It seems the fringe Islamic terrorists have struck again over the cartoon depicting Muhammad as a dog created by Lars Vilks. His home in Nyhammslage, Sweden was the site of an attack via arson, reports the Washington Post and the AP. Passerby saw broken windows at Vilks’ home and notified authorities. Police then found bottles filled with gasoline inside the home. It is believed a fire was set inside the home, but it did not stay lit.
3 Attacks in One Week
Lars Vilks has been under siege this week. He was head butted at a seminar, his website was attacked, and now someone tried to burn down his home. This is all more
It is just a cartoon, no reason to try to kill someone! Lars Vilks has the right to freedom of expression. He is an artist who pushes boundaries and speaks out about issues.
Luckily Vilks was not home at the time of the attack. He remains under death threat from al Qaeda. There is a $100k bounty on his head.
Comics Support Lars Vilks
Other cartoonists are standing in support of Vilks. Seventeen Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonists have signed a petition in support of Lars Vilks. That is important. Freedom of speech and expression are very important rights. Without them society loses much of its intellectual vigor.
The cartoonist Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune is planning to create a Muhammad cartoon in support of Vilks, reports the Washington Post. He said “They can’t fatwa all of us but they can go fatwa themselves.”
Freedom of Speech & Expression: Now and Forever
No matter what one’s opinion on the cartoon of Muhammad as a dog, Vilks had a right to create it. It is unacceptable to be calling for his head because he posted his form of commentary via a cartoon.
Murder is Not a Solution
Lars Vilks is age 53. He has a long life left in front of him. Despite death threats, he continues to live a normal life, albeit with perhaps now more security on his home. Murdering him will not solve anything for the Islamic terrorists. There are many other young cartoonists just waiting for their opportunity to get a job on a newspaper so they too can pen political and religious cartoons.
Artists are all about freedom. They will never be quelled from creating. They will never be kept silent.
The Islamic terrorists make a mockery of religion by pursuing murder against people who offend them. They have lost all right to be considered religious people. They are not Muslim; they are terrorists.
Time to Value the Input to Society from Comics
I stopped reading the cartoon page a long time ago. I never could understand the fascination people had with the comics. I think it is time for me to start paying attention to them again and mulling over the larger issues portrayed in each illustration or comic strip.