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Mohammed Cartoonist Goes Into Hiding After Death Threats

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Molly Norris has gone off the grid. Her name, her identity, and her life are now erased. This isn't the synopsis to some mid-'90s cyber thriller. This is because Norris wanted people to draw a cartoon of a religious leader back in April and the fundamentalist members of that religion didn't care for that.

So much so, that they issued an order to have her executed.

According to the New York Daily News, the Islamic cleric who's suspected of inspiring the massacre at Fort Hood as well as the plot by two New Jersey men to kill US soldiers listed Norris as a "prime target" and that her "proper abode is Hellfire."

Ah, great.

For the past few months, Norris has tried to maintain a normal life under the shadow of a fatwa, telling the Seattle Weekly, "It's been horrible." Adding, "I'm just trying to breathe and get through it." But today, the paper reported that the threat is far too large and she must "go ghost" -- which Norris told the Seattle Weekly is like the witness-protection program without the government picking up the tab.

It doesn't look like Norris will be able to continue her artistic passion for fear of being identified again. Here's hoping she finds something that she loves to do and among the people she's grown to love.

In the meantime, Dutch cartoonists will continue to be attacked. And Comedy Central will continue to censor free speech. And cab drivers will continue to be stabbed. And hate crimes will continue to rise. And so on. And so on. And-...

Hey, you know what? This religion thing isn't working out so well. Let's take a break and just be decent people, shall we?
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