Thursday, September 23, 2010

Poor Molly

A year ago Seattle Weekly cartoonist Molly Norris conceived "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," to protest radical Islamists stifling freedom of speech.

A year later neither her government nor her profession will stand up for her.

The FBI told her she had to go into hiding or they couldn't protect her from death threats. So she lost her identity. She's gone.

I have strong feelings about freedom of speech, but I got into journalism because I like to write, not because of some sense of nobility. But I definitely got an earful on the latter in school and in the work place.

So why aren't the American Society of News Editors and the Society for Professional Journalists standing up for Molly? The Washington Examiner said it best:

Freedom of speech and press are in deep trouble when the American government thinks the best it can do to protect a journalist from death threats is to counsel her to go into hiding, and when the elite voices of American journalism can't be bothered to say anything in her defense.

Shame on those professional organizations who pride themselves on upholding free speech for not defending her.

How is it more newsworthy when any douche bag with a pulpit decides to burn a Quran, than when a woman loses her identity for the mere suggestion of drawing a religious figure?

I don't understand, but I'm disgusted.

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