Thursday, 15 July 2010

Everybody Kill the Cartoonist Day [updated]

I just thought you’d like to know.  Molly Norris, the Seattle cartoonist who kicked off Everybody Draw Mohammed Day with the cartoon below now has a fatwa against her issued in the name of the Religion of Peace by Al Qaeda cleric and terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki, who says "She should be taken as a prime target of assassination.” 

That’s a death threat. For this:


Just for the record, threats like these should not be taken lightly. Islamist Anwar al-Awlaki is still being sought in Yemen for his alleged role as a planner of the failed bombing of a Detroit-bound passenger plane on Christmas Day last year, in which a passenger tried to set off plastic explosives sewn to his underwear—a bombing that only failed because the Semtex failed to detonate properly. In February a Somali man believed to have ties to terrorist groups broke into the home of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with an axe to avenge Westergaard’s  offence of having drawn a cartoon of the Prophet.  And of course, Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh was stabbed to death by an Islamist in an Amsterdam street for having the temerity to criticise Islam’s appalling violence towards women, his stabbing “a message in blood” from Islamist totalitarians to the west.

But Islam is a Religion of Peace. Islamists are not at war with the West. Islamists have never been at war with the West…

UPDATE: Reminds Edward Cline in Everybody Drew a Fatwa:

_Quote The Islamists mean to censor us one way or another: if not from fear of retaliation, then by retaliation. Shut your mouth, still your pens, stop thinking, or we will do it for you. Permanently.

Yahoo News also points out the fatwa extends not just to Norris, but to everyone who drew Mohammed on Everyone Draw Mohammed Day.

_QuoteThe killings should not, however, be limited to "Draw Mohammed" participants, the article says. "Because (participants) are practicing a 'right' that is defended by the law, they have the backing of the entire Western political system. This would make... attacking any Western target legal from an Islamic viewpoint."

Respnds Cline:

_QuoteOf course, one needn’t have drawn Mohammad to become a prime target for assassination. Watching a soccer match in Uganda is also a punishable offense. Or publishing an Islam-friendly novel about the adventures of Mohammad’s child bride -- without illustrations. Or an imageless history of the images of Mohammad. Or employing terms that identify the enemy in national security reports (that would be “profiling” a “religion of peace”).

[Hat tip Rational Capitalist]


  1. And, yet, there are still a great many on all points of the political compass who believe American should not invade Iran or Pakistan and replace their governments, as we did Japan post WWII.

    If there's another way to stop them, I'd like to know what it is.

  2. The one thing Molly Norris has going for her is that she lives in the US, where, when the nutter breaks into her house intent on doing her harm, she can shoot him dead, not in New Zealand where, when the nutter breaks into her house intent on doing her harm, she can choose to either be killed or to be prosecuted for failing to be a victim.


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