On one hand it isn’t surprising that Islamic extremists want to kill Molly Norris. All you have to do is consider who you’re dealing with. On the other hand, it’s absolutely insane. Someone draws a harmless picture that wouldn’t offend your average kindergarten teacher, but due to the depraved retardation of (insert term the Obama administration doesn’t want to use here), Molly Norris is marked for death. To recap, Molly Norris drew a completely non-offensive picture about a fictional “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” and upon it’s rise in popularity apparently realized lunatics might want to kill her in the name of their religion and back peddled. The momentum had begun and despite censorship and the like Everybody Draw Mohammed Day did come into existence and barbaric morons now want her dead.
These are not followers of a so-called religion of peace. These are madmen. The only true moderate Muslims in this scenario are the ones that have swiftly denounced the actions of the “cartoon jihadists”. I’ve engaged in discussions with some people that felt offensive depictions of Mohammed (Muhammad, pick your preferred spelling) would push moderates towards the side of the radicals. Well, if they’re moderates they would never even consider this. I’m a not a fan of Scientologists, but if someone starting calling for the execution of all Scientologists, it’s pretty clear whose side I’m going to choose. The moderate position is usually pretty easy to find. True moderate Muslims would have no part in any of this insanity.
After the initial cartoon jihad a few years ago, I made a stick figure depiction of “Muhammad” having sex with a camel. The reason for doing so was simple, cartoonists were being threatened with death (and one has since had a man with an axe break into his house) over mundane cartoons. It was absurd. So, in response I made something intentionally offensive. I went on to make a equally crappy stick figure depiction, but I tried to make more of a point. Not to be deterred by my lack of artistic ability, I made a small web site and then took one more stab at with a “cartoon” that asserts the extremists are the ones that put the bomb on Mohammed’s head, not the cartoonists (I used a picture of Theo Van Gogh, who was viciously murdered for “defaming” Islam). Pakistan subsequently circulated a memo banning my website but that was pretty much the end of that.
After the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” fuss, I made a rather lengthy post complete with images and links and all that fun stuff. To me, the matter was clear. We simply can not bow to these extremists. My issue with not with true moderate Muslims (other than requesting they stop being a silent majority), it is with the radicals, the violent nutjobs that are using your religion as a tool for violence. Of course, despite my lengthy post, all some people seemed to get out of it was my depiction of Mohammed’s unusually long dong getting it on with a camel. You see, I was inciting violence and defeating the purpose, etc, etc, etc… My contention is and was that A: We can’t make people crazy and B: It was the best way I knew how to show solidarity with the cartoonists marked for death. Now, we find out Molly is on that list as well. Her life might become one of panic rooms and madmen trying to kill her. Fortunately, radical Islamists do not have as dense a population in most parts of the Americas as they do in some European countries.
This never should have been allowed to occur. If the moderates had risen up to denounce the violence and threats of violent, if the cartoonists had received a true show of solidarity from the western media, websites, etc… I firmly believe this would be a non-issue. As it is, my website was in a small enough minority to be singled out. Molly and the other artists were a small enough minority to be singled out as well. So many people waved the white flag that we taught the extremists that they can in fact control our actions. We continue to let a violent few affect our way of life and unless we decide to put a stop to it and take a stand, we’ll continue to lose ground. I sincerely hope I don’t have to post an update about Molly being attacked, but if she is, our inaction and cowardice will have contributed.
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