You may remember the name Lars Vilks — he’s the Swedish artist who was at the center of controversy in 2007 because he drew the Islamic prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body.
You can read more about those pictures here.
A few months ago, Vilks spoke at Uppsala University in Sweden and this is what went down:
His home was fire-bombed a few days after that.
“That a university lecture is interrupted by violence is a serious thing, regardless of the opinion that provoked the reaction,” Folke Tersman, the head of the university’s philosophy department, said in Monday’s statement.
“It is incompatible with the basic values democracy is based on. It is to uphold these values that we are inviting him again,” he added.
Now, that is courage.
I hope security is ramped up and Vilks remains safe. No one deserves the sort of treatment he’s received for unpopular opinions. Vilks has every right to criticize Islamic beliefs in any way he chooses. It’s the Muslim radicals who are taking things too far by responding with physical attacks.