Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Draw Mohammad Day!!!

I've got one!

But first, from this source:

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan blocked access to Facebook on Wednesday on a court order over a competition encouraging users to post caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the social networking site.
The "blasphemy" caused by a Facebook user who set up a page called "Draw Mohammed Day", inviting people to send in their caricatures of the Muslim prophet on May 20, could inflame parts of the conservative Muslim nation.
Thousands of young people and Muslim faithful had already unleashed an online campaign, leading to isolated protests that grabbed the government's attention and saw the controversial page blocked on Tuesday.
But a group of Islamic lawyers went a step further Wednesday and petitioned the court to order a blanket ban on Facebook in Pakistan.
Islam strictly prohibits the depiction of any prophet as blasphemous and Muslims all over the world staged angry protests over the publication satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in European newspapers in 2006.
"Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed all concerned operators in Pakistan to block website till further order," it announced in a statement.
Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi "strongly condemned" the caricature competition and urged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani "to take immediate action and call a Muslim conference".
Justice Ejaz Chaudhry directed the PTA to block Facebook until May 31, when the Lahore High Court will open a detailed hearing into the case.
The petition also called on the government to lodge a strong protest with the owners of Facebook, lawyer Rai Bashir told AFP.
Facebook, which is based in the United States, was not immediately reachable when contacted by AFP for comment.
The information technology ministry ordered Facebook blocked and PTA was following those directives after already preventing access to the offending page from Tuesday, PTA spokesman Khurrum Mehran told AFP.
The PTA released a toll-free number and email address, asking to be notified of "all similar URLs where such objectionable material is found".
Nayatel, a leading Internet service provider, notified clients that it had blocked access to Facebook until May 31 in compliance with the court order.
"Facebook has been holding a competition to draw caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and has not removed the objectionable hate materials despite thousands of emails from Pakistani Facebook community," it said in a statement.
At least two other service providers confirmed they would follow suit.
Hardline Islamic party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, an ally of the main ruling Pakistan People's Party, welcomed the court order and called for a complete ban on all Western websites "promoting liberal culture and obscenity".

To all of you bloggers and Facebookers out there, I recommend re-posting the Mo Day toons on June 1st just to screw with those who cannot brook any insult to their pedophile prophet.

And now, here's my toon:


Z said...

Wait, if I comment on this cartoon, will I live?
Stay off bicycles and don't produce any films or go to Holland, Brooke :-)
I am not a Facebooker, but good suggestion! xx

Pastorius said...

Would it be ok if I posted this at IBA?

Snarky Basterd said...

Nicely, done, Brooke. And isn't it just like the religion of pieces to block access to images of Mohammad being shown for what he truly is.

Brooke said...

Z: They can't kill us all, though it won't be from lack of trying!

Pastorius: Please, do! :)

SB: Thanks. And yes, the fact that Islam cannot withstand even the slightest mocking speaks to it's weakness and falsehood.

Steve Harkonnen said...

"The Conservative" Muslim nation.

What an effin' JOKE. I spent ten glorious days in Karachi once, much thanks to an effort led by Clinton to get American Sailors to spend money there in order to get PK to supply troops into Mogadishu on a first wave.

And yeah, it's true, each crewmember was handed $300 cash to spend there.

beamish said...

Damn I forgot it was draw Mo day.

I'm gonna go whip up something stick figure.

Chuck said...

And here I thought Facebook was a waste. I stand corrected.

Brooke said...

Steve: I guess the infidel's money is good enough, eh?

Beamish: Please do! Offend an Islamist today!

Chuck: FB IS a waste. But I'm not gonna get into that here...

Krystal said...

No one cares if toonists make fun of Jesus...