Molly Norris, who created the idea of “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day” with a lightweight cartoon, is going into hiding thanks to Islamic fanatics.
The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.
Like it or not, these fanatics do effect the people in the free world. For someone to feel they have to go into witness protection because of making such a mild gesture, frankly, is beyond appalling. Her freedoms and rights are being trampled on. We really can’t let this kind of thing stand or the fanatics will try to intimidate everyone to bowing before their faith. Here’s a video from Christina Rad about Muslim apostates which should be eye opening. You can’t criticize the religion or leave it, under penalty of death. The people in the free world should not put up with this nonsense from the stone age mentality chumps who make these rules.
UPDATE: In Australia, a professor who smoked a page from the Koran and the Bible in YouTube is also under fire. YouTube, owned by Google, had all his 100 videos removed and closed his account. Don’t be evil, Google. [via Amritas]