Artistic Expression or Insulting Muslims? New Cartoon Depicts Prophet Muhammad (s) as a Dog

Posted on October 16, 2007


Swedish artist Lars Vilks says all he’s doing is taking a stand in the name of artistic expression. […] I don’t think it should not be a problem to insult a religion, because it should be possible to insult all religions in a democratic way, ” says Vilks from his home in rural Sweden.

If you insult one, then you should insult the other ones.”

His crude, sketched caricature shows the head of Prophet Mohammed on the body of a dog. Dogs are considered unclean by conservative Muslims, and any depiction of the prophet is strictly forbidden.

Vilks, who has been a controversial artist for more than three decades in Sweden, says his drawing was a calculated move, and he wanted it to elicit a reaction. […] When it’s suggested that might prove an arrogant — if not insulting — way to engage Muslims, he is unrelenting, even defiant.

[Note from Rafik Beekun: He has even drawn Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) as a pedophile. Astaghfirullah. Unfortunately, now Al-Qaeda is misusing this incident to incite Muslims to violence.]

Vilks’ cartoon, which was published in August by the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda, hasn’t reached that level of global protests, although it has stoked plenty of outrage.

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