One More Muhammad Cartoon Drawing Event
I didn’t hear about it in time to post sooner. It happened last night.
This time, it was outside a Mosque
I read about it over at the Friendly Atheist, run by Hemant Mehta. Hemant was very critical of the demonstration and its organizer. It was not upholding freedom of speech. If that were the purpose, there would be no need to gather outside a mosque where men were praying. A demonstration of this type has just one purpose: to make trouble.
I agree completely. This guy running this is an atheist who sells T-shirts that say “F— Muslims.” He’s the kind of person we don’t want on our side. Stirring up trouble just for the sake of stirring up trouble will not do anybody any good.
The local imam said all the right things. “Everybody has a right to be a bigot. Everybody has a right to be a racist. Everybody has a right to be an idiot,” Imam Shami said. He advised his followers not to engage with the protesters. He said, “They are not here to conduct an intellectual discussion.” The Council on American Islamic Relations (
Fortunately, things apparently didn’t get violent. Protesters and counter-protesters lined the sides of the street and yelled at each other as policemen stood in the center to keep them apart. Not the best situation, by far. But it could have been a lot worse.