DC Trawler

Hey, how come nobody’s talking about what’s happening to Molly Norris?

Norris is the Seattle cartoonist who has gone into hiding after launching, and almost immediately repudiating, “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.” It was her way of standing with Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park, who stirred controversy earlier this year by making fun of Mohammed. Well, more accurately, they made fun of the Islamic dogma prohibiting the depiction of Mohammed. That inspired Norris to do a silly little cartoon mocking extreme religious fundamentalism, and now she’s under threat of death by extreme religious fundamentalists.

The Washington Examiner makes a very good point about this situation:

Incredibly, her plight has drawn precious little media attention, even though it is infinitely more newsworthy than, say, a fundamentalist preacher in Florida threatening to burn Qurans…

Freedom of speech and press are in deep trouble when the American government thinks the best it can do to protect a journalist from death threats is to counsel her to go into hiding, and when the elite voices of American journalism can’t be bothered to say anything in her defense. But it’s actually worse than that. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof thinks Muslims are owed an apology. “I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you,” he wrote Sunday. “The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you.”

Instead of telling the rest of us that we’re all bigots, shouldn’t Kristof and the rest of the journalism profession be outraged by what has happened to Molly Norris?

Yeah, isn’t that weird? Some dummy in Florida threatened to burn some books — not kill anybody, not even give anybody a bloody nose, but burn some books in a stupid, spiteful gesture — and it was a media firestorm for a whole week. Even the President of the United States felt the need to condemn it. But now we’ve got an American citizen who doesn’t feel safe in her own home because she drew a cartoon, and apparently all those same people are fine with it.

We’re supposed to apologize to the entire Muslim world whenever a single one of them might have hurt feelings. Somehow, if a Muslim feels slighted, that’s a violation of the First Amendment and proof that America isn’t America anymore. Meanwhile, this woman has been silenced under threat of death for exercising her First Amendment rights, and… Crickets. No big deal.

Apparently, religious fundamentalism is a problem only when you think its adherents might not vote for you.

P.S. Here’s one. Anybody else? Mika? Jon?

P.P.S. Here’s some promising news: Anwar al-Awlaki, the idiot who put out the fatwa on Norris, is having a very bad day.

  • Bosch Fawstin

    Here’s my cartoon, Chuck (Molly) Norris, http://bit.ly/d0Viw6 that comments on the cowardice surrounding this story.

  • killtruck

    A few months ago Larry David based a joke on urinating on the image of my personal Lord and Savior. I was offended on 2 fronts, sacrilege and bad comedy. I just reacted by saying, “Hey, that offends me.”

    Sometimes less is more. Plus, no one has to die or at least fear for their lives.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-R-Lecker/1344924721 Dennis R Lecker

    Freedom of expression is a right that is guaranteed by the Constitution. I’m thinking the Federal Government has a duty to defend this girl’s right to free expression. However, I am against desecration, but simply drawing a picture is not desecrating anything. I vividly recall the large Buddhas blowing up in Afghanistan in the late 90s. I was appalled.

  • sawdustking

    These are also the same people who would deny Norris the right to carry a firearm to protect herself.

  • zelda

    This makes me feel so helpless in my own country. Where are the brave journalists? Where is the ridicule of these hateful people who would take a life over a cartoon? For all the leftist breast beating over the religious right, they are abject cowards in the face of true theocratic thuggery.

  • quiznilo

    There is not much more to say in this case. No additional analysis is required to understand the horrible situation Ms. Norris finds herself in, and there is little dispute about its implications. Our prayers are with her. We will always fight religious extremism anywhere it’s found.

  • etpietro

    You forgot to mention that those extreme religious fundamentalists are “not all Muslims.”

    The media really cannot stomach holding up a mirror to its own repugnant face. After weeks, months and years of decrying America – the most tolerant nation on the planet – as an intolerant collection of racists, it really is quite impossible for them to say anything when TRUE intolerance and hatred is revealed to them in all of its ugliness.

    And they wonder why they have lost all credibility in this country.