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Vilks reportedly was in shock and had his glasses broken in the melee Tuesday, at a lecture marked by a violent protest that prompted police to use pepper spray and batons to remove Vilks from the scene. The artist says we wants to hold the lecture again if the university, Sweden's oldest, will reinvite him. This year, Vilks, 53, was the target of an alleged murder plot. He has faced death threats since depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog in a 2007 illustration. "What you get is a mob deciding what can be discussed at the university," Vilks told the AP. "I'm ready to go up again," he said. "This must be carried through. You cannot allow it to be stopped." Battles over freedom of expression vs. beliefs about Muhammad depictions have been waged on several cartoon-related fronts this year. Comedy Central recently censored attempts by the animated show "South Park" to depict and satirize Muhammad, said the show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Comedy Central's editing of recent episodes prompted some cartoonists to show their support for Stone and Parker, whose show sparked talk of violence by the New York-based group Revolution Muslim. Seventeen Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonists recently signed a petition to support the "South Park" creators and their right to freedom of expression without threat of violence. Several days ago, another Pulitzer winner, Pat Oliphant, added his name to that petition.
Originally posted by kj6754
Originally posted by wisdomnotemotion
They'll get the same reaction or worse if it's on Buddhist, Hindu or Christian.
I don't think so. I was watching a music video yesterday of a guy rapping inside of a Christian church. He was using various obscenities while comparing himself to Jesus Christ. Many people were offended by the video but most found it hilarious which it was.