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Religion has long cloaked itself with the social protection from criticism. If for example an atheist were to criticize Christianity and point out how ridiculous the beliefs that Christians hold are, we are demonized and called religious racists and religious bigots (as if that even makes sense).
In fairness to Christians, they don’t usually go around threatening critics with earthly violence (any more). Although there are still plenty of Christians who will “warn” critics about impending eternal torture in the next life. Muslims on the other hand have gotten a bit of a reputation (deserved or not) for “warning” critics not just of a torturous afterlife, but of a shortened actual life.
This is in large part why a number of atheists have decided to organize a “Draw Mohammad Day” on Thursday the 20th of May. Since some Muslims extremists claim that depictions of the Prophet Mohammad are blasphemous and that those who do depict his image should be killed or at the very least censored.
While I can sort of understand if Muslims restricted themselves from depicting their prophet (actually, no I really can’t), restricting others from depicting Mohammad is just too far. For the record, there are Muslims who don’t have a problem with other people depicting Mohammad and only see that rule as an “in house” rule only pertaining to other Muslims. However there is no doubt that a significant number of Muslims intend for that rule to pertain to everyone.
It is often argued by both Christians and Muslims that atheism is a religion too. This is of course absurd, but for one day I will actually accept that position. On May 20th and only on that day Atheism will be a religion. Since religion has the social immunity from criticism, I think that our holiday “Draw Mohammad Day” should be immune from criticism. It is our deeply held religious holiday that everyone should draw or otherwise depict Mohammad in any way one likes.
You can’t criticize us, this is our protected religion. If we are happy with the results, we will probably have a Blasphemous Jesus Day. Being a religion has it perks I guess. So atheists might as well borrow those perks every now and then.
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