Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Cartoonist gives up life just in case


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.

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  1. Michael Tee Inactive

    Hey, How’s that Salman Rushdie doing?

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    • September 16, 2010, at 4:30 AM PDT
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  2. Mel Foil Inactive

    In an asylum for the criminally insane, different social rules may apply. You may have to avoid rapid movements, or avoid looking people in the eye. Is it fair? No, but the first step was to read the visitors warning on the front door and decide if you want to take the risk of stepping inside. Your choice. Not all insanity can be eliminated. Especially when it’s random insanity.

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    • September 16, 2010, at 8:45 AM PDT
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  3. Kennedy Smith Inactive

    The cape exists for the same reason that those lizards inflate their throats. It embiggens you, striking fear into the superstitious criminal mind. Superman doesn’t need one, obviously, because he can do anything, which is what makes him such a dull character. But if you’re trying for a psychological edge, it helps. And looks cool.

    The only flaw in Everybody Draw Mohammed Day was the person proposing it, who was such a complete wuss she backed out the day after. How dumb are these people not to expect death threats from jihadis? What this plan needed (still needs) is somebody both with the rudimentary smarts to expect the reaction, and the courage to see it through anyway. And to tell the FBI to pound sand.

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    • September 16, 2010, at 8:48 AM PDT
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  4. Profile Photo Member

    American liberals have the courage of their convictions, so long as nothing is actually at risk. Oh, they stand up to zionism, and they make fun of born agains, and Mormons, but when it comes to our new national religion they submit like good Dhimni. My religion forbids me to hunt down and kill artists who put my religious symbols in jars of urine so they feel free to do so and to make fun of me for having any faith, but when it comes to the throat slashers [and really in all of Islam there can’t be more than a few hundred throat slashers and no more that 1 or 2 million supporters, a drop in the bucket of 1.5 billion believers] they adopt the religious habits without question: no one can draw a picture of the prophet, no one can abuse a Koran, no one can question a fatwa, or wonder why an inoffensive young woman must hide until her dying day, some 60 years from now. I think it is rude to desecrate anyone’s religion, but it should not be a capital crime.

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    • September 16, 2010, at 8:53 AM PDT
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  5. Cas Balicki Inactive

    Mark Steyn’s suggestion at the time the Danish cartoons were first publisheed still has merit, every newspaper in the West should have printed the original cartoons, there were six, on its front page. Still, the West’s lack of courage is not the outrage of the Danish cartoons incident. The outrage is that some moron of a so called imam from Norway, I think, added two or three very vile cartoons to the original six to incite the outrage. [Ed.: rude comment deleted.]

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    • September 16, 2010, at 8:53 AM PDT
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  6. Profile Photo Member

    I once named a pot-bellied pig Muhammed.

    I meant no offense. He just looked so adorable in a turban.

    Now I got fatwa’s coming out of my ears.

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    • September 16, 2010, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  7. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    James Lileks: This will be the default position among the smart set, probably – you brought it on yourself by not being them.

    Unless you’re dressed like a hooker in the NY Jets locker room… then you couldn’t have brought it on yourself. Everybody report for sensitivity training!

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    • September 16, 2010, at 9:01 AM PDT
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  8. Nick Taussig Inactive

    The premise of a journalist having to go underground should have everyone in this country rattled. When have journalists necessitated such cover? The heckler’s veto should not be in play in this situation if we were discussing a civilization that we could discuss as modern beings. Where are the progressives on this issue or on any issue regarding human rights in the middle east? It seems that conservatives are the default carriers of the torch of humanity. As a conservative battling encroaching government and a lackadaisical foreign policy, one would think that the left would at least be helpful in this one regard, but instead they are focused on our “human rights abuses.” Perspective on these issues need to be elucidated. Stoning women, forced genital mutilation, and creating a caste system of individuals based upon religious belief is wrong. Abducting the torch of freedom for all of those that are incapable should be our united goal.

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    • September 16, 2010, at 9:26 AM PDT
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  9. anon_academic Member
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    via Eugene Volokh there’s a good satire of this kind of thing

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    • September 16, 2010, at 11:27 AM PDT
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  10. Wylee Coyote Member
    Wylee CoyoteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    James Lileks: 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. ·

    If I may quote a certain brilliant writer:

    For that matter, why do any of them wear a cape? What’s the point? It’s either going to snag and rip, or it’s going to be made of super-strong material that doesn’t rip – and so you caught on spires and other crap day after day after day. I mean, even after a month Superman would have said “this isn’t working” and folded it up nicely. Yes, capes lend a certain panache. But when you are already capable of flight, you have panache to spare. That’s what really impresses people. Flying. Not the cape.

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    • September 16, 2010, at 11:33 AM PDT
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  11. Wylee Coyote Member
    Wylee CoyoteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    More on topic, this story should be brought up every time some lefty sniffs that radical Islam is “no threat to our freedom.”

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    • September 16, 2010, at 11:35 AM PDT
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  12. FeliciaB Inactive
    anon_academic: via Eugene Volokh there’s a good satire of this kind of thing · Sep 16 at 11:27am

    That is quite funny. However, Catholics and Protestants don’t have such a good record in Ireland as I recall…, nor in Scotland circa 1500’s, nor in Germany, nor in… well, you get the picture.

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    • September 18, 2010, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  13. HeartlandPatriot Inactive

    Would we defer to Catholics threatening to slay us for eating meat on Friday and accuse any who disagreed as intolerant or Catholiphobic? The question answers itself.

    There is going to be a fight. If delayed long enough, there is going to be bloodshed; that is inevitable in this case. The question is when do we stand and face down these bullies. The two value systems involved are utterly at odds with one another and irreconcilable. We should be impressing on all of the members of Islam that their value system is fine with us so long as they understand it has no applicability to anyone but themselves.

    I say we stop trying to pacify the savages (which those that would visit violence upon others for such flimsy reasons surely are) and stand up for your own values. If we are more willing to bow to Islamic sensibilities than we are to defend our freedoms, we won’t enjoy, nor will we deserve to enjoy, our freedoms; period. Do we defend our values? Or do we enjoy the fruits of freedom provided by others greater than ourselves until they run out?

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    • September 30, 2010, at 2:34 AM PDT
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