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30 May 2006 @ 07:11 pm
T-shirts for Freedom...  
Today I saw this on snopes.com...

Photographs show placard-bearing Muslim protesters in London.

To quote South Park, regarding the whole Muslim cartoon flap recently...

"Freedom of speech is at stake here, don't you all see? If anything, we should all make cartoons of Mohammad, and show the terrorists and the extremists that we are all united in the belief that every person has a right to say what they want! Look, people, it's been real easy for us to stand up for free speech lately. For the past few decades we haven't had to risk anything to defend it. But those times are going to come! And one of those times is right now. And if we aren't willing to risk what we have, then we just believe in free speech, but we don't defend it!"

To that end, I've gotten off MY end and made something I've been threatening to. Stick Mohammad.



On the one hand, it is a cartoon of Mohammad, which the extremists and terrorists believe there should be NONE of, not even by non-Muslims. Therefore, it is a blow for free speech. On the other hand, it's perfectly modern in that there is no way it's going to insult anyone except hardcore extremists. He doesn't have a bomb, he's not the wrong shade of brown, it's not an inflammatory font, he's not unhappy or angry. Your barber down the block is not going to accuse you of calling all Muslims violent hateful people for wearing it.

It's also easy to draw in public places, if you want to follow the South Park advice of "we should all make cartoons of Mohammad", although I personally am against vandalism.

And if you want to publicly support free speech with this cartoon, you can also purchase shirts of this in white or black, women's sizes available, at my cafepress store...

http://www.cafepress.com/relaxorium

There are three shirts available, heaped in with the relaxorium merchandise. I've placed the price at only 1$ above cost, in the meagre hopes of maybe selling enough of these to get one free shirt for myself.

This post will remain unlocked and public in case you want to help me support free speech by linking back here.
 
 
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hakuenhakuen on May 31st, 2006 05:56 am (UTC)
As soon as I get un-broke? (in... like... two months I hope?? XD;;) ALL OVER IT. ♥_♥

You rock, so much. *glomps*
Frittersfritters on May 31st, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Super glad you like it ^_^ Feel free to repost! But your opinion is way valid to me, so glad you like!
postrophe on May 31st, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)
... no way it's going to insult anyone except hardcore extremists...

My view:
On one hand, it'll anger people who are already angry...

On another hand, it'll anger people who are already angry...

(Insert words "anyway" and/or "enough" as desired...)

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Garykingu on May 31st, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
I am extremely offended that you didn't include other religious icons, give him a huge phallus, or choose to put him on a stick.

Therefore it isn't art. :)

(I'll look at the link tomorrow, I need a new shirt.)
Fritters: TT SF Giggle by shamanic_nurikofritters on May 31st, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
You want a version with him on a cross with a woodie??
The Voice Of Reason: Rukia bloodellonwye on May 31st, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
omg I'm putting a jihad on you

I can't believe people died in this whole hoo-hah over a cartoon.
Fritters: TT SF Giggle by shamanic_nurikofritters on May 31st, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, I got your jihad hanging.

Stick jihad ~_^

I don't expect this to get popular enough to get dangerous for me, honestly, but if it does, still a good cause...

Nikki Fayre: Peacenfayre on May 31st, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
I like your style!
As I mentioned, I recently bought 1984 and I've started reading it at home (I have another book for at work). I was reading the Newspeak appendix last night, and I was struck by how similar it is to some aspects of the Islamic culture. I'm going to have to check once I get home tonight so I can find the correct quote, but there some really good points in there. For example, the people did not have to understand an idea in order for it to be heretical, and also a concept was good if it was done by your government and bad if done by another government.

All in all, that book is starting to scare me, and I'm three pages into the story, and on the B Vocabulary in the appendix... The other thing I noticed is that people speak a modified version of Newspeak.

The nice thing about your comic is that you can display him (without the name) and no one will know who it is except for us enlightened ones :)

Freedom of speech is important. Freedom of thought even more so. If people don't like the fact that their adopted countries have these liberties they should get the bloody hell out and go back where they came from... After all, they knew what the country was like before they came... /endrant...
Fritters: V - Not about Bush by enlisted_smilefritters on May 31st, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I like your style!
The nice thing about your comic is that you can display him (without the name) and no one will know who it is except for us enlightened ones :)

...that sorta defeats the point.

Freedom of speech is important. Freedom of thought even more so. If people don't like the fact that their adopted countries have these liberties they should get the bloody hell out and go back where they came from... After all, they knew what the country was like before they came... /endrant...

Hallelujah, baby.
Nikki Fayre: Peacenfayre on June 1st, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: I like your style!
Of course it defeats the point! I was having a silly moment.

As for the rest...

Well, I mean, give me a break...

I'd love to go traveling all over the world, but you know what?

I've flat out told my boss that I will not go to the Middle East. A) They wouldn't listen to me since I don't have a dangly piece between my legs, and B) It's too friggin dangerous for anyone not of the correct tribe. Not even all Muslims are safe, because if you're not from the same group, you're fair game as a target. Plus, that whole thing about having next to no rights... Not touching that with a ten foot pole. So I make the choice not to go there. They can chose not to come here as well. You know the rules coming in. It's not like they're a surprise or anything. This is also why I get upset every time I see a news article about a Sikh who's upset because they can't wear their ceremonial dagger to school. I mean, come on! It's a God Damn KNIFE people. No weapons in our schools. Period. No exceptions. Why should they get special treatment?! Or my other favorite: Everyone must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. But not those of a religious denomination that requires their hair be covered... You know what? Then don't ride a bike... Walk, bus, whatever... Again with the special treatment. What good are rules and laws if they don't apply to everyone???

And again with the rantiness...

But then, the whole thing with these fanatics is that all the rest of us are evil and must die. They don't believe in the same freedoms that we take foregranted. I'd love to hand them a copy of 1984 for them to read, but I really truly believe that even if they did read it, they wouldn't comprehend it or see the parallels...

So, I don't hate them, and I'm not even really angry with them.

I pity them. And I sort of think that's worse than either of the other two...
the amazing kitty witchtigerkat on May 31st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
OMG! I love your icon!

And I love your post, very well said about an important topic.
Fritters: Ed Happy BIG by Frittersfritters on May 31st, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Lovely to hear! Feel free to spread it about in a liberal manner, like a well-made unguent ^_^
Fritters: V - Not about Bush by enlisted_smilefritters on June 1st, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, by the by, the icon is gankable with credit to enlisted_smile...
JL Wounded Healer: allahbrotherskeeper1 on July 7th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Respectfully I submit that I am a Roman Catholic working with the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis and two Muslim scholars to promote peace and understanding between non-Muslims/Christians and Muslims.

I cannot see how making fun of their prophet will make things better. "To show them that you're united" and to use the right to freedom of speech isn't going to achieve your goal.

There has been enough anger and inciting others will not help Americans anywhere.

I'm not trying to debate or argue with you, just tossing out a thought.
Fritters: TT Raven Ehhhrrr by ellonwyefritters on July 7th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
How am I making fun of him? He's happy. If I'm making fun of anything it's my lack of ability to draw...
JL Wounded Healer: night longbrotherskeeper1 on July 7th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Perhaps I misunderstood. I thought you were going to add some offensive wording... I will admit that your stickman looks better than mine do =)
Peace.
Fritters: Ed Nodding by Frittersfritters on July 7th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
No, no, that's the whole design. Just a happy, peaceful mohammad.

And stickmen are waaaay easier with photoshop helping.
barking at the moon.: send cheneysleepyheada3 on December 9th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
I will post it in my userinfo and on my myspace. I'd like to spread the message.
barking at the moon.sleepyheada3 on December 9th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
ps. that link only goes to the site, not the shirt :[ I want it for christmassss
Fritters: Ed Stars by Frittersfritters on December 9th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
If you scroll down about one and a half times there are shirts in black and in white..
Fritters: Ed Happy BIG by Frittersfritters on December 9th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Ah, that's fantastic! Thanks so much!