July 25th, 2010

red panda eating bamboo

hate vs. hate

An American Muslim cartoonist discusses the fallout from "Draw Muhammad Day". She makes a lot of good points and I had trouble deciding which bit to quote.

As a Muslim in the comics industry I spend more time than is good for my mental health defending the art and the religion I love from each other. Events like the fallout from Draw Muhammad Day make me think I'm wasting my time--the hate runs too deep on both sides. My conscience won't let me support the criminalizing of art, but neither will it let me support a parade of cartoons depicting lurid, racist stereotypes of Arab men and passing them off as satire of a holy figure.

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