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As far as we know, Molly Norris is still alive and well. Not that we know much. Since the former Seattle Weekly contributing cartoonist went

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Plot to Shoot Up Muhammad-Cartoon-Printing Newspaper Thwarted, While Cartoonist Molly Norris Remains in Hiding

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As far as we know, Molly Norris is still alive and well. Not that we know much. Since the former Seattle Weekly contributing cartoonist went into hiding in September, after her idea to make May 20 "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" put her on a terrorist hit list, she's essentially been erased from the world. So with the news today that Danish and Swedish police thwarted a terrorist plot to shoot up a newspaper office that had printed a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad nearly six years ago, we'd like to first point out that Seattle Weekly never published any likenesses of the Prophet Muhammad, despite erroneous reports to the contrary. For us, Norris penned cartoons that mainly focused on local issues like traffic and recycling.

As for the news today, the New York Times reports that Danish and Swedish authorities announced the arrest of five men that were supposedly planning an "imminent... Mumbai-style" attack against Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which sparked international controversy when it published cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in 2005. Agents apparently found a "machine gun with a silencer, live ammunition and 'plastic strips that can be used as handcuffs.'" They said the extremists were planning to break into the newspaper's office and "kill as many (people) as possible."

In Norris' situation, after starting the "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" idea (note the intentional misspelling of Muhammad) she watched it go viral in a hurry. A Facebook group in support of the idea was set up, T-shirts were sold and people everywhere were ready to to break out their pens for some artistic blasphemy.

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Pakistani Muslims burn an effigy of Molly Norris earlier this year
But then the death threats starting rolling in, followed by radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlak putting a religious Fatwa on Norris, urging other Muslims to kill her.

Soon after, Norris was changing her name and moving to an undisclosed location while the FBI scrubbed her from all existence online.

 
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