Molly Norris – Draw Mohammed Cartoonist Goes Into Hiding

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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.

Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard Praised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Awards Ceremony

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Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard

Kurt Westergaard is retired now but continues to draw honors for freedom of speech.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the bravery of a Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad at an award ceremony honoring his achievements for freedom of speech.

In her speech praising illustrator Kurt Westergaard, “who has had to fear for his life since the publication of the cartoons in 2005,” Merkel emphasized Wednesday that media freedom is an important element of rights in Europe.

“It does not matter if we think his cartoons are tasteful or not, if we think they are necessary and helping or not,” Merkel said at the ceremony in the city of Potsdam. The question, she said, was, “Is he allowed to do this? Yes, he is.”

There have been at least three attempted attacks on the 75-year-old Westergaard or his newspaper, the Danish the Jyllands-Posten, since he and 11 other artists angered Muslims around the world by creating the Muhammad cartoons four years ago. Protesters in Muslim countries have torched Danish and other Western embassies.

Westergaard’s cartoon, which he said took 45 minutes to draw, was considered by many Muslims the most offensive of the 12. He has rejected calls to apologize, saying poking fun at religious symbols is protected by Denmark’s freedom of speech.

The cartoon:

Of course, not everyone was pleased.

Merkel’s appearance at the award ceremony drew criticism from Muslim groups, who perceived it as an endorsement of Westergaard’s cartoon. Aiman Mazyek, general secretary of Germany’s Muslim Council, told public radio Deutschlandradio that Merkel is honoring the cartoonist who sullied “our Prophet … and thereby all Muslims.”

Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, rejected the criticism and said Merkel’s message was to underscore the importance of freedom of speech.

Westergaard continues to live under police protection.

General David Petraeus Should Leave The First Amendment Alone

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Afghan protesters step on a U.S. flag during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama’s death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church’s plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11.

General David Petraeus is probably right about the burning of the Koran stirring up the radical Islamic community. And, I do not advocate this type of behavior in the least. The church would be best NOT to do this.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort.

Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S. and making it harder for allied troops to carry out their mission of protecting Afghan civilians.

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

Hundreds of Afghans attended a demonstration in Kabul on Monday to protest the plans of Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has said he will burn copies of Islam’s holy book to mark the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Afghan protesters chanted “death to America,” and speakers called on the U.S. to withdraw its troops. Some protesters threw rocks at a passing military convoy.

So, I agree with John.

But, military commanders advising Americans on their First Amendment rights is troubling to me – deeply troubling and is unacceptable. General Petraeus is in Afghanistan to fight for American freedoms and support the United States Constitution not to subvert them.

Next, will the General say that I am endangering Americans for printing this cartoon of Mohammed?

I mean there were world-wide protests and loss of lives because of radical Islam’s insistence that there not be any criticism of Mohammed or his image depiction.

But, you see, the United States Constitution guarantees my right to publish this cartoon and to discuss it. No military general and certainly no politician or government authority can take away this right.

The Afghanistan War has not been going well and President Obama has been struggling with its mission. Hence, General Petraeus has been sent to essentially clean up the mess.

I would recommend that General Petraeus concentrate less on narrowing American’s rights and more on finding and neutralizing radical Islamic terrorists that wish me, my family, my fellow Americans and American troops harm.

For Comedy Central: “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”

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And, why not?

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.

Speaking on a Seattle radio show on Friday, cartoonist Molly Norris said she announced her idea as a way of countering the fear exhibited by Comedy Central in censoring episode 201 of South Park.

Even if the cartoonist has gotten “cold feet” so to speak.

Apparently this has turned into a mud-slinging fest, because most people posting on this event’s Wall just don’t get it.

Why did I create this event? I saw the fantastic cartoon now shown on this page, and thought it was a very nice (and polite + respectful) way of making the point that while Mohammed might well have insisted that he not be depicted by Muslims (to prevent idol worship), there are plenty of non-Muslims who value freedom of expression — and that we can all live together with mutual respect.

With many people all standing up for their right to depict Mohammed if they so chose, we would make an important point about how we were not going to cower before a handful of Muslim zealots.

I did not create this event to encourage people to be deliberately offensive, by equating the silliness of those zealots with the entire Islamic faith and its bazillions of adherents, a few of whom I am lucky to count among my friends.

Day By Day April 25, 2010 – Just Talk

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Day By Day by Chris Muir

Congratulations Chris! You Have just earned a Fatwa for publishing one of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard Mohammed caricatures. Did you know Westergaard has been involuntarily retired?

Now, Comedy Central is censoring South Park after the creators (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) depicted Mohammed disguised in a bear suit. posted the warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “South Park,” which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. The Web posting also included a graphic photo of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a documentary on violence against Muslim women.

“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” the posting reads. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Reaching by phone early Tuesday, Abu Talhah al Amrikee, the author of the post, said he wrote the entry to “raise awareness.” He said the grisly photograph of van Gogh was meant to “explain the severity” of what Parker and Stone did by mocking Muhammad.

“It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” al Amrikee said, referring to the possibility that Parker and Stone could be murdered for mocking Muhammad. “They’re going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It’s just the reality.”

Looks like the radical Muslims win again. I thought in America there was something called freedom of speech.

Comedy Central bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in Wednesday night’s episode of “South Park” after receiving a warning from a radical Muslim website.

The episode was a continuation of last week’s episode which depicted Muhammad in a bear suit.

Comedy Central confirmed to it had censored the show, and that the episode was not available on its website either.

In addition to bleeping the words “Prophet Muhammad,” the show also covered the character with a large block labeled “Censored.”

.Until authors, cartoonists stand up to these violent bullys this will type of intimidation will continue. So much for liberty and freedom at Comedy Central.