I feel so very sorry for Molly Norris. She is the Seattle cartoonist who, tongue in cheek, made a declaration that April 10, 2010 should be known as “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”
As you may know, Islam does not permit renditions of Mohammed. Worse than putting pressure on her newspaper to fire her for her insensitive comment, she is now on a “hit list” – that’s right…a fatwa has been issued by the Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam who’s been indicated as inspiring the Fort Hood, Texas massacre as well as the plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. Soldiers. Anwar al-Awlaki singled out Molly Norris as a “prime target,” saying “her proper abode is hellfire.”
The FBI Special Agent, David Gomez, told reporters that “We understand the absolute seriousness of a threat from an Al Qaeda…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.”
She has been told to “go ghost,” meaning moving, changing her name, and wiping away her identity. Her life, as she knows it, is gone, or her life will literally be gone.
Our government is not going to protect her; she’s out on her own, a target of religious bigotry and tyranny.
Granted, this was a blatantly offensive comment — I know something about being offensive without specifically intending to do so – but when an American is put on a hit list by a religious leader of a community that argues it is pro-peace, it makes one wonder if words are meaningful when actions are contrary to those words.
I call on all Muslims around the world to crack down on Muslims killing Muslims, and Muslims killing infidels. This is not civilized and cannot be negotiated with. Only other Muslims can force their brethren to value free speech and opposing opinions, even objectionable ones…especially objectionable ones.TrackBack URI
Two recent acts of bravery bring up a clear point:
1. A nine year old boy in a Southern town was in the passenger seat of his parents’ car with three siblings all under the age of three in the back. His mother darted into a convenience store, and a huge man (who was lurking nearby) jumped into the driver’s seat, i.e., it was a car-jacking in the works. The nine year old had the courage and the presence of mind not to be “politically correct” which would have meant sitting quietly and obeying an adult. Nope, not at all. This kid grabbed the car keys and held them tight to his right side. The would-be carjacker hit the boy’s head against the passenger door in an attempt to get the keys, and failed as the boy was resolute. As the boy said later, “I didn’t want my family to be taken.” The car-jacker ran from the car, fell, and was apprehended by police who had been called from the convenience store.
2. A young female (of course I’m proud) civilian police officer stopped an Army officer from continuing his murders of Fort Hood soldiers by standing up to him and shooting him numerous times while being shot three times herself. Unfortunately, except for military police (MPs) and civilian police, soldiers on a base do not carry weapons, and are, therefore, sitting ducks for the murderous rampage of “one of their own.” As it turns out, by all media reports, the history of this so-called American Army officer was clearly one of a terrorist.
There was a history of his radical Muslim ideology. Reports against him had been made, but political correctness ruled the day. Because he had worshipped at a mosque with a radical imam who allegedly had made contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers and had written on the Internet Muslim extremist comments (which, I understand, included a defense of suicide bombers), had tried to indoctrinate patients and his school mates even complained about the political leanings of his class assignments and so much more, was no reason, many authorities have said, to assume he was a home-grown terrorist. That political correctness caused the death of 13 and serious injury to dozens. Never mind the fear it has generated on bases around the country and the world where the bullet or bomb can come from the “inside.”
Instead of facing this threat (and please do remember the plots that were foiled against other military bases on American soil in the past several years), we are being told not to “jump to conclusions.” Well, without jumping to the correct conclusions in a timely manner, hanging on instead to political correctness (meaning that no one should criticize or profile), our military men and women and their families have a good reason to be afraid and angry. They pay the price.
That nine year old boy didn’t sit complacently and be a “good boy.” He took charge to protect his own. We should do the same for our military and their families. Those who have expressed at any time any philosophy resembling radical Islamic hate should be marginalized, scrutinized, put under surveillance, and supervised.
The first obligation of the American government is not “Cash for Clunkers.” It’s for the safety of the populace. The morale of our military took a large hit when they discovered that they were not safe from worldwide terrorists at their own desks.
Dump all that “PTSD by proxy” nonsense. Look at the truth, without which we are neither free nor safe.TrackBack URI
According to the Associated Press (February 1, 2008), remote-controlled explosives strapped to two mentally retarded women detonated in a coordinated attack on Baghdad pet bazaars on Friday, killing at least 73 people. The women had Down Syndrome. Considering the explosives were detonated by remote control, they probably were completely unaware that they were to be used as human bombs. The attacks were most likely the work of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Associated Press records show that since the start of the war, at least 151 people have been killed in about 17 attacks by female suicide bombers. Involving women in fighting violates cultural taboos in Iraq, but Al-Qaeda in Iraq is recruiting females to perform suicide attacks because militants are increasingly desperate for volunteers. Women in Iraq wear the long black overgarments called abayas, and can avoid searches at checkpoints, because men are not allowed to search them, and there aren’t enough female guards. This is an obvious “PC” mistake – this is war, and such proprieties need to be put by the wayside, because people are being murdered.
I wish NOW (the National Organization for Women) would spend less time on rants assuring women that murdering the babies in their bodies is some kind of noble “right,” and spend their time in the Middle East, protecting women from being used as cannon fodder.TrackBack URI