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Mo’s Dog Days of Summer [updated bumped]

September 15th, 2007 · 24 Comments



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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 @

*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.

Hooman Anvari



Since Mr Lars Vilks has made an anti-semite sketch which can be viewed on his weblog 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.

Silencing “Opus”

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.

Also see.
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.

Update 2:

day-by-day-09_16_07-lars-vilks.jpg H/T Harvey @ Bad Example


*Related: The Scream @ Scarlett Crusader

Bumped from the date of August 27 2007

 Lars Vilks

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Tags: censorship · iran · lars vilks · opus · death threat · mohammad · mo art · bounty · free expression · motoons · fatwa · religious fanatics · religion · al-qeada · dhimmitude · anti dhimmi · anti-pc · free speech · islam

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brian // Aug 29, 2007 at 6:43 am

    Excellent post. I think it is crap how the papers like the Washington Post and others have no problem running cartoons slamming Christians and hide behind the 1st Amendment, but will censor one written about Muslim Fascists. Dark times indeed.

  • 2 Fang // Aug 29, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Hi Infidel sister.

    Funny how there were not riots and murders over this

    but at least “Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi criticized the action as hurtful and an insult to Christians,”

    Luckily because I would have liked to start my own jihad on their hypocrisy.

  • 3 Velvet Hammer // Aug 29, 2007 at 8:15 am


    Welcome back and thank you. Well said. “Piss Christ” and Mother Mary covered in dung are excellent examples of the hypocrisy shown.

    In regards to Iran being upset over the mo-dog drawings, I find it outlandish they would even dare to make a peep, considering the inhumane treatment of Iranian citizens.

    The drawings by Lars Vilks may be deemed disrespectful of Islam, but they pale in comparison to how Iran treats it’s own people.

    For example, Freethoughts has a post up titled, “Islamic Republic of Executions”

    - VH

  • 4 Velvet Hammer // Aug 29, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Hiyas Fang

    I was a bit surprised at ‘Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badaw’s’ criticism over the cigarette Jesus. But bear in mind Islam considers Jesus as a prophet, so…

  • 5 Fang // Aug 29, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Yeah they consider him a prophet when it suits them but good on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badaw for taking the correct stand.

  • 6 Velvet Hammer // Aug 29, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    I agree good on him. To be admired regardless.

  • 7 mustafa taktak // Aug 30, 2007 at 6:10 am

    benim yüce efendime hakaret edenin allah cezas?n? verir yüce rabbim demiyormuki kevser
    suresinde ey muhammed sana kevseri verdik öyleyse rabbin için oruç tut kurban
    kes as?l soyu kesik olan sana kin tutand?r.yüce rabbim onlar?n soyunu sopunu bu dünyada
    ve ahirette kurutucakt?r in?aallah dilerim yüce rabbimden onlar köpekler gibi havlayarak
    sürünerek can çeki?erek esfekli sefiline giderler

  • 8 Velvet Hammer // Aug 30, 2007 at 6:32 am

    English the language of the great & free U. S. of A. is spoken here. :D
    Once again in English please. If you are able to that is. Otherwise you are wasting your time.
    If by chance, the above comment is a lecture on my posting images of mohammad, it will fall on deaf ears. I do not practice islam, so any rules/guidelines do not apply to me. That is the way the ‘freedom of religion’ ball bounces.

  • 9 Velvet Hammer // Sep 4, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Where in the hell did the last two comments go? One was left by a new visitor ‘Danny Boy’ and the later in which I replied to Danny Boy. Surely I did not mistakenly delete them.

    I am half awake but I remember them from yesterday.

  • 10 Velvet Hammer // Sep 5, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    The right to ridicule a religion
    Now, some really lousy caricatures published in Denmark, have resulted in one art gallery after another refusing to display Lars Vilks’ three drawings. People are afraid that something unpleasant is going to happen.
    “I think the drawings are good. But there is also a sense of fear here at the local heritage centre that it will lead to problems and conflict,” says Märtha Wennerström, responsible for the art exhibition in Tällberg (SvD 21/7).
    So art galleries are allowing themselves to be frightened by a diffuse threat. They are giving the message that it is easy to be frightened into silence.

    The right to freedom of religion and the right to blaspheme religions go together. They presuppose one another.
    What happens if a fundamentalist Muslim wants to express his faith through pictorial art? Quite clearly, it will be easy to persuade art galleries that the pictures are unsuitable, that they may lead to conflict. So the restriction of Lars Vilks’ possibilities to express himself may also negatively affect Muslims’ right to express themselves.

    Lars Ströman

    Entire editorial can be found here:

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  • 12 Pushday // Sep 15, 2007 at 9:24 am

    I think it is stupid to poke another’s religion in the eye, especially at this crucial time in history, considering all that’s going on. Anyhow, who is to say that cartoon is one of Mohammed? To me, it looks like any arabic looking male. No images of Mohammed are allowed, so who knows what he looks like? Have you met him?

  • 13 Velvet Hammer // Sep 15, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I think it is stupid to poke another’s religion in the eye, especially at this crucial time in history, considering all that’s going on.

    Stupid. Heh Rude perhaps. But worth a death threat? HELL NO!

    Anyhow, who is to say that cartoon is one of Mohammed? To me, it looks like any arabic looking male.

    Good point. Art is in the eye of the beholder, so they say, and is created in the eye of the artist. Art as free expression is nearly as old as mankind itself. Radical islamists who cry like little babies, throw fits worthy of a four year old, meanwhile threatening death and staging violent protests, open themselves to be mocked. The arrogance of Islam to demand that ALL follow their rules is sickening to ALL free minded individuals.

    Why should the entire world bow down to Islam? That is what they want. If we give them an inch they will take a mile. Guaranteed! One must either stand up to bullies or be walked on. They must be discredited in order to weaken them.

    No images of Mohammed are allowed, so who knows what he looks like?

    In Islam. Not in my world. I am not a Muslim. Exactly who does? Image that are said to depict mo are a trivial insignificant matter in, “this crucial time in history, considering all that’s going on”

    Have you met him?

    No. lmao Has anybody that is alive today?

    LGF puts it best

    “Mockery. Jihadis hate it, a lot. Hence, we must.”

    I’ll close with this quote.

    “If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” Benjamin Franklin

  • 14 John // Sep 15, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    “Iran summoned a Swedish diplomat to its foreign ministry on Monday to protest against a cartoon in a Swedish newspaper…”

    Okay. Before we go any further tell me this. Why does Sweden need an ambassador to Iran? HA!

  • 15 Velvet Hammer // Sep 15, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Yeah well good question John. “Iran summoned” :roll:

    The Iranian government told Von Bahr the cartoon was “offensive to Prophet Muhammad,” Björkander said, refusing to disclose any further details of the meeting.

    Velvet Hammer is informing the Iranian government that it is offensive to the the human race!

    And AS IF Iran has any room to speak what so ever!

    mo art = death threats from the religion of perpetual outrage
    iranian human rights abuses = business as usual in the name of islam


  • 16 Velvet Hammer // Sep 15, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Best Day Ever: 592
    My stats may be broken from all of it. lol They keep timing out. lmao
    Thank you one and all! :D

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  • 18 Laudrupp hansen // Sep 16, 2007 at 2:52 am

    I believe that lars vilks made the biggest mistake in his life. Now he will live a life like a dog, worst than salman rushdie hiding form one place to another. He should not play with more than a billion people. lar vilks is ignorant. Read about the prophet Muhammad (SS).

  • 19 Velvet Hammer // Sep 16, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Now he will live a life like a dog, worst than salman rushdie hiding form one place to another.

    Why is that? What would be the cause? Who would he be hiding from?
    Why is there even a discussion on this subject?

    He should not play with more than a billion people.

    Why? Are they more special than anyone else? They think so. Do you?

    Lars Vilks is ignorant.

    And whack job insane jihadis aren’t? Mmmkay…

    Read about the prophet Muhammad (SS).

    FYI I have. What is your point?
    “(SS)” ???

    I am neither a dhimmi or a muslim.
    What are you?

  • 20 Muslims Against Sharia // Sep 18, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Muslims Against Sharia praise the courage of Lars Vilks, Ulf Johansson, Thorbjorn Larsson and the staff of Nerikes Allehanda and Dagens Nyheter and condemn threats issued by Abu Omar Al Baghdadi and the Islamic State of Iraq. Muslims Against Sharia will provide a payment of 100,000kr (about $15,000) for the information leading to capture or neutralization of Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.

    Muslimer mot Sharia berömmer Lars Vilks, Ulf Johansson, Torbjörn Larsson och övriga anställda på Nerikes Allehanda och Dagens Nyheter för deras tapperhet och fördömer hotet från Abu Omar Al Baghdadi och Islamistiska Iraq. Muslimer mot Sharia betalar 100 000 SEK (ca 15 000$) för information som leder till gripande eller oskadligörande av Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.

    Muslims Against Sharia

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  • 23 aberhallo // Sep 23, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Parallels in Van Gogh aftermath:

  • 24 Velvet Hammer // Sep 23, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you aberhallo

    Wow! Isn’t that something.
    I like the way he put his thoughts into words. Wish I could get a transcript of it. Free expression must live on. There will always be something that would insult another. Shake it off and move on.

    If one does not care what another has to say, then do not listen. Simple as that

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