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Seattle cartoonist targeted for execution

KIRO Radio

A Seattle cartoonist has been targeted for execution by a radical Islamic cleric.

The FBI has warned Molly Norris they consider the threat by Anwar al-Awlaki, who has ties to the failed Times Square bombing attempt, serious.

Norris gained international attention earlier this year when she drew a cartoon suggesting 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.'

At the time she told 97.3 KIRO FM's Dave Ross she was expressing her support for the show South Park, which featured the prophet in a bear suit.

"I just felt so much passion about what had happened, and I wanted to kind of counter Comedy Central's message they sent, about being afraid," said Norris.

As the concept grew, Norris began trying to distance herself from the campaign posting this message on her website on April 25th:

I make cartoons about current, cultural events. I made a cartoon of a 'poster' entitled "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" with a nonexistent group's name -- Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor -- drawn on the cartoon also. I did not intend for my cartoon to go viral. I did not intend to be the focus of any 'group'. I practice the first amendment by drawing what I wish. This particular cartoon of a 'poster' seems to have struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for. I am going back to the drawing table now!

Drawing Mohammed is considered a big taboo among Muslims.

According to the New York Daily News, eight other authors and cartoonists are also targeted.

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