As you all know, the city of Phoenix saw a draw Mohammed contest held near a mosque during Friday prayers. The mosque was apparently one attended by two (now) "martyrs" who went on jihad to Texas to kill attendees at another "Draw Mohammed" contest and ran into some damn fine shooting.
Lesson for Islamist killers: Texas ain't the place for jihad.
The Phoenix contest--whose drawings were never shown by the cowardly mainstream media--and the rally came off peacefully despite threats from Muslims that "blood would be spilt." The fact that it came off peacefully seemed to distress many in the media and on progressive websites and comment boards. Why? The organizers of the contest had asked supporters to come legally armed and ready to use their second amendment rights to protect their first amendment rights.
Imagine! All those guns in the hands of white rednecks and nobody fired a shot! I suspect that the ISIS flag at MSNBC was at half-mast in mourning. What could have been better for the progressives but to have a shoot out! Guess who would have been blamed? Anybody? Anybody? Oh, and by the way, the jihadis decided not to make an appearance . . .
My view on holding "Draw Mohammed" contests?
Sure. Why not?
If you can have a Broadway play that mocks Mormons, an "artistic" exhibition called "Piss Christ," and any number of other art, including paintings, literature, and movies criticizing or mocking Judeo-Christian symbols and values (Monty Python, anybody?) why should Muslims be exempt from criticism or mockery? Is Islam not a religion like the others as its followers claim? If we can't have depictions of Mohammed, do we need to destroy ancient Mughal art which, of course, has depictions of Mohammed? ISIS would respond, yes, but this is America; ISIS doesn't rule here, not yet anyways.
I thought the organizers of the Phoenix contest hit exactly the right themes. As I have written before,
For liberals, the second amendment is a big embarrassment. They cannot accept that private ownership of firearms is in there with the rights to assembly, speech, religion, etc., as a crucial limit on the power of the government over the individual.The first and second amendments to the Constitution are the crown jewels of the Bill of Rights. The organizers of the Phoenix contest were spot on linking the two, and highlighting the role of the second amendment in protecting all our freedoms.
I look forward to more "Draw Mohammed" events.
A big well done to the folks in Phoenix.