Five years ago, a cartoonist with The Seattle Weekly, shocked by the way Comedy Central had censored "South Park" after the usual threats from violent Muslims, proclaimed May 20th as "Everybody Draw Mohammed" Day. What was novel about this particular promotion was that the cartoonist, Molly Norris, was not a "right-wing" "Islamophobe" but a liberal progressive, and therefore a rare if not all but unique example of a feminist leftie recognizing that the Islamic enforcers were a threat to her way of life. This was a very welcome development.Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.
Unfortunately, Miss Norris was not so much recognizing reality as blissfully unaware of it. When the backlash against her idea began, she disassociated herself from it and signed off with - Lord help us - a peace symbol.
The reflex to shut down free speech (and yes, cartoons are a form of speech) is one of the things that most disturbs me about progressivism. They, of course, rarely acknowledge that they want to shut down free speech – they weave calming words around the notion, casting it as a right to be unoffended, rather than as a curb on free speech. That's just a marketing ploy, though. The reality is that they want you to stop saying whatever it is that they don't want to hear.
To which I say, “Fuck off, progressives!”