Well that didn't go quite as planned, did it, Elton?Submitted by skrapmetal at 2015-05-06 09:47:09 EDT
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You've all seen the story about the two guys who drove from Phoenix to go shoot up the "Draw Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas the other day. These guys put on body armor, grabbed what are being described as "assault weapons" (although that has not been verified against the actual definition), and pulled up next to a car containing an unarmed security guard and an off-duty traffic cop. They got out and started shooting, hitting the security guard in the ankle. The traffic cop and a couple off-duty SWAT team members returned fire, dropping the two assailants neatly and completely. So, yay.
It came out later that one of them, Elton Simpson, had been on the gov't radar and had been given probation for lying to the feds about wanting to go get terrorist training. Though it's a crime to lie to the feds, it turns out it's not a crime for them to lie to you in the course of their investigation, but that's another topic. The other guy, Nadir Soofi, was Simpson's roommate in Phoenix but apparently wasn't known to the feds. ISIS, the radical Islamic terror group, has claimed the attack as theirs. Right after that claim was made, this happened.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the attack, saying "We condemn yesterday's attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, without reservation. We also reiterate our view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence." So, yay.
Is drawing a cartoon of Mohammed is considered "anti-Islam" and "bigoted speech" because because the Q'Ran prohibits images of the prophet to be made? Nope. That's not in their Book anywhere. Really. In fact, there are many paintings and statues of Mohammed throughout areas controlled by radical Islamic groups like ISIS and Taliban. There are rapidly becoming fewer non-Islamic paintings and statues in these areas, because the Q'Ran *does* say such are "idols" and must not be worshipped. It's not the drawing of the image of Mohammed that upset Elton and Nadir to go get immediately killed in their impotent attack. It's that the images were not made by Muslims, in reverence and worship of the prophet. They were drawn by cartoonists, in a contest, to win money. And probably, to make a point about free speech. And, okay, maybe a little bit to piss off some people like ol' Elton and Nadir over there, on the ground, bleeding out and thinking 'we should have trained a bit more maybe'.
Here in the USofA we have the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, which says being an asshole by drawing cartoons is pretty much legal and if you don't like it you can be offended and angry all you want and that's just tough titty. Witness http://www.jesusandmo.net/ , a webcomic in which Jesus and Mohammed are depicted as fairly close roommates. Other places, like say, Saudi... not so much. There, the law is that when you insult Islam by drawing a cartoon of Mohammed for an irreverent purpose, you get the Hammer o' Justice dropped on you.
But here in AmericaFuckYeah, you do not have the right to not be offended. If you don't want to eat pork or drink alcohol or go out in public with your face uncovered, then by all means don't do those things with the knowledge that the country is full of people who do those things and you don't get to use violence to change that. If you don't want to see irreverent cartoons of your religious figures then don't go to places where you know those cartoons will be on display. Especially you, Elton and Nadir.
I'd do my best to draw Mohammed and post the pic below, but the word "Mohammed" and an arrow pointing to a stick figure with a turban on would not say anything that this pic doesn't say far better.