It isn’t always about the mean

‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoonist changes name, goes into hiding at FBI’s insistence:

Seattle Weekly announced Wednesday that it will no longer run Molly Norris’s artwork. The newspaper is also reporting that legally, there is no more “Molly Norris.”

Norris — the Seattle-based illustrator whose cartoon sparked “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!” earlier this year and a subsequent fatwa against her — has gone into hiding and changed her name at the guidance of the FBI, reports the Seattle Weekly, which says:

“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.”

Well, sometimes you can predict different odds coming out of “extremistan”. How fat is that scary tail? That is the question….

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4 Responses to It isn’t always about the mean

  1. RandyB says:

    We can either accommodate extremist Muslim demands, or make offending them normative. If we ALL disrespect Qurans or the Prophet, they might start wondering if it’s worth protesting silly things.

  2. CONSVLTVS says:

    How can we blame the cartoonist for taking prudent measures to protect herself? How can we not wish they weren’t necessary? Perhaps RandyB is right and the way forward is for everyone to insult the holies of Islam. I would hate to see that because there are so many Muslims in the world we simply have to live with them. We will never deprogram radical Muslims, but moderate Muslims might just do it. For instance, when the Taliban stoned that adulterous couple in northern Afghanistan last month, the provincial government denounced the stoning as a criminal and barbarous act. We really have no choice but to start there and work toward reconciliation with those we can, while opposing with overwhelming force those who use force against us.

  3. Snippet says:

    How fat does that “scary tail” have to be to intimidate an entire planet?

  4. nothingbutthetruth says:

    They are taking our freedoms, a threat at a time. Now you may have to hide if you draw Muhammad. In Spain, a discotheque has had to be renamed because its name was “Mecca” after receiving threats from the Islamic world and appearing in Al Jazihra.

    They are always offended, these Muslims. They are always making demands and threating people. We, people who believe in freedom, are always giving in and backing down. They advance, we withdraw. They took more and more of our freedom, we let them do it. They are beginning by small things, but they go further and further, as in Europe.

    We are coward, we don’t believe in our ideas, we are afraid of bullies, we are accomodating, lazy, soft, so we will deserve what happens to us.

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