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The cartoonist who proposed “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” is going to disappear, on the advice of the FBI:
. . . 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 will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. 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.
One of the comments:
As I’ve grown up in a country with freedom of speech it would go against every fiber of my being to say that she shouldn’t’ve done what she did out of fear of reprisal or really to endorse her going into hiding. But
Do you need to read more? Get the feeling that every fiber of his being is about be gone-against, greased with lick-spittle so there’s no friction at all? Okay:
I will say that what she did was shortsighted and frankly kind of dumb. While I believe in free speech I also believe that if I say something offensive I’m likely to recieve unpleasant reprisal and if I were to attack a religious group known for defending their beliefs with violence by creating a contest desecrating their most holy of symbols I could end up with a lot of death threats and possibly end up dead in a ditch. So, frankly, I don’t feel sorry for her.
There you have it. Rhett Butler upon learning Scarlett was going to be stoned for premarital sex: Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. This will be the default position among the smart set, probably – you brought it on yourself by not being them. After all, you don’t spit into the wind, either. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t pull the mask off the ol’ Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with . . . you know.
BTW, I think you could tug on Superman’s cape. He’d probably think someone needed help and turn around to see who was there. He was that kind of a guy.