…in response to this nonsense:
A charismatic terror leader linked to the botched Times Square car bomb has placed the Seattle cartoonist who launched “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” on an execution hitlist.
The Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki – the radical who’s also been cited as inspiring the Fort Hood, Tex., massacre and the plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers – singled out artist Molly Norris as a “prime target,” saying her “proper abode is Hellfire.”
I formally declare you a barbarian preaching a barbaric version of a false religion. Only the fact of your humanity and creation in God image combined with the Christian requirement to love your enemy prevents me from wishing you damned.
Although I wasn’t a fan of Everybody draw Mohammad Day; as an American who believes in the first amendment I am ethically compelled to stand with Molly Norris. If you come for one of us you are coming for all of us, and we will defend ourselves against both you and your minions.
Therefore in that spirit I formally request to be included in your Fatwa, because if you get Molly Norris I will host my own Everybody Draw Mohammad and Al-Awlaki Day here and ask my readers to send drawings of Mohammad and of you to be posted and laughed at as you deserve.
I also formally call upon other bloggers to pledge to host an Everybody draw Muhammad and Al-Awlaki day if these barbarian bastards manage to get her and suggest that you put up a post with the tag I stand with Molly Norris as soon as possible to show your support for both her and the first Amendment. I particularly call on our friends on the left who claim to value free speech so greatly to prove it.
I further call upon every US Mosque to publicly denounce this Fatwa and call for its removal.
We are Americans, we stand together Mr. Al-Awlaki. We defy you and your utmost malice.
Update 2: Treacher nails it:
She also told a Seattle new station, ”I regret that I made my cartoon the way I made it.”
The thing is, people like Anwar al-Awlaki don’t accept apologies. If you don’t believe what they believe, they don’t care about your regrets. They don’t want you to talk at all. Even if you live in Seattle and you live liberally and you draw cutesy little cartoons and you congratulate yourself for being “progressive.” Even if you’re just kidding. These thugs don’t care. They want you dead.
Hey, look over there! A Tea Party! I’m scared!
That says it all doesn’t it?
Update 3: WordPress has announced support for something called the 1forall campaign in favor of the 1st amendment. Strangely enough although some commentators mentioned Bush and the patriot act and the oil spill nobody had mentioned Molly. I’ve put a challenge in comments to join me in Supporting Molly Norris and opposing Al-Awlaki. I’ll let you know what they say.
Update 4: Edward Cline at Big Hollywood
But — Molly Norris was criticized. Islam answered. Muslims demonstrated. Shut up. Molly Norris recanted. She didn’t mean to offend Muslims. She was only expressing her right to freedom of speech. But — Molly Norris was criticized. Islam answered. Muslims demonstrated. Shut up.
Too late. Contrition doesn’t carry much weight in Islam. No one has a right to offend Islam, or blaspheme against it. Whether Mohammad is depicted as a pedophilic ogre, as a knock-off of Charlton Heston’s Moses, or as a teacup, it matters not. It is forbidden. “Sorry” doesn’t cut it. Facebook also caved to Muslim demands and took down the page.
And as for that challenge about the 1st amendment. HA!