Well, more of a sketch, but it is enough to set the Muslims off, ya know
(By Lars Vilks)
From The Local (Sweden may be known for hot blondes, but, geez, let’s work on the paper’s title, folks)
Pakistan has added its voice to that of Iran in condemning the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in newspaper Nerikes Allehanda. Sweden has told Pakistan it is sorry if the publication hurt Muslim feelings.
The protest concerned a cartoon by artist Lars Vilks, which showed the head of Muhammad on the body of a dog. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad said Pakistan condemned the publication “in the strongest terms.”
“Regrettably, the tendency among some Europeans to mix the freedom of expression with an outright and deliberate insult to 1.3 billion Muslims in the world is on the rise,” the statement said.
According to the Pakistani statement, Holst said the Swedish government “fully shared the views of the Muslim community” and called the publication on August 18th “unfortunate.”
Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Björkander told The Local it had been a “misunderstanding” on the part of the Pakistanis to conclude that the government fully shared the views of the Muslim community.
Björkander added, however: “The Chargé d’Affaires said he was sorry if the publication had hurt Muslim feelings.”
But, you know it is OK to do all sorts of things to offend Christians, like the cross in a jar of urine, and hey, how about an exhibit that “features a statue of the Virgin Mary in a burqa and a holographic image of Jesus that transforms into … Osama bin Laden.” (via Captain’s Quarters)
But, wait, it gets better!
(Björkander) also said that Holst had told the Pakistani official that freedom of the press is strongly protected in the Swedish constitution.
“Otherwise the Swedish government has no opinion on the matter,” she said.
The government has no opinion (except that the government fully shared the views of the Muslim community)
There are supposed to be three sketches. I cannot read Mr. Vilks website (Swedish?), but it looks like the others are here and here. This one is amusing, too. He also features a hook-nosed pig, supposed to represent a modern jew sow.
Moving over to CNS News, they refer to the Danish cartoons, linked in with this one
The ripple effects of the episode are still being felt, with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a 57-member bloc of Islamic states, working to have international institutions outlaw the “defamation of prophets” and combat “Islamophobia.”
But there is no “Christianaphobia” in the Muslim world, right? I mean, just because churches are burned, Bibles are destroyed, Christian converts face the death penalty, Christians must pretty much hide themselves in Muslim countries, no, there is no Christianaphobia.
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