Two Muslim groups offer to display artist's sketches of Mohammed as a dog after galleries balk

Very cool, very encouraging.

The well-known artist [Lars Vilks] took his pictures to galleries in Värmland and Bohuslän. Both however refused to show the drawings on the grounds that the security risk was too great.

But now two groups – the Secular Muslims in Sweden (Semus) network and the magazine Minaret – have taken a joint decision to exhibit the sketches…

While he himself considers the drawings to be tasteless, [Semus spokesman Hooman] Anvari is adamant that they should be put on display.

“Our intention is to create a nuanced debate around freedom of speech, religious freedom and democracy. These issues tend to cause polarization if they are not tackled in the right way,” he said.

Needless to say, Anvari’s asking for all kinds of trouble from the usual suspects by doing this and I’m sure he knows it. Bravo. In case we have any Swedish speakers among our readers, here’s the post on Semus’s blog reporting Vilks’s acceptance of their invitation to attend the exhibition of his drawings. Gates of Vienna has background on Vilks and a copy of one of the drawings; a copy of a different one is available at Vilks’s website. It’s sad that pure crap like this gets headlines simply for its scandalous subject matter, a la “Piss Christ,” but that’s what the fundies get for burning down embassies. Good work, boys.

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