Seattle Atheists condemns Molly Norris death threats

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Contact: Paul Case
President of Seattle Atheists
P.O. Box 283, Seattle, WA 98111-0283
(206) 826-0770
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SEATTLE ATHEISTS CONDEMNS DEATH THREATS ON SEATTLE CARTOONIST BY MUSLIM CLERIC

SEATTLE — Seattle Atheists denounces the threats made to Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris by Yemeni-American cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki in the English-language publication affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Al-Awlaki wrote that Norris, who initiated “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” earlier this year, had earned a place on among other cartoonists, journalists and writers who had offended their religious beliefs and that “the medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of those involved.”

“We live in a society that guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression,” says Paul Case, president of Seattle Atheists. “The cost of that freedom is that you’re occasionally going to see or read things that offend you. When that happens, you can respond with free speech of your own. What you can’t do is silence speech you don’t like with threats of violence.”

Seattle Atheists supported Molly Norris and “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” — not because it singled out Muslims or Islam, but because they should have no special protection against criticism or satire.

The law “wouldn’t tolerate Christian groups using threats to enforce their religion’s laws on people who aren’t members of their faith,” said Case. No religion has any special rights in this respect.

Seattle Atheists is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving the atheist community in the Seattle area. We strive to promote understanding and respect toward all freethinkers by providing information, creating a sense of fellowship, actively opposing discrimination, and above all, emphasizing reason, critical thinking over supernaturalism and the separation of church and state.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Paul Case, President of Seattle Atheists, (206) 826-0770,
president@seattleatheists.org

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