Today is “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.”
The day was declared in the aftermath of Comedy Central’s censoring of a recent South Park. Muhammad, who had appeared in 2001 in the episode “Super Best Friends” was depicted wearing a bear suit; Sunni Muslims find depictions of the Prophet offensive, and editorial cartoons in Denmark resulted in death threats to the artists by extremists.
I’m in large agreement with Sam Harris’ perspective on Islam in general — caving into the demands of extremists and engaging in censorship to mollify the extremists only emboldens them and will be counterproductive to the liberalism and modernization of the religion. Harris writes not of South Park, though; he tackles another controversy, the Dutch film Fitna.
My artistic skills, nil as they are, prevent me from drawing anything that could even potentially be taken for the Prophet Muhammad. I did, however, post on Twitter a Tweet, with a Muhammad smiley that I snurched from here. They have a large collection of Muhammad emoticons, though they get somewhat silly and stupid the further down the list you go.