SWEDEN: Malmo ‘dhimmi’ Mayor’s panties in a wad over artist’s plans for another exhibition of paintings of the Paedophile Prophet Mohammed

FirefoxScreenSnapz0014Lars Vilks, Swedish artist whose home was firebombed by Muslims after depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a dog announced that he would display new paintings of the prophet at an exhibition in the Muslim immigrant-infested city of Malmo later this year. “It’s important to continue because if you yield to threats and back away, you have abandoned the democratic principle,” said Vilks.

The Local The artist has faced numerous death threats since his drawing of the Muslim prophet with the body of a dog was first published by Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda in 2007, illustrating an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

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The mayor of Malmö has slammed an upcoming exhibition of work by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, saying he hoped no one would visit the gallery to see artwork he said was “associated with xenophobes”. 

“Of course he has the right to display what he calls art anywhere he wants,” Mayor Ilmar Reepalu told the TT news agency. “But as far as I can gather, this is pretty bad art and I think they want to use the gallery for political ends,” he added. “Vilks is increasingly associated in people’s minds with xenophobic groups at the far right of the political spectrum. I hope not a single person visits the gallery.”

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News of the show, set to open in July, prompted representatives from different religions in the multicultural southern city to call an emergency meeting. Some observers appeared frightened that the show would provoke a violent reaction.

The new paintings of Mohammed would show the prophet – still with a dog’s body – transplanted into famous works by artists including Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens and Anders Zorn, Vilks told the AFP news agency.

It was “hard to tell” whether the July exhibition would prompt more protests and threats, he added. “At some point this has to be over and done with,” said Vilks, who has already met with the police to discuss safety at the show.

VILKS and his dog

VILKS and his dog

In 2009, Colleen LaRose, an American woman calling herself “Jihad Jane”, was arrested in the US with seven others for plotting to kill Vilks. She has pleaded guilty to terror charges and faces life behind bars.

Vilks told TT that he was pleased that his art has been given the green light by curator Henrik Rönnquist. “It’s a breakthrough that he dares to put these paintings on show now. I am not trying to kick up a stink, I’d sooner get rid of all the drama. People should be able to criticize Islam,” Vilks said. The show’s curator said that he is prepared to tackle the safety concerns, in order to stand up for free speech, democracy, and religious freedom.

With one in three of its residents born outside Sweden, Malmoe has been at the centre of a polarising Swedish debate on immigration. The city’s Islamic Centre estimates there are 100,000 people with “a Muslim background” in the area.

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21 comments on “SWEDEN: Malmo ‘dhimmi’ Mayor’s panties in a wad over artist’s plans for another exhibition of paintings of the Paedophile Prophet Mohammed

  1. Personally i don’t think the artwork is good.

    But i do appreciate the message behind it, that liberal western countries stand for freedom of speech which is a 2 way street.

    Making death threats isn’t considered freedom of speech, and in fact is a criminal offense that can land you behind bars.

    Another thing about the picture, although i like the freedom of speech message it tries to potray, i don’t believe making the prophet look like a dog is in good taste. There are better caricatures closer to the facts that would make a better point of arguement why people would find the religion to be illogical or distasteful.

    Or better yet, have a tv show documentary and analyze the religion critically.

    A picture that feels more about insulting, rather than debating is less beneficial, and actually makes the author stoop to their level of mud slinging.

    Stick to the facts and proper debates imho :X

  2. How on earth is it possible to determine it is Mohammed who is depicted with a dog’s body? It just looks like it is some pro-Islam advocate. Really!

    Great art is about 1% skilled depiction, 99% political statement. Hurray for Vilks. I hope he has security not only for himself but for his incredibly cute dog.

    Even in Canada, I have been targeted for my views, my Christianity, other associated demographics, and part of what has been done has included poisoning my dogs … or trying to. The first time my dog picked up the hunk of meat and brought it to me without ingesting it after the man who threw it screamed he had a gun and would shoot me and my dogs. At that time, I thought the man was simply crazy but then it happened time and time again. And I’m a nobody who only published a few letters to editors and pointed out criminal activities to police. So good for Vilks and I wish him all the best success. These criminals are vicious and cut my other dog to the bone on top of her right paw right at the first joint and infected her with a virus the vet said was “not from around here” but “foreign” and one she’d “never seen before” that would not respond to antibiotics. I managed to heal it with old-fashioned poultices but then they broke in and put some kind of greasy substance on her back that killed her in about two weeks.

    I’d like to draw a picture or two, let me tell you…and if you love art, you know that is a metaphor.

  3. Somebody once described them as “Whiney-assed, carpet-kissing, barbaric Hominids of the Perpetually Offended.” Sounds about right.

  4. Being a Brit, I am not allowed to carry a gun. (Stupidity to my mind.) The muzzie was very lucky. I was working nights in a gas station and the door was always locked at night. We took payment through a window. The key to the door was kept in the office and I could not get it easily. If I could have gotten out, I really think I would have killed him. He was a realPOS.

  5. in at least one drawing mo looks like a jacksass and not a dog. anyway muslims are so perpetually offended it’s depressing what a screwy religion

    • of course they are, hell the head fothermucker himself, obam’s bin lyn’ is the proclaimed, by these mutts of islam, as head caliphate in waiting, and as a matter of fact and ploicies he’s arming them with the very weapons we furnish their predessor with, think lybia, as an example, so why should they proclaim, they are all for the terrorist and their intentional means, by tax dollars of the ifidels, the end of our freedom at the hands of the head hunters of islam, the religion of oieces. wow what a friend, to them, we call him as we see it, a TRAITOR of these United States and the entire world for that matter, can’t be letting the sheeples in on the outcomes for the one they voted for now, can we?
      P.S. when they come for your tools of our Liberties, give it to them, bullets first and don’t apologise for it either, they deserve every thing coming their way, they’ve earned it.
      Semper FI

  6. This man has some serious balls. The Koranimals will kill him for this because his own people will NOT protect him. But he is not backing down to threats. BALLS! So many in the West lack these.

  7. What a pity that muzzies and dhimmis are such delicate flowers who are easily offended. It`s about time they got a life and stopped trying to limit our freedoms. I personally think that drawing moHAMed as a dog is an insult to dogs. Dogs are great, and good company, I would rather have a million dogs than one muzzie. My hatred of muzzies came after 911 when a muzzie told me I should be shot for wearing a Stars and Stripes badge. He told me that Americans were terrorists and were going to go out and kill muslims for no reason. They are sick, and the world would be better off without them in it.

    • Carol, dogs are willing participants in the Crusade against muslims. That’s because they know that Muslims will try to poison them, given the chance.

      Too bad you weren’t carrying a gun to stick in that guy’s face when he said that.

  8. Lars Vilks is a hero of free speech. He is a light and a trail blazer to other artists who hopefully will follow him. Mohammedans are afraid of the power of pictures to influence the human heart to be more generously human.

    Mohammedans primarily want people to be afraid of them.

  9. Not particularly good drawings, in my view, but I admire his courage and will defend his right to make and publish these drawings.

      • ABSOLUTELY! And I DO hope Ol’ Lars takes a good security team with him, such as a few well trained mercenary executive protection specialists, former Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, Delta Force and Black Ops operatives; you know, a security team with know-how and the cojones to put down a bunch of unruly asslifters, AND make damn sure that they STAY down!!….If he could get a few Israeli Commandos on his security team, THAT sure wouldn’t hurt either!!….May God Bless and keep Lars Vilks!!

      • “The city’s Islamic Centre estimates there are 100,000 people with “a Muslim blackground” in the area.”

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