'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook
106,000 'friends' left by the easel
The Facebook page that encouraged users to post images of Islam's Prophet Mohammed was taken down globally on Friday, following an order by a Pakistani court for ISPs in that country to block the social networking site.
Facebook officials tell the Associated Press they played no role in the removal of the "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" page, which drew more than 106,000 followers, according to this Google cache. The page ignited the fury of many Muslims because Islam considers depictions of the prophet to be blasphemy.
The page had declared Thursday as the day to draw Mohammed to protest against threats radical Muslim groups had made against the creators of US cable TV show South Park for depicting the prophet in a bear suit. In the same episode Jesus was shown watching porn and Buddha snorting cocaine.
The Facebook page prompted the complete censorship of the social networking site in Pakistan, hurting many small businesses that use the site for marketing purposes, the AP said. The blockade was ordered to extend through May 31. ®
Respect is a two way street
Like the vegetarians who expect you to cater to their wants, but will not cook meat for you if you visit them, this is very similar.
Can non-Muslims get alcoholic drinks easily and legally in countries like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia?
Can non-Muslim women wear the same clothes they do at home?
Can non-Muslims behave in their normal everyday way when they are in these countries?
Can non-Muslims practice their religion, if they have one, in these countries?
Secular rights are neither protected or respected by many parts of the Muslim world, and this is not the right way to get non-Muslims to respect your wishes. Grow up and stop being childish. If your faith is challenged by silly things like this, then your faith is not strong enough to withstand the fact that most of the people in the world do not share your beliefs - get over it.
Mine's the one with a picture of the Prophet on it!
if people are going to hold ridiculous beliefs
they should expect to be ridiculed
Nobody forced anybody to use Facebook
Nobody is forcing them to use facebook. Nobody is coming to their homes and posting the cartoons through their letterbox. They use it purely out of choice, especially given that facebook is far from the only social networking site and there are other choices.
A better analogy I think is you staying at a hotel where you know they allow smoking and then deciding to complain about the smell.
If they have a problem with this then the solution is obvious: don't use facebook. Is that really so difficult to do?