I have written previously about the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had entered several drawings depicting Mohammed as a dog in a Swedish art exhibit, only to have them preemptively censored by the exhibit’s organizers.
Mr. Vilks’ response to the controversy, especially after he started to receive death threats, has been to draw more pictures of the Prophet as a dog. The latest, shown at right, is titled “The Prophet Mohammed as a Mullah-Dog”.
Lars Vilks’ confrontational behavior seems rather atypical for a Swede. Could it be because he is from Skåne, and therefore perhaps more Danish than Swedish?
CG, a reader from Denmark, sends this latest update on the Modoggie caper:
Looks like the Swedish Mohammed cartoon incident is picking up some speed. The new developments are now to be read in most Danish newspapers. It is also to be found in the Swedish and Norwegian media now.
I notice that the Danish papers are willing to print Mr. Vilks’ drawings, but I haven’t seen any on the Swedish or Norwegian MSM sites so far.
Swedish School Also Rejects Mohammed Pictures
“We have chosen not to show the pictures out of security considerations. We have to take care of our students,” says Ove Martin Wall from the Gerlesborgskolan in Hamburgsund, a Swedish school of art.
The Swedish art school Gerlesborg in Bohuslän has decided not to show Lars Vilks’ drawings of the prophet Mohammed depicted as a dog. The decision was made after a gallery in Vämland a few weeks ago decided to remove Vilks’ drawings before the opening of the show.
The decision was made during the weekend. Wall will not comment about whether the decision was unanimous or if the discussions had been ‘rough’. The case has given rise to a debate resembling the Danish cartoon controversy.
Lars Vilks has been threatened twice during the debate. Anonymous persons have called him and threatened to slit his throat.
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