Islamic Terror Leader Puts Cartoonist on Execution List
An Islamic terror leader linked to the failed car bomb attack on New York's Times Square put a Seattle cartoonist on an execution list for launching the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” protest, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.
Anwar al Awlaki, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen, said artist Molly Norris “does not deserve to breathe air” for initiating the protest, against those who threaten violence towards artists who draw representations of Islam's prophet Muhammad.
The FBI has alerted Norris to the “very serious threat.”
Al Awlaki, who is wanted by the CIA for helping the al Qaeda terrorist group, said Norris has blasphemed the Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
Many Muslims believe that visual depictions of Muhammad should be prohibited. Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard has been the subject of repeated threats and attacks after his drawing of Muhammad caused uproar several years ago.
The ”Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” began as a protest against censorship of an episode on American cartoon “South Park” by its distributor Comedy Central, in response to death threats against some of those responsible for the segment.
Awlaki made his threats in a rant posted online by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemeni branch of the terror group which is linked to the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S.-bound jet.
"A soul that is so debased, as to enjoy the ridicule of the Messenger of Allah, the mercy to mankind; a soul that is so ungrateful towards its lord that it defames the Prophet of the religion Allah has chosen for his creation does not deserve life, does not deserve to breathe the air created by Allah and enjoy a life provided for by Allah. Their proper abode is Hellfire,” he wrote.
David Gomez, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge of counter-terrorism in Seattle, said Norris has been warned along with other cartoonists, authors and journalists targeted by Awlaki.
"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," Gomez said.
The terror leader has been described as the “bin Laden of the internet” with a blog, a Facebook page and many YouTube videos. His sermons were attended by three of the al Qaeda terrorists who hijacked two commercial planes and crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
Awlaki is said to be linked to the attempting car-bombing at New York's Times Square on May 1.