This is a follow-up to my Saturday’s post regarding Everybody Draw Mohammed Day on May 20th. In that article I argue that supporting this idea is vital because we have to show Islamofacists that we are not going to back down to their threats and that their way of life cannot threaten ours. Well, it now seems that the original creator of the idea, Molly Norris, is now backing down and states she doesn’t want to have anything to do with this. Apparently she started it as a gag and had no idea it would go viral.

On one hand I totally understand her reluctance and even fear of being targeted as the leader of this movement. These Islamofacists are whack jobs and who knows, they could have very well sent her a death threat and I don’t blame her for wanting to distance herself from this. It seems that Dan Savage took her idea and helped make it go viral. In an e-mail to Savage she said, “I am sort of freaked out about my name/image being all over the place.” I get that, I really do. Although I would say that you should be careful what you post on the Internet, there are all kinds of whack-jobs out there.

However, the whole point behind this idea was to give a forum so that everyone could stand in solidarity, thus making the threats meaningless as they can’t possibly attack everyone. As we see, Islamic death threats work because they are directed at only a few, specific people, and those people don’t want to be the next Theo Van Gogh.

The good news is that this thing has basically taken a life of it’s own, and the fact that the originator is dropping out has actually done nothing but generate more interest and helped further the story. So, May 20th it still on, bring it.