WASHINGTON (AFP) An American cartoonist whose work inspired the controversial page on Facebook has condemned the effort and issued an apology to Muslims. Molly Norris, of Seattle, drew a cartoon in April to protest the decision by the US television channel Comedy Central to cancel an episode of the show South Park. In her cartoon, Norris proposed May 20 as a day to create blasphemous caricatures. A page to draw blasphemous caricatures quickly turned up on Facebook but Norris, writing on her website, said she had nothing to do with it. I did not 'declare May 20 to be the day to draw caricatures, she said, adding that her idea was satire but was taken seriously, hijacked and made viral. I never started a Facebook page; I never set up any place for people to send drawings to and I never received any drawings, she said. The caricatures are offensive to Muslims who did nothing to endanger our right to expression in the first place, she said. I apologise to people of Muslim faith and ask that this 'day be called off, she said. The page has led to Facebook being blocked in Pakistan and sparked angry protests and condemnation from the foreign ministry, which denounced the publication of blasphemous caricatures. Meanwhile, a rival Facebook page called 'Against that started to oppose the caricature page had drawn some 100,000 fans.