Thursday, May 13, 2010

I applaud your stance against the censorship of “South Park” (“Comedy Central caves to terrorism,” Comment & Analysis, April 26). I now urge you to also participate in “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” on May 20, an event proposed by a Seattle cartoonist.

Unfortunately, drawings of the prophet may offend moderate Muslims, which is not the intent. However, the threat of violence to suppress free speech is unacceptable in a free society. The goal of Draw Muhammad Day is to stand up for that principle.

There are extremists who believe they can impose their religious beliefs on others through intimidation. When we defer to them, as Comedy Central has, we encourage this thuggish behavior. Antagonizing them likely will provoke a violent reaction, but it is vital that we demonstrate the futility of their aggression.

Theo van Gogh was murdered for making a movie critical of Islam. “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are threatened with the same fate. They deserve our solidarity, and I will stand with them by hosting images of Muhammad on my own website. Please stand with us.


Arlington, Va.

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