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Original posted in 2010 in response to Molly Norris, a Seattle cartoon, who had encountered much of the threat visited on Charlie Hebdo (#JeSuisCharlie).  I had retrieve this piece for Facebook use before Fox got to the same thing today —

“Seattle cartoonist still in hiding following 2010 Islamist death threat.”

Also related:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/01/08/ezra-levant-slams-medias-jesuischarlie-phonies/ – 1/8/2015.


Molly Norris is.

Molly Norris is Jesus Christ and Isis together as depicted by D. H. Lawrence.

Molly Norris is Dick Gregory, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce.

Molly Norris is every child who ever razzed authority and every adult who wished he had: Molly Norris is Bart Simpson.

Molly Norris is Howard Stern, Vladimir Nabokov, Boris Pasternak, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Dashiel Hammett and Lilian Hellman, Henry Miller, Graham Greene, and many others, challenging, politically inconvenient, transgressive.

Molly Norris is Molly Norris, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, also Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Carsten Juste, Flemming Rose, Geert Wilders, Kurt Westergaard, Lars Vilks, Olof Johansson, Roxana Saberi, and Salman Rushdie [1].

Molly Norris is Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn.

Molly Norris is Al-Nadr bin Al-Harith, Uqba bin Abu Muayt, Amsa bint Marwan, Abu Afak, Kab bin al-Ashraf, Ibn Sunayna, Abdullah bin Sad, Abdullah bin Katal (and one of two “singing-girls”) [2]; also Mansur Al-Hallaj; also, these associated with Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses,  Ali Dashti, Hitoshi Igarashi, Ettore Caprioli, Aziz Nesin; also Naguib Mafouz; also Taslima Nasrin, Farag Foda, Anwar Sheikh, Nasr Abu-Zaid, Rashad Khalifa, Matoub Lounes, Younis Shaikh, Robert Hussein, Nawal El-Saddaawi, Tahmineh Mini, Khalid Duran, Mahmoud Muhammed Talal [3] .

Molly Norris is Ayman Udas.

Molly Norris is every artist or writer who has ever been assaulted, banned, blacklisted, beaten, censored, intimidated, jailed, tortured, or murdered for something he expressed through language or fine art.

Molly Norris is every child who once doodled something naughty, every petulant teen who ever uttered an uncomfortable truth, every adult who for once told it like was.

Molly Norris is everyone.

So where is Molly Norris?

As everyone knows: everywhere.

Cited Reference

  1. May, Ned.  “The Hit List: Nine Infidels in the Crosshairs.”  The West, Islam and Sharia, July 22, 2010: http://thewestislamandsharia.blogspot.com/2010/07/hit-list-nine-infidels-in-crosshairs.html
  2. Arlandson, James M.  “Muhammad’s Dead Poets Society: The assassinations of satirical poets in early Islam.”  Answering-Islam, n.d., http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/dead_poets.htm; 2a. revised and expanded from initial publication as “Muhammad’s (non)assassinations of (non)victims” in American Thinker, October 12, 2004: http://www.americanthinker.com/2004/10/muhammads_nonassassinations_of.html

  3. Stephan, Susan.  “Intellectual Censorship in Islam: A Matter of Life and Death.”  Associated with http://www.faithfreedom.org, published on the web via Iranscope, n.d.: http://iranscope.ghandchi.com/Anthology/Islam/intelislam.htm

Other Reference

Archiving Early America.  “Thomas Paine’s Common Sense”: http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/milestones/commonsense/

Associated Press.  “Alaska man who made hit list of enemies of Islam gets 8 years in prison on terror charges.”  Fox News, August 23, 2010: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/23/alaska-man-accused-hit-list-enemies-islam-gets-years-prison-terror-charges/

Cambronero, Francis E.  “Writers Series Event Breathes Life Into Censored Authors’ Works.”  The Harvard Crimson, April 13, 2010: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/4/13/magazine-writers-event-living/

Controversial & Banned Books (web site): http://www.banned-books.com/

Fefer, Mark D.  “On the Advice of the FBI, Cartoonist Molly Norris Disappears From View.”  Seattle Weekly News, September 15, 2010: http://www.seattleweekly.com/2010-09-15/news/on-the-advice-of-the-fbi-cartoonist-molly-norris-disappears-from-view/

Finkelstein, Daniel.  “Protecting Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”  Comment Central, The Times Online, October 18, 2007: http://timesonline.typepad.com/comment/2007/10/charles-moore-w.html

Geller, Pamela.  “Pakistani Artist, Poet Murdered in Shariah ‘Honor’ Killing.”  Atlas Shrugs, April 30, 2009: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/pakistani-artist-poet-murdered-in-shariah-honor-killing.html

Geller, Pamela.  “Seven Muslims Arrested in Ireland Over Plot to Assassinate Cartoonist Lars Vilks.”  March 9, 2010: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/03/seven-muslims-arrested-ireland-over-plot-to-assassinate-cartoonist-lars-vilks.html

Gould, Terry.  Murder Without Borders: Dying for the Story in the World’s Most Dangerous Places.  Random House Canada, 2009.

Hannan, Caleb.  “Molly Norris, “Draw Mohammed Day” Cartoonist, Placed on Execution Hitlist by Islamic Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki.”  Seattle Weekly Blogs, The Daily Weekly, July 12, 2010: http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2010/07/molly_norris_draw_mohammed_day_1.php

Human Rights Watch.  “Banned, Censored, Harassed, and Jailed: Hellman/Hammett Grants Honor 42 Writers for Courage Facing Political Persecution.”  August 4, 2010: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/08/04/banned-censored-harassed-and-jailed

International Freedom of Expression Exchange: http://www.ifex.org/

Jonsson, Patrik.  “Cartoonist Lars Vilks attacked for showing Prophet Mohammed in gay film.”  The Christian Science Monitor, May 12, 2010: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0512/Cartoonist-Lars-Vilks-attacked-for-showing-Prophet-Mohammed-in-gay-film

Journalism and Democracy.  “Ulf Johansson gets wolf-like on freedom of speech.”  MENA – 2008 – Fojo: http://www2.fo.hik.se/mena08/subpage/ulf_johansson.html

Khattak, Daud.  “Sinter Ayman Udas ‘shot by her brothers for TV sin'”.  The Sunday Times, May 3, 2009: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6211260.ece

Lica, Mihaela.  “Bomb-in-Turban Muhammad Cartoon Artist Threatened Again.”  Everything PR, January 2, 2010: http://www.pamil-visions.net/kurt-westergaard/210080/

May, Ned.  “The Hit List: Nine Infidels in the Crosshairs.”  July 22, 2010: http://thewestislamandsharia.blogspot.com/2010/07/hit-list-nine-infidels-in-crosshairs.html

Marshall, Frank.  “The Koran Crisis: Making a Point.”  Right Side News, September 12, 2010: http://www.rightsidenews.com/2010091211607/life-and-science/culture-wars/the-koran-crisis-making-a-point.html

Militant Islam Monitor.  “Theo van Gogh’s book ‘Allah Knows Best’ – Murders of Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn perpetrated by and for Muslims.”  November 14, 2004: http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/319

National Coalition Against Censorship (web site): http://www.ncac.org/

National Coalition Against Censorship, Blogging Censorship: http://ncacblog.wordpress.com/

Pipes, Daniel.  “‘Rushdie Rules’ reach Florida: Obama endorses privileged status for Islam.”  The Washington Times, September 20, 2010: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/20/rushdie-rules-reach-florida/

Pipes, Daniel.  “[Theo van Gogh] ‘Education By Murder’ in Holland.  Daniel Pipes (initial placement: New York Sun), November 16, 2004: http://www.danielpipes.org/2218/theo-van-gogh-and-education-by-murder-in-holland.

Rosenbaum, Ron.  “Bonfire of the Intellectuals: Paul Berman’s outraged attack on Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s attackers.”  Slate, March 25, 2010: http://www.slate.com/id/2248809/

Seccombe, Mike.  “Voices of Banned Writers Past Lend Perspective on Tense Present.”  Vineyard Gazette Online: http://www.mvgazette.com/article.php?26699

Wikipedia.  “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Draw_Mohammed_Day

Wikipedia.  “List of authors banned during the Third Reich”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_authors_banned_during_the_Third_Reich

Wikipedia.  “Pim Fortuyn”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pim_Fortuyn

Wikipedia.  “Piss Christ”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ

Young, Gordon.  “Confronting Conformity.”  Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, 31:4, Spring/Summer 2009: http://bulletin.kenyon.edu/x3016.xml

International Center for Journalists.  “Name a single jailed or censored writer or journalist.”  December 22, 2009: http://www.ijnet.org/ijnet/answers/name_a_single_jailed_or_censored_writer_or_journalist


Related right now:

http://www.vocativ.com/world/france-world/hostage-dramas-continue-terror-spree-paris/ – 1/10/2015.

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