September 17th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Paper: 'Draw Mohammed' cartoonist in hiding

A cartoonist for Seattle Weekly in Washington state is in hiding after she received death threats for mocking the Prophet Mohammed five months ago, the newspaper reported.

The alternative weekly’s editor in chief reported this week that artist Molly Norris is “going ghost” on the advice of FBI security specialists. She will be moving and changing her name, Mark Fefer wrote.

“You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly,” he said. “She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program – except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab.”

Norris’ hasty exodus stems from an April controversy in which the creators of “South Park” saw their 201st episode censored over its inclusion of Mohammed as a character. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker received death threats because their 200th episode featured the Muslim prophet in a bear suit.

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  1. divine truth


    October 3, 2010 at 5:45 am |
  2. Muneef

    Many acting like the Three Wise Monkeys on this particular issue if they believe and have that much faith in their bibles they should take it all and all signs not just take the bits they like or fits situations?  
    One Lettered Man and Three wise Monkeys.! God in the Quran talks to us directly these came because were meant for us and Prophets were the Media through which this message was to reach us ordering us to learn (Iqra)read,listen,think,decide for your self.

    September 25, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  3. Muneef

    Man of God respectable Terry Jones,of Florida's Dove's Church, maybe a day would come that the world and Muslims would thank you for your causing all these discussions to come out today's on this site blogs and many other sites blogs and to it leading to have more people religious discussions leading them read and learn more about Islam and the Quran many who's eyes had opened to reality converted to Islam or at least respect Muslims and their religion. After all you are a man of God and God has made use of you as an antibiotic to be given to faiths that leads to having hidden truths prevailed and explored. May God Allah give you guidance to convert in to Islam or establish a Church that says and calls that God Allah is One and Only and that muhammed was the promised comforter,messenger and being the final of prophets of God....Ameen. Here your Dove will be the Dove of Peace we been waiting is within your hand to help establish. Sohan Allah.


    September 25, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  4. Robbington

    let's see. muhammed was illiterate. so he said some stuff that he claimed "god" told him. someone else wrote that down. years later another person summarized that. some people call this a "holy book." in law it's called "rank hearsay" and considered totally unreliable. the idea that such a book is considered holy is laughable at best.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  5. Robbington

    we just need to be tolerant of death threats against cartoonists. you see, it's US who is the problem. It's not like they are laughing at us or anything. It's not like Muslims actually want Sharia law in America, NO WAY! they're totally for the American way! Who needs that dumb old First Amendment anyways. The most important thing is to not make religious zealots mad. What can WE do to mollify them?

    September 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm |

    May Allah bless and guide the entire Islam believer

    September 20, 2010 at 10:42 am |

      May ALLAH burn and destroy every Q'uran and mosque!
      May ALLAH destroy every Muslim plan that contains violence towards people!
      May ALLAH crush ISLAM forever!

      September 22, 2010 at 2:43 am |
    • Muneef

      Dear understand that some one saw in his dream that the second cartoonist will be burnt alive....and just hope that the person cursing Islam and Muslims would get his share for his behavior.

      September 24, 2010 at 1:10 am |
  7. Critter


    I see you had fun with the "trivia" thing.
    What is your opinion of this woman who drew the cartoon – you know, the article at the top of the page????

    September 20, 2010 at 1:31 am |
    • Muneef

      @Critter. The "Trivia" is that she chose her path of fire when she knew if she did that one fanatic extreme would come and do her danger and we have fanatic extremes in every religion and political party not only in Islam. Remember the Italian writer who decided to write about some mafia in Italy is he living normally or that Salman Rushdi? Even TV reporters how many killed deliberately by Israelies or in Afganistan/Iraq by Americans? Told you even hurricanes now you will blame Islam for?

      September 21, 2010 at 1:44 am |
    • Critter


      Thank you for reinforcing my view of your "Islam" and of your personal ethics. It's good to have proof of one's own beliefs.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:20 am |
    • Muneef

      @Critter. Kindly don't switch words Did I say they were my personal ethics or is it the existing reality, it is a crazy world wether we like it or not it is there and we are here trying something to melt the ice between our nations and not to build a harder one that could lead to division. Remember once India was divided by UN blessings in to two or more as between Hindus an Muslims and if you do not hold in unity it will be ending divided by rights UN she would be obliged to give land to Muslims in USA like she gave land to Israelis on Arabian Soils. Remember that you were told this.!. peace.

      September 21, 2010 at 2:36 am |
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