Molly Norris was already stressed. As we mentioned in May, the Seattle cartoonist had lost seven pounds after her tongue-in-cheek declaration that April 20 should be known as "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" ignited a religious firestorm. "It's been horrible," she said nearly two months ago. "I'm just trying to breathe and get through it." Which makes you wonder how she's doing now that a radical Islamic cleric has publicly ordered her be executed.
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."
Awlaki, a 39-year-old born in New Mexico and pictured up top, made the comments in the June issue of "Inspire," an English-language magazine meant to help radicalize American Muslim youth. (One counter-terrorism official described it as "Al Qaeda's 'Tiger Beat.'")
Mohammed, as seen on "South Park."
The threat didn't become public until now because authorities had thought it might be fake. Something they realized wasn't true when the full, 67-page issue was recently posted on a jihadi message board.
"We understand the absolute seriousness of a threat from an Al Qaeda inspired magazine and are attempting to do everything in our power to assist the individuals on that list to effectively protect themselves and change their behavior to make themselves less of a target," David Gomez, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge of counter-terrorism in Seattle, told the News.