This is America. Land of the free. Home of the brave…and a lot of whack jobs.
A hate-mongering Islamophobic group decided to have a “free speech” event in Garland, Texas. It wasn’t so much as a free speech event as much as it was an event designed to insult and bait Muslims. It worked.
You’d have to be an idiot not to think this event would attract nut jobs, even the violent type. There was a ton of security. So much that when Islamic terrorist showed up the shooting only lasted about 15 seconds. One security guard, who was unarmed, was injured. That security guard is probably the only unarmed person in Texas. The two attackers were killed.
This group’s attempt to exercise “free speech” in the form of a “draw Muhammad” contest was a giant bulls eye in the easiest place in the world to buy a gun.
I support everyone’s right to freedom of speech. I exercise it everyday. But that doesn’t mean I can’t say “maybe you shouldn’t say that.” This is America where we have freedom of speech. Every American has a free speech event everyday in this country. You don’t need to rent out a civic center display your hatred stupidity for all the world to see. You have Facebook and Twitter for your covert racist comments.
We have a right to free speech but maybe we should choose how to exercise it more wisely. I’d state that even if there wasn’t a terrorist attack. Maybe we could choose to be less rude and stop provoking people. That doesn’t mean I think anyone should shoot at you because you’re saying some stupid stuff. I don’t think you should be shot at for drawing Muhammad but I also think maybe you should stop trolling people by drawing Muhammad.
And yes. If you draw Muhammad with the intention to anger Muslims then you are being a bigot. In the future you may be a bigot for whom large groups hold candle lit vigils.
My friend, Mike Csotd Peterson, wrote an excellent article on this subject and he shared my cartoon with it on his website, Comic Strip Of The Day.
Mike starts his column off with “Clay Jones comes out of the blocks fast with this response.” Yeah, there’s a reason for that.
I am probably the first cartoonist in this country to cover the subject. Yeah I’m bragging but it’s just because I was probably the only cartoonist awake when the news broke. I wasn’t just awake, I was just starting to draw. I work very late. I had a lame idea on another subject that I was putting off, hoping for better inspiration. Even after I had this subject I sketched out an idea and put that off for over an hour as I felt I could do something better. I probably sketched out three ideas. I can’t share them here because I drew them in pencil which does not scan well. I also erased two of them. I started drawing around 1:00 AM and I know I finished up at 3:00. I know this because that was the time on the microwave as I made celebratory popcorn to eat while lying in bed with the Beagle Chubbs as we watch TV.
Another note on the creativity: I turned the volume down on the TV while I drew and the soundtrack was Foo Fighters. None of their lame latest crap. I was listening to the obscure B-sides from their earlier days. Stuff you’re not cool enough to have ever heard.