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 —
Molly Norris is.
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 .
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”) ; 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  .
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.
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