These people drew Muhammad, and nobody got upset – The Washington Post
A D.C.-based blogger came up with a novel approach to countering anti-Muslim bigotry: draw an image of a Muhammad.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, editor of MuslimGirl.net, sought to counter the messaging of controversial American activist Pamela Geller, who presides over an operation widely considered to be a hate group. An event planned by Geller earlier this month in Texas, framed as an action defending free speech and liberty, called for cartoons of the prophet.
The competition provoked two extremist gunmen to open fire on a guard outside the venue; they were later slain by police. Their violent intolerance played into the hands of ideologues like Geller, who seek to use the actions of a radical few to demonize Islam as a whole.
So al-Khatahtbeh offered a useful riposte: “Let’s help Pam draw Muhammad.”
She called on people to submit drawings of Muhammads they kn0w — the name, after all, is one of the most common in the world. She wrote on her blog:
Muhammad is the most common name in the world. Chances are that all know a Muhammad. So, let’s draw Muhammad. Let’s honor his diversity. Let’s celebrate his many different faces. Let’s elevate his humanity. In a bleak world where the Pamela Gellers are the ones with the mic, let’s shine some light on the good.
Some of the submissions: