Iran protests over Swedish Muhammad cartoon
Iran summoned a Swedish diplomat to its foreign ministry on Monday to protest against a cartoon in a Swedish newspaper depicting the head of Prophet Muhammad on a dog’s body, Sweden’s foreign ministry said.
“Gunilla von Bahr, Sweden’s charge d’affaires, was summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry today where she received a protest from the Iranian government,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Björkander told AFP.
The Iranian government told Von Bahr the cartoon was “offensive to Prophet Muhammad,” Björkander said, refusing to disclose any further details of the meeting.
The cartoon was drawn by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, whose series of drawings of the prophet as a dog have sparked a controversy in Sweden. Several art galleries refused to display the sketches amid fears of angry reactions from Muslims.
The Örebro local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda published one of the drawings on August 18 to illustrate an editorial on self-censorship and freedom of religion.
“The editorial was critical of the fact that so many had turned down Vilks’s drawings for fear of the reactions they would provoke,” Nerikes Allehanda’s chief editor Ulf Johansson told AFP.
On Saturday, a week after the publication, a group of about 60 Muslims held a demonstration outside the newspaper’s office to protest against the publication of the sketch.
The publication of 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark’s biggest daily Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 led to violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world in January and February 2006.
How does Iran find the time to get their panties in a bunch over those drawings? Have they ran out of hanging prospects?
Del 356: Heliga kor må slaktas @ Vilks.net
*Site of ‘Lars Vilks’ the artist in question. From which all artistic depictions were derived from as well.
“We, the Moslems around the world, object the insulting pictures of our Prophet Mohammed. We strongly demand removing these pictures from your website and publishing a formal apology to all Moslems around the world,if you are a good man then read about the live of our prophet mohammed, then you can jadge otherwise you have no right to do this,this is a big mistake from you.”
At bottom of article, one can find an image of a cow, accompanied by the text:
“Skall den skonas av respekt för hinduismen?” I can not read Swedish but, I (think) it, address’ Hinduism, respect and cows.
Comment left on above article
Kommentar av ali | 2007/08/10 kl. 11:13:56
Firstly, Mr. Lars Viks, I condemn you because of your art work related to Hz. Muhhamed ( He is our everything).You are a ignoble person.Because , you insult value of humanity.Hz. Muhhamed is prophet of God(Allah) and is honour of all humanity.You suppose that insulting Hz. Muhammed and go down in his value.No No No , Mr Lars , you are mistaken.Your this behaviour rising our Hz.Muhemmed love.And there is a meaningful speech in our country.The dogs like you always bark when they see a worth ( at the same time , like Hz. Muhammed is the the biggest value for all humantiy).Certainl , you will die a day. I hope, You change your beliefs about islam and Hz. Muhhamed.All in all , your right is anything. Because , you are worthless person….
A few more examples of Vilks’ drawings. A few more can be found sprinkled throughout his site.
How this story got past my radar I’ll never know.Of course Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna has been on top of it from the onset.
Perhaps, two of the most interesting ones being…
“An Ironic Rondellhund”
Ironically, Mr. Vilks does not recognize the authority of the Swedish government, for he has declared himself the leader of a sovereign state known as Ladonia. In a further irony, his politics seem to be quite traditionally left-socialist, as Conservative Swede points out:
This next one floored me, never thought I would see the day. Literally I am stunned.
Swedish Muslims Will Exhibit the Modoggies
Hooman Anvari himself thinks the drawings are disgusting, but he wants them exhibited anyway.
“The intention is to create a balanced debate on free spech, freedom of religion and democracy. These issues tend to get polarized if one doesn’t handle the debate in a good way.
Although the plot thickens. Hooman Anvari is a professed Secular Muslim and he has announced that he and his group SEMUS have severed all connections to Vilks, the exhibition and any ensuing debate.
The weblog, Secular Muslims in Sweden - SEMUS aims to provide a secular perspective on the debate on Islam in Sweden.
I define myself being secular in the context of The separation of religion and the state and Laicité and not being anti-religion or anti-islamic.
THE EXHIBITION AND DIALOUGE WITH THE SWEDISH ARTIST HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Since Mr Lars Vilks has made an anti-semite sketch which can be viewed on his weblog www.vilks.net SEMUS has decided to cancel all planning for exhibition and dialogue with him. We believe it is not ethical to be involved or associated with Mr Vilks and his art project now and in the future. We have terminated all collaboration with mr Vilks. According to Swedish law, anti-semite and racist sketches could be a case for prosecution.
There is something about this image, (another piece by Lars Vilks) that screams a silent scream.
A deafening, silent truth.
Lastly, I would be remiss had I not made mention of…
The Arab Media’s Portrayal of Jews
Update: I meant to add this Opus toon. As the story behind it is similarly related to the mo-dog drawings, in a round about way. It was late when I was writing this and I had forgotten.
Click to view larger version.
We’re proud to host Berkeley Breathed’s “Opus” every week, but especially this week and next: At least 25 of the newspapers that normally print the comic strip, and probably more, have declined these two, at least partly out of fear that Lola Granola’s latest spiritual journey — dabbling in Islam and adopting its conservative dress code for women — could be offensive to Muslims. Sadly, one of the papers that isn’t printing the strip is the Washington Post, though the Post’s syndication service, Washington Post Writers Group, distributes Opus. (The Washington Post actually ran the strip online, though it was hard to find, but not in the paper.) Read more.
Many Won’t Run Next Two ‘Opus’ Strips With Sex Joke, Islam Reference
H/T Doctor Bulldog
*All images are linked directly to their respective articles.
Al-Qaeda puts bounties on heads of Swedes
An Al-Qaeda front organization in Iraq has offered rewards to anyone who kills two Swedes behind a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, in a statement posted on the Internet.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq placed a bounty of at least $100,000 on the head of the cartoonist Lars Vilks and $50,000 on Ulf Johansson, editor in chief of the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper which published the caricature. More here.
H/T Harvey @ Bad Example
*Related: The Scream @ Scarlett Crusader
Bumped from the date of August 27 2007