This is a masonic ring.
According to the rules of the Society of Freemasons, only a Freemason is allowed to wear the ring.
But if I wanted to, I could wear one. Because I’m not a Freemason.
Well, yea. It does. If you’re the member of Group X, you have to follow the rules of Group X. However, if you’re not in Group X, you don’t have to adhere to the rules of Group X, because they do not apply to you. So because I’m not a Freemason, the rule “only a Freemason can wear a masonic ring” doesn’t apply to me, and I’m in no way morally obligated to follow it.
Are you with me so far?
This is Mohammed, the prophet of the Islamic religion.
Islam has a rule that says you are not allowed to draw the prophet Mohammed. Fine. They can have whatever silly fucking rules they want. However, since I am not a Muslim, that rule doesn’t apply to me.
Only people who are Muslims are obligated to follow Muslim rules. Non-Muslims are not. In any way.
That’s the way it works, folks. It’s not intolerance. It’s not racism. It’s not cultural insensitivity. It’s purely a matter of liberty and consent. If I agree to join a group, then I also agree to adhere to that group’s code… but only then.
If you think the Qur’an is sacred and that a depiction of Mohammed is blasphemous, you have every right to believe that. But you do not have the right to demand that other people believe it as well.
This is Anwar al-Awlaki, an Islamic cleric. (He calls himself an imam, but I’m not Islamic, so I don’t have to call him that.)
He’s making headlines recently for placing Molly Norris, the woman responsible for “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” on an execution hit list. Which is a bit gauche. Execution hit lists are so 80s.
Anyway, the point is, this crazy mother fucker believes that this woman should be killed for not following a rule that only applies to members of a religion that she isn’t a part of. This is beyond disrespectful. This is a complete disgrace to freedom.
Why do we allow these crazy assholes to even act like they have the right to tell us what to do, say or think? Why do we give in to the unsubstantiated whims of a culture that hasn’t even progressed past the Renaissance? Why do we let them waltz into the marketplace of ideas and demand that we bend over backwards to respect and adhere to their archaic code under the guise of “cultural sensitivity” or “tolerance,” only to threaten and intimidate anyone who disagrees?
I’ve got news for you Bronze-age bastards. You do not get to use your freedom of speech to threaten others for exercising theirs. Your violent, antiquated belief system is an insult to human intelligence and to humanity itself, and if you don’t like it, you can kiss my black ass.
Because any religion, cult, creed or philosophy that demands compliance and threatens dissidents and critics with death isn’t worthy of even an iota of my respect.