Happy first annual Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!
We don’t need to be perfectly consistent philosophically or historically or theologically to assert what is special and unique not just about the United States, with its bizarre and wonderful articulation of the First Amendment, but the greater classical liberal project comprising not just the “West” (whatever that is) but human beings in whatever town, country, or planet they inhabit. And at the heart of the liberal project is ultimately a recognition that individuals, for no other reason than that they exist, have rights to continue to exist. Embedded in all that is the right to expression.
No one has a right to an audience or even to a sympathetic hearing, much less an engaged audience. But no one should be beaten or killed or imprisoned simply for speaking their mind or praying to one god as opposed to the other or none at all or getting on with the small business of living their life in peaceful fashion. If we cannot or will not defend that principle with a full throat, then we deserve to choke on whatever jihadists of all stripes can force down our throats.
from “Why We’re Having an Everybody Draw Mohammed Contest on Thursday May 20” by Nick Gillespie
Such a funny cartoon:
Maybe my affection for this cartoon is due to my current context of careless typos and jumps in student reasoning, but I found this cartoon HILARIOUS.
(it could also be due to my cold-medicine induced haze)
(I’ve still got an hour and a half left to Easter, so…)