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May 20, 2010

Facebookers respond to 'Draw Mohammed Day'

Posted: 11:59 AM ET

Thousands of users posted illustrations of Muslim prophet Mohammed to the web Thursday, responding to a controversial Facebook group that prompted Pakistan to block access to the social-networking site.

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day encourages people to flout the belief by devout Muslims that it is wrong to depict religious figures because it could lead to idol worship. The group has more than 81,000 fans on Facebook.

Creators of the group say they got the idea after recent controversies surrounding the belief. A series of cartoons of Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 led to riots in countries around the world.

At least two European cartoonists live under police protection after drawing Mohammed and, most recently, Comedy Central edited part of the animated show "South Park" because it showed the prophet.

By mid-morning on Thursday, more than 7,300 images had been uploaded to the Facebook page, most of them drawings of Mohammed.

Some are silly. But a quick scan showed many that are crude, and some seemed to be intentionally offensive.

The creators of the page said that's not what they're after - that their message is about free speech, not attacking Islam.

"Enjoy the rest of the day and draw Mohammed however you may like," said a Thursday morning post. "We will of course encourage you to make a creative and humourous picture, instead of something hateful."

Predictably, the group has created backlash. Another Facebook group, called "AGAINST Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," actually had more members - about 96,000, as of Monday morning.

Recent posts on that page called on members to "keep protesting against those filthy pages" and report the Draw Mohammed page to Facebook as being objectionable.

But a Facebook spokesman said the page does not violate any of the site's terms. A glitch prevented some users from accessing the page briefly Monday morning, but he said that was technical and has been fixed.

"We want Facebook to be a place where people can openly discuss issues and express their views, while respecting the rights and feelings of others," he said Thursday.

"With now more than 400 million users from around the world, who have varying cultures and ideals, using Facebook as a place to discuss and share things that are important to them, we sometimes find people discussing and posting about topics that others may find controversial, inaccurate, or offensive."

He did, however, suggest Facebook is monitoring the situation closely.

"When these feelings, or any content reported to us becomes an attack on anyone, including Muslim people, it will be removed and further action may be taken against the person responsible," he said.

He said Facebook is disappointed with Pakistan's decision to block the site and is considering legal action.

Pakistan's government issued an order Wednesday blocking Facebook for an indefinite time because the site had not removed the page.

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Franko   May 24th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

 "A painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve."
 "Take alms of their wealth."
 "Allah is free from obligation to the idolaters, and (so is)
 His messenger." - Allah and Muhammad are not bound by treaties
 made with idolaters
 Quick, convert to Islam, put on a suicide bomb vest, go meet Allah.

Peace   May 25th, 2010 3:46 am ET

As SaryBasha said above "Victory to PEACE." Good had once again taken over the evil :-}

RANA   May 25th, 2010 5:42 am ET

at last this most foolish activity from the brainless people has been deleted.

Peace   May 26th, 2010 2:21 am ET

Franko honey, stop biting your nails 🙂

Franko   May 26th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

 Re; Jack so Stupid - "Franko, your an idiot. Your just taking
 verse out of the Qur'an and taking them completely out of context"
 Analysis from video – What Islam West Needs Know –
 Mohamed delivers messages from Allah
 Directives against non-Muslims change over time
 Most recent abrogates (replaces) the older directives.
 Violent Jihad untill all are subjugated
 Contemplative, self improvement Jihad, only after

Franko   May 26th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

  My reply is is awaiting moderation
  Anyway, watch the suggested video
  Peace and good will, even if Islam mandates violence

Asad   May 27th, 2010 7:15 am ET

Freedom of speech or freedom of hatred....please choose... if insulting 1.5 billion people is freedom of speech then we have to think again about moral principles. Mr. papigino is spreading hatred.

Franko   May 27th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Your comment is awaiting moderation
Testing - The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog – 1234567890

Franko   May 27th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

To; Asad - "Freedom of speech or freedom of hatred"

Finally, someone is thinking
Stone for a stone - eye for an eye - cartoon for a cartoon

There is an edict which abrogates, hence the reason for escalation

AC   May 27th, 2010 2:52 pm ET

ok my 3 cents worth. I am completely against how this whole thing was handled by FB, At the same time, I will defend free speech as one of my personal commandments., but respect and morals must also be considered in any topic that is raised...we can all agree.

Free speech and respect are divided by a very fine line in this part of the world, but we should also convey and inherit tolerance to counteract anything that may cross them lines if used primarily for diologue, as long as no violence is threatened or acted upon, then one does so in their own judgement but still has that right. This is something middle easterners will never understand under totalitarian religious regimes, no democracy, no central clergy acting as a single voice, and lack of education. Yes education. I do not intend this as a slander because it is the truth, and I would like to touch up on this.

If you are a muslim in the Middle East, ask yourself why there are people in higher authority displaying so much wealth in villas, helicopters, jets, cars etc, but the majority are so poor and uneducated?
Why are most governments in that region not investing in education, universities, investing in the future generations?
Why is that wealth held by so few?
Where is the investment in universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkley etc
Why not one well known university in this region that draws people from around the world?

The way many of us see this in the west, lack of investment in education has created a void or vacuum to be filled in by whomever, which is extremely dangerous in any society. In many parts, the quran has been their only education which can be good...but many bad clerics filling that void do all the educating with no central authority in charge of ovelooking this creating so much hatred for anything the west represents. I understand it is a small bunch of Apples in comparison to the majority, but it is a big enough number to cause global issues. You are losing generations of people to this failed way of thinking and lack of control...this is what I would be bringing up with high authority in that region.

It is easy for the world to blame the USA for everything from the current world status to having no running water, and if you honestly believe that, ask yourselves what your leaders are doing for you, what are they doing about this world crisis before us?
Should we not all be together in rooting out this evil that is causing these tensions, working together shutting down these terror camps that are allowed to exist.

As much misdirected anger there is in the world towards the US, what would this world be without us? Without so many people that care regardless of religion or gender, without all the aid we provide, without being the first ones to provide in any disaster man made or not, believe me we do much more good than the shady backroom government deals that seem to poison the image of how everything in the west is done, again I blame education and a lack thereof. the U.S cannot not go about this alone.

Franko   May 29th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

 There are theme parks where people act as of centuries ago
 Camel drivers, terrorizing with swords, are now ineffective
 For effective terrorizing
 You have to upgrade to remotely controlled Predator drones

Franko   June 3rd, 2010 3:21 pm ET

 Mohamed, the perfect man, did not die in battle
 Did he go to Heaven, or did Saint Peter send him to Hell ?
 In modern times, Mohammed would be on a most wanted list
 Your regular serial killer Psychopath, or perhaps a Bankster ?
 Pretending peaceful religion, while being scriptured otherwise
 Is like removing the I out of Islam - 〠

Sam   June 6th, 2010 8:23 am ET

oh, i ment in the statement "Third, it seems to me that everyone is upset that a cartoonist here was threatened my a very VERY small group" to say "by a very Very small group."

henry kenneth   September 16th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

i would draw a pic of a black mohamed eating barbequed pork ribs LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kian Gray   October 4th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

i can say that i miss jacko so much coz i am one of his die hard fans",.

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I'd say without a doubt that the character mitch is dead since he was shown drowning in the chamber. We may be on strike and will say that any indication to a third movie we'll leave to speculation.

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