The Cost Of Comment

Molly West was a cartoonist with the Seattle Weekly. No longer. Alarmed by the death threats to the creators of the South Park cartoon for proposing to include images of Mohammed, in an act of solidarity Molly declared last May 20th “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.” Such was the violence of the reaction that, like the  South Park creators, she withdrew the idea.

It is now announced that at the urging of the FBI Molly has changed her name and gone into hiding.

The Seattle Weekly informs its readers:

“You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly.

The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity… She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.”

Below is the cartoon which many deem worthy of the death of a talented young artist.

We have to wonder about the reaction to the appalling situation in which Molly finds herself. An oddball threatens to burn a few copies of the Koran and the media and politicians of the world go into meltdown. A young artist has her life ruined – and we are met with silence.

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About Campbell

Now retired but once upon a time a parish minister in Glasgow, before that the South West and initially the Black Isle. Been a prison chaplain and lecturer. Still am constantly bemused by the weird world around me.
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