July 14th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

FBI warns Seattle cartoonist about threats from radical cleric

Pakistani Muslims burn an effigy of cartoonist Molly Norris during a protest in May in Karachi, Pakistan.

A Seattle, Washington, cartoonist who drew a cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed has been warned by the FBI about death threats made against her by a radical cleric with ties to al Qaeda, an FBI agent said Tuesday.

"She should be taken as a prime target of assassination," terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki purportedly wrote about cartoonist Molly Norris in an English-language magazine called Inspire that claimed to be a publication of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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  1. Toby

    There is no arguing with the religious because their belief is not based on any evidence or reason. As non-believers in the supernatural, the best we can do is continue to educate children about our natural world and teach them to question everything. My opinion is that those who profess to know that there is a god, Jesus, or any kind of afterlife have a sickness of the mind that cannot be cured simply telling them that these things are imaginary. As the superior intellect at this discussion, non-believers must encourage supernaturalists to question WHY they believe these things-get at the fear behind the belief before any healing can begin.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  2. Dwech

    People, note the word: "radical". Anwar al-Awlaki is noted as such because he is way off the mainstream of his culture and religion. He does not represent Islam as a whole, in the same way that nut-cases like Fred Phelps, Pat Robertson and Ted Haggerty don't represent most Christians. At least in al-Awlaki's case, he doesn't have his own TV show....

    July 15, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  3. Woody

    "The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished."
    — Sheik Abdel-Aziz ibn Baaz, Saudi Arabia’s supreme religious authority, 1993-1999

    Unfortunately, this is the mentality the world is dealing with.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
    • Sir Craig

      According to Wikipedia and its citations, ibn Baaz disputed the claims that he declared the world flat and placing it in the center of the universe, and even issued several edicts and fatwas declaring the world was round. This wouldn't be the first time someone was the victim of character assassination, especially when that person held views that ran contrary to the Islamic hardliners (he supported foreign, non-muslim troops in Saudi Arabia during Gulf War I and advocated for reforms).

      You might wish to find a better example, do some better research, or perhaps stop using such a broad brush altogether when characterizing people. It is also wise to keep Mark Twain's words about foolishness in mind.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  4. TheRationale

    The people who tell you they're going to kill you are the ones you know you'll never have to worry about.

    Either way, is this the relationship Islam wants with the rest of the world?

    July 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
    • Paul

      TheRationale, that doesn't work. Salman Rushdie had to go into hiding. A Dutch author was killed. A Danish cartoonist was attacked multiple times – always by an extremist after a cleric called a fatwa.

      July 15, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  5. Noble9

    Brave muslim warriors, prepare for your holy mission - you must kill a young woman and you'll go to paradise. How does anyone fall for this nonsense?

    July 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  6. Reality

    What does one expect from a "religion" stuck in the dark ages of terror and tyranny!!!

    July 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
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