Drawings of Mohammed, in Defense of Human Life

Mohammed CartoonIslamists have called for the murder of Salman Rushdie, and have attempted to assassinate him, for his “blasphemous” depiction of Mohammed in his novel The Satanic Verses . . . Islamists slit the throat of Theo van Gogh and stuck a knife in his chest for directing the film Submission, which depicted Islamic violence against women . . . Islamists have threatened to murder Ayaan Hirsi Ali for writing the script and doing the voiceover for Submission . . . Islamists have attempted to assassinate Kurt Westergaard for drawing cartoons of Mohammed . . . Islamists have attempted to assassinate Geert Wilders for producing the film Fitna, which showed that the Koran calls for violence against infidels . . . Islamists have threatened to murder Matt Stone and Trey Parker for depicting Mohammed dressed as a bear in a South Park cartoon . . .

When will this end? Certainly not before those of us who recognize the vital nature of the freedom of speech speak up against such evil.

When and to the extent that individuals are forbidden to express their views, whether by force or threat thereof, they are unable to function in a manner fully conducive to human life; they are unable to act fully on their basic means of living, the judgment of their mind; thus, they are unable to live fully as human beings. They might not be murdered (as van Gogh was). They might not have to go into hiding or have 24/7 security (as Rushdie, Ali, Wilders, and others have had to do). But, to the extent that individuals are forbidden to express their views, their lives are throttled (as Stone and Parker’s have been).

Recognition of this fact is what gives rise to the moral right to freedom of speech: the truth that people morally must be left free to express their views regardless of what others think or feel about those views. This right is not an opinion, nor a gift from “God,” nor a permission from government; it is the recognition of an immutable fact—the fact that a fully human life requires the freedom of expression.

Freedom of speech is also the last leg of civilized society. If we lose it, our only means of returning to a state in which we can live as human beings is to take up arms against those who have forbidden us to speak.

For these reasons, The Objective Standard is participating in “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.” Below are forty-four drawings of Mohammed with the respective artist’s name under each.

We will not be silenced. Ever.


Drawing of Mohammed by Craig Biddle


Drawing of Mohammed by Ari Armstrong


Drawing of Mohammed by Jennifer Armstrong


Drawing of Mohammed by Bosch Fawstin


Drawing of Mohammed by Gideon Reich


Drawing of Mohammed by Martin Lundqvist


Drawing of Mohammed by Barbara Herndon


Drawing of Mohammed by Adam Reed


Drawing of Mohammed by Daniel Wahl


Drawing of Mohammed by Kelly Valenzuela


Drawing of Mohammed by Jenna Becker


Drawing of Mohammed by Francisco Gutierrez


Drawing of Mohammed by Ed Cline


Drawing of Mohammed by Nick Stanley


Drawing of Mohammed by Jason Crawford


"A New America? No thanks!" Drawing of Mohammed by Hannah Krening


Drawing of Mohammed by Charise Mirabal


Drawing of Mohammed by Nicholas Provenzo


Drawing of Mohammed by Ken Andrews


Drawing of Mohammed by Stephen Bourque


Drawing of Mohammed by Stella Daily


Drawing of Mohammed by Sharon Armstrong


Drawing of Mohammed by Mary Barbour


Drawing of Mohammed by Jason McCurdy


Drawing of Mohammed by Michael Garrett


Drawing of Mohammed by Steve Miller


Drawing of Mohammed by Alan Germani


Drawings of Mohammed by David Weatherell


Drawing of Mohammed by Mark Wickens


Drawing of Mohammed by William Green


Drawing of Mohammed by Amit Ghate


Drawing of Mohammed by Andy Fingerhut


Drawing of Mohammed by David Chayes


Drawing of Mohammed by Jeffery Small


Drawing of Mohammed by Martin Gasser


Drawing of Mohammed by Diana Hsieh


Drawing of Mohammed by Richard Watts


Drawing of Mohammed by Meredith McCurdy


Drawing of Mohammed by Gus Van Horn


Drawing of Mohammed by Kyle Haight


Drawing of Mohammed by Greg Perkins


Drawing of Mohammed by Anne Haight


Drawing of Mohammed by Tom da Silva

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