Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another Successful Fatwa -- Molly Norris Disappeared

The cartoonist from Seattle who created and published a cartoon poster suggesting an Everyone Draw Mohammed Day , Molly Norris, has disappeared herself so no one else can. Remember she retracted the idea after receiving death threats? Now she has changed her name and no longer exists as her previous identity on the advice of the FBI. The Seattle Weekly announced it like this:
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.

Sounds to me like she and those top security specialists at the FBI are Islamophobic.

Hat Tip: Jihad Watch


fooburger said...

Heh... yeah.. the 'phobia' part says "irrational fear", yet everybody conflates that with perfectly rational fears such as being assassinated for drawing cartoons.

Might be some value in a government 'honey pot' sham blasphemer planted explicitly to draw out those who would kill them. Of course, what happens if your 'honey pot' winds up with a log jam of would-be assassins too lengthy to put in jail?

Such a project would at least give some veracity to assurances that the threats are not going to be carried out.

Either way,. this just sucks, especially when the FBI is basically in on the gag and effectively helping the intimidators rather than, say, posting a guard (of all the things we can do with taxpayer money, I'd think safeguarding 1st amendment rights against thugs would rank high up there).

Perpetua said...

Hi fooburger,

I agree with you. I would like the FBI to use this to catch some of these thugs. Or at least to guard her.