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Islamists Target Seattle Cartoonist

3:58 PM, Sep 16, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Cartoonist Molly Norris will no longer be publishing in the Seattle Weekly or in Seattle's City Arts magazine, according a report from the Seattle Weekly. Why? Because she's scared for her life after publishing this cartoon, as part of "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day":

The FBI has warned the cartoonist of the threat, attributing it to the "Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki - the radical who has also been cited as inspiring the Fort Hood, Tex., massacre and the plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers - [who] singled out artist Molly Norris as a 'prime target,' saying her 'proper abode is hellfire,'" according to the New York Daily News.

Al-Awlaki has put out a fatwa on Norris, calling for her head. 

Norris "is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab," the Seattle Weekly explains. But she's held good spirits, the paper assures us.

The cartoonist "likens the situation to cancer—it might basically be nothing, it might be urgent and serious, it might go away and never return, or it might pop up again when she least expects it." Except in this case, the serious cancer is Islamists.

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