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muhammad cartoonist attacked

Published May 11th, 2010 by Bobby Henderson

Here’s a video of Swedish artist Lars Vilks being attacked during a presentation on free speech today at Sweden’s Uppsala University.

 

Lars was the guy who drew the cartoon of Muhammad as a dog that made a bunch of Muslims go apeshit.

This latest attack bugs me a lot.  Here’s the disclaimer: I’ve received tons of hatemail and many threats and had more than a couple disturbing run-ins with religious nuts, and few if any of those nuts were Muslim.  By and large all the Muslims I know are awesome and not at all nutty.  I find Christian nuts the creepiest of all the religious nuts.  But I am way more scared of nutty Muslims than nutty Christians.

Lars has become a symbol for the right to criticize religion.  That’s a right we can’t lose.  I don’t believe this is about religion or values, I think it’s about dogma.  There is nothing inherently evil or wrong with what nutty Christians or Muslims believe – what’s wrong is that it’s no longer a set of beliefs, it’s a set of Truths that can’t be questioned, and that’s a dangerous thing.  Lars is completely right that it’s important to be able to criticize religion.

Lets see if we can come up with something to help Lars.

Also, the FSM does not mind if you draw him as something unclean.. like a stripper.



46 Responses to “muhammad cartoonist attacked”

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  1. Ninny says:

    What I don’t understand is how members of any religion think they have the right to impose their rules and doctrines to people who are not members of their religion. Shouldn’t club rules apply to club members only? I’m not Christian, so why would I want to, for example, condemn homosexuality based on some imaginary concept of “sin”?

    If it is forbidden for a Muslim to draw a picture of Mohammed, fine. But how do they think they can try to force this same restriction on non-Muslims and then demand “apologies” when they don’t comply? This is what I find so absurd about this whole thing.

    • Atsap Revol says:

      The key word in your post, Ninny, is FORCE. Too many religious people assume it is their right to FORCE their beliefs on others. When verbal missionary efforts fail, fatwas and crusades are initiated. All in the name of the “Loving God.”

  2. Mary says:

    This bothers me…

    If they don’t like it, do they just go there to complain? Some people actually go to things like that to broaden their horizons.

    It also bothers me that they force their ladies to dress so…covered when they can walk around shirtless, exposing their rug covered chest.

    Seriously, people need to take a chill pill and learn to let it slide. To every nut out there- so we’re going to hell. Don’t pity us. Realize that it’s pointless to shove your religions in people’s faces and get angry when they make fun of you back.
    But yeah, honestly, I believe every religion has a heaven and hell, and they’re all interconnected so people from each religion can go and debate or steal virgins or play harps or party. -shrugs- Would make fighting pretty damn pointless.

    Sorry, I’m not all here today.

  3. Freedom lover says:

    Freedom of speech should be protected at any cost. I am sorry that someone expression or interpretation is offensive. People need to get over it and move on.

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