Thursday, May 20, 2010

Everybody Draw Mohamed Day

Pakistan pulled the plug on Facebook yesterday, angered by its hosting of a "blasphemous" competition to draw the best portrait of the Prophet Mohamed .

...Well here is the link to the drawings , the Facebook page has so far attracted 487 confirmed guests. I think it is silly for Pakistan to ban Facebook, even the former military ruler and president General Pervez Musharraf, now languishing in gilded exile in London, fitfully emits Facebook messages to his dwindling ranks of followers. A popular joke doing the rounds yesterday was that now the court had shut down Facebook, Mr Musharraf had lost his entire constituency.

When you ban a website like Facebook for hosting a page, you only give it more publicity and become a victim of more ridicule. It is not just the Danish cartoonists who can wind up Muslims, anyone can do it. Respect is earned and banning a childish webpage gets the Pakistani government no respect at all.
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