Our Swedish correspondent LN has sent us a couple of reports with additional information about Lars Vilks and the Modoggie drawings, including translations and commentary.
First, concerning a death threat against Mr. Vilks:
Yesterday Lars Vilks got a threatening letter that promised to arrange to have his head cut off.
Bismillah Lars, I have already contacted my brothers about what have you done. If I can get the opportunity I would inshallah slaughter you and you should scream like a pig and, you are a pig Lars, we are afraid only for Allah Subhanehu we Te’ala and I have the honor to let you know that you will go to hell. I will be satisfied first when your head is being rolled inshallah
Lars, I promise you by Allah, you will die a terrible death and you are not secure in the vicinity of me. I know what you look like. To draw my Prophet Mohammed sall’allahu ’alejhi we selleme like a dog you went over the border, there is no return. Just wait till my brothers from Al Qaeda will get to know what you have done?
Also, the Swedish original was in faulty language!
I just wonder if it is genuine Muslim or a fake by some humorist. The Al Qaeda threat seems to be somewhat presumptuous.
LN also reports that the issue of the Modoggies has been raised in the Swedish parliament:
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From an article in yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter:
The Mohammed dogs will become a question for the parliament
The Artist Lars Vilks’ Mohammed drawings were removed from an exhibition due to security concerns. Now the member of parliament Cecilia Wikström (liberal) wants the government to guarantee protection to institutions that are showing controversial art.
“Freedom of art and speech are possibly neglected and must be defended,” she says
She referred to the self-censorship of the Berlin Opera over Idomeneo, and the fact that since Motoon affair in Denmark a lot of consideration has been shown towards the Muslims.
She also pointed out the exhibition of “Ecce Homo” [featuring Christ and the apostles as homosexuals, transvestites, etc.] in Jönköping. Somebody tried to burn the posters outside, which ended in a big fight with some thirty persons participating.
“Something is happening in our society,” she commented. In her written question to the minister of justice she asked for parliamentary action; an answer will come very soon.
The artist Lars Vilks finds Wikström’s suggestion rather over-elaborated. “There is no threat against the art institutions.”
“It is a fantasy on the part of the organizers. They have seen too much TV,” says Lars Vilks.
“But,” he says, “if certain institutions feel threatened it would be a good thing for them to have an opportunity to consult.”
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