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Muslims burn an effigy of cartoonist Molly Norris in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 26

A pretty sad commentary when someone wishes to support freedom of speech and expression.

A cartoonist for Seattle Weekly in Washington state is in hiding after she received death threats for mocking the Prophet Mohammed five months ago, the newspaper reported. The alternative weeklys editor in chief reported this week that artist Molly Norris is going ghost on the advice of FBI security specialists. She will be moving and changing her name, Mark Fefer wrote.

You may have noticed that Molly Norris comic is not in the paper this week. Thats because there is no more Molly, he said. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program  except, as she  notes, without the government picking up the tab.

Norris hasty exodus stems from an April controversy in which the creators of South Park saw their 201st episode censored over its inclusion of Mohammed as a character. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker received death threats because their 200th episode featured the Muslim prophet in a bear suit.

Norris dedicated her cartoon that week to Stone and Parker and attacked bloggers at Revolution Muslim, who she said made threats against the South Park masterminds. Couching the cartoon as a First Amendment protest, she accused the Comedy Central network of cooperating with terrorists for pulling the original episode.

This is what started the flap, as you remember.

As a snarky response to Muslim bloggers who warned Comedy Central about an episode of South Park showing the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bear suit, one Seattle cartoonist, who calls laughter her form of prayer, is asking artists all over the world to create depictions of Mohammed on May 20, then submit the images to a Facebook page she set up.

Let’s hope that this is a temporary situation and that the Islamic religious bigots see the error of their ways and desist. In the meantime, the FBI will protect her and the Mohammed Cartoons will continue to be published.
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