It's taken some wrestling for me. I utterly support the freedom of people to draw and say what they like about other people's ideas - and we need to be strong on this - really strong!- in the face of threatened violence.
I can't add a lot in terms of my words here. I completely agree with Dale McGowan on this. But I also share a lot of the trepidation that Melliferax has. After all, I live in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. It's also one of the most peaceful and has low crime between cultures. I don't tend to paint things specifically to offend. Though sometimes they do anyway.
So this one is not to specifically offend.
Is it a painting? I've done this piece using digital media only. It is a depiction. Under those layers, and then erased are an image -now largely removed- of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him if you are so inclined.
And peace be upon the artists depicting him. Let no violence come from those who object to imagery. All that does is make it more powerful anyway.
Edit: **** In light of death threats against the originator, I took the non-image I had made down. If we don't have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, we have nothing.
So here is a post of nothing.
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