Indian Muslims Demand Government Ban Facebook Over Mohammad Cartoons
The recent “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” was not as successful as promoters had hoped but it has still provoked ire from Indian Muslims. The event, inspired by a cartoon by American cartoonist Molly Norris, who went on to disavow it, went off to tepid participation on May 20th, promoted by a Facebook social networking page. Now a number of Muslim organizations are demanding that Facebook be permanently be banned from Indian computers. The controversial page has been removed for now.
India, though a secular country, was the first to ban Salman Rushdie’s SATANIC VERSES. USA NEWS WEEK is reporting:
An association of lawyers in Pakistan argued that drawing picture of the Holy Prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam and a Pakistani court banned the networking site. Pakistan also banned YouTube over “sacrilegious” content.
Arab News reported that Saudi Arabia has also blocked a controversial page of Facebook that ridicules an Islamic ban on depicting Prophet Muhammad. The paper said that the kingdom’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) blocked the page that marked May 20 as ” Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.”