Sunday, February 05, 2006

Mohammed cartoon contest.

I've been targeting my reading of the last couple months at books involving Islam and the arguments for/against the religion being a "peaceful" one. I marched into my reading with a mind open enough to impress most leftists, but have come away with and 'understanding' that radical Islamists aren't the exception. They're what the moderates would be if they weren't busy making excuses for their extreme brethren. Or more accurately, they run interference for their comrades operating on the front lines. That's why no mass protests for killing in the name of their pseudo-god. That's why no protests when Muslim females are killed by their fathers or brothers for having the gall to get themselves raped. Honor, it seems, means something different in Arabic.

Today I've decided to relieve myself of the burden of giving Islam the benefit of the doubt, which is to say that the casual relationship I had with caring about the "moderate" Islam is irreconcilable.

You see, while the world worries over what the West is doing to inflame Muslim rage, what the Muslims should be worried about is inflaming the rest of the world that wouldn't otherwise work actively against them if it weren't for their burning of embassies because a few artists drew their (accurate) interpretation of some son of a whore named Muhammed. While I can appreciate some conservative opinionist's questioning why a paper needed to poke at Muslim sensitivities, I believe it's necessary. It's necessary because civilized people need to see what uncivilized people do when their feelings are hurt.

Civilized people don't call for the beheading of publishers or editors, but it is a perfect way to get people like me really angry and even less sympathetic to the assumed benefit of being Muslim - your unique right to never be offended.

Because I won't resort to violence, I want to get involved in an effort to continue drawing the mainstream Muslim culture - the one rioting, burning and trying to kidnap Westerners - into the open in order to illustrate the institutional violence that (usually) quietly lives in Islam.

As a result, I need help submitting a couple entries in The Infidel Bloggers Alliance Mohammed Cartoon Contest. It's basically a contest to see who can come up with cartoons that REALLY deserve the rage that the G-rated Danish cartoons received. However, I'm not an artist. This is my official call to any artist out there who thinks they could convert my vivid ideas into the winning submission. Of course, all credit will be given to the artist and the drawing, whether it wins or not, and it will be printed onto t-shirts to compliment the line of wearables that are currently being manufactured and will be sold on a soon-to-be-mentioned site.

Please, if you or anyone you know are interested in this endeavor, e-mail me. Other than their time, the artist will not incur any expenses, except for the drinks they buy me after we make our first $10,000.

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