The editor of “The Seattle Weekly” reports in the paper’s latest edition that cartoonist Molly Norris, acting on FBI advice, is dropping her weekly cartooning for the publication. She is also going to stop her regular cartoons for “City Arts.”
It’s the latest development stemming from the sadly vicious reaction to Norris’s advocacy for freedom of expression. The FBI has been concerned for Norris’s safety since Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Islamic cleric in Yemen, declared her a worthy target of execution by his followers for her facetious declaration of “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”…
As Crosscut’s Pete Jackson recently reported, Norris has become friends with local Islamic leaders. Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Seattle chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Jackson, “CAIR has a no tolerance policy for threats of violence.” Norris recently wrote a Crosscut book review of “Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam” by scholar Akbar Ahmed. (More)


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