Pam Geller doesn’t know much about Islam or Muslims, that much is clear. What she does know, however, is how to rally the troops to incite racism. From funding Islamophobic bus ads to maximizing offensive Muslim stereotypes, it’s clear that there’s only one thing on her agenda — and that’s hate.
In response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks earlier this year, Pam is hosting “The Inaugural Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” in Texas on May 3, 2015. She wants to display all the most offensive Muhammad cartoons she can get her hands on. And she’s calling on the public to compete in who can be more offensive to the Islamic religion.
It’s public knowledge by now that depictions of Prophet Muhammad are forbidden and offensive to Muslims, so as to not deify who we believe to be the final messenger of the one true God. Unfortunately, some severely misguided people take this to the extreme and respond to Muhammad depictions in unspeakable ways. We don’t think depictions of Muhammad are a huge deal — and we say that because we believe the Muslim people have bigger fish to fry — but what makes it a huge deal is when it’s hijacked by Islamophobes to project their anti-Muslim sentiment.
Pam Geller tries to conceal her abominable hate speech against Muslims as her fighting for “free speech.” Knowing that it is offensive to over a billion Muslims around the world who just want to live in peace, she targets all Muslims in her press-needy antics. But the thing is, this is not about free speech. It’s about common decency. It’s about tolerance. It’s about pluralism.
So, we thought, why not push back against the hate — with love?
Muhammad is the most common name in the world. Chances are that all know a Muhammad. So, let’s draw Muhammad. Let’s honor his diversity. Let’s celebrate his many different faces. Let’s elevate his humanity. In a bleak world where the Pamela Gellers are the ones with the mic, let’s shine some light on the good.
Draw a Muhammad in your life and post it on social media with the hashtag #DM2015. We’ll be reposting awesome submissions to our full Facebook album here. Let’s help Pam draw Muhammad.
Photo and video by Aymann Ismail. Hosted by Hebah Akram Khan. Concept by Mohammed Barakat.