Monday, July 12, 2010

Draw Mohammed Day Creator put on Jihadist Hitlist

Molly Norris, the Seattle cartoonist who made waves three months ago for "creating" Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, has now been put on the hitlist of Jihadist Anwar Al-Awlaki.

Ms. Norris created the controversy with a picture that depicted Mohammed, Islam's prophet, as an inanimate object, including a cup of tea and a spool of string.  However, Norris stated that she never meant for her picture to inspire a nation-wide even, writing, "I am NOT involved in "Everybody Draw Mohammd [sic] Day."

Despite her renouncition of her creation, Anwar Al-Awlaki has declared that Norris's "proper abode is hell."  Al-Awlaki has been blamed for inspiring the Fort Hood shooting last November and the attempted Times Square bombing, which took place at the beginning of May.

A member of the FBI stated that the threat was "very serious."

Ms. Norris originally created her depictions of Mohammed soon after Comedy Central censored images of the Prophet on South Park.  Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, were against this decision, believing it clearly went against the First Amendment right to free speech.

In protest, Norris drew her cartoons and declared that May 20 was the first "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."  The poster, in its entirety, read, "In light of the recent veiled (ha!) threats aimed at the creators of the television show South Park (for depicting Mohammed in a bear suit) by bloggers on Revolution Muslim's website, we hereby deemed May 20, 2010 as the first annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."

The idea became a viral sensation, and many websites, mostly conservative, did indeed draw a picture of the Prophet.  Other websites refused, stating that, while the censoring of images is against the First Amendment, censorship was necessary because of Muslim beliefs.

According to reports, there is now a noticeable increase in police presence near Norris's home.

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