumb, not unethical, but any Muslims, minding their own business and trying to worship as they please, who were offended yesterday by encountering a graphic rendition of the Holy Prophet as a madman or Gumby or a duck have every reason to feel abused. They are the victim of a pointless protest that doesn’t do a thing to preserve creative expression, and only shows how irresponsible it can be.