In 2005, a newspaper held a contest for an illustrator to draw pictures of the Prophet Muhammad for an offensive childrens’ book on the Islamic religion. The winning images were published in the newspaper, but when the article was republished in 2006 and caught the attention of Muslim leaders, all hell broke loose. Buildings were burned and many people were killed.

If I were the editor of the newspaper, I would not have printed the images of the Prophet Muhammad because certain people have certain beliefs. Being extremists or not, it would still be dishonorable to go against their requests to not depict their God and it isn’t worth risking lives over. The newspaper could please the Islamic community and avoid self censoring by making images of Muhammad without bombs or any form of racism whatsoever.


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