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STOCKHOLM - Police say the home of a Swedish artist whose drawing of the Prophet Muhammad offended Muslims has been subjected to a suspected arson attack.
Lars Vilks, from Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden, was not at home during the attack and no injuries have been reported.
According to police reports, attackers smashed windows and left plastic bottles filled with gasoline behind them. A small fire broke out, but is thought to have fizzled out by itself. There were no suspects.
Originally posted by RedGolem
reply to post by TheLaughingGod
This has been going on for years. Ever since the cartoon came out. Hats off with respect to the artist and the news paper who published. I hope they will never give in to those who are doing this. I also hope the authorities will work to find those responsible.
Also this is yet another example of why no one should ever let religious doctrine govern a society.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
It's truly sad that we've come to a point where we are actually afraid to express ourselves and cater to the delusional thoughts of these extremists.
A sad, sad day in journalism and comedy.
Originally posted by ArMaP
It was a sad day when a newspaper asked for what they knew (unless they were all incredibly ignorant) would create a situation like this.
Originally posted by makeitso
Its a sad day when art has to be censored out of fear of death.
Which was the authors point.
The reason the drawings became a problem is because a couple of Imams went to Iran and LIED to create a situation. The Imams added images that were never part of the drawings. Iran then got others to stage protests using the added images.
Yet amid the hurly-burly of 19th century empires, Sufism lost ground. The fall of Islam's traditional powers — imperial dynasties such as the Mughals and the Ottomans — created a hunger for a more muscular religious identity than that found in the intoxicating whirl of a dervish or the quiet wisdom of a sage. Nationalism and fundamentalism subdued Sufism's eclectic spirit. In the West, Sufism now usually provokes paeans to an alternative, ascetic life, backed up perhaps by a few verses from Rumi, a medieval Sufi poet much cherished by New Age spiritualists. But there was nothing fringe or alternative about it. "In many places, Sufism was the way whole populations expressed their Muslim identity," says Faisal Devji, an expert on political Islam at Oxford University. "In South Asia, it was the norm."
But can Sufism really bend terrorist swords into plowshares? The question is most urgent in South Asia, home to more than a third of the world's Muslims and the cradle of Sufi Islam. Shrines of Sufi saints are ubiquitous in India and Pakistan and still attract thousands of devotees. Yet the Taliban in Pakistan have set about destroying such sites, which are anathema to their literalist interpretation of the Koran. "Despite our ancient religious tradition," says Ayeda Naqvi, a writer and Sufi scholar from Lahore, "we are being bullied and intimidated by a new form of religion that is barely one generation old."
Originally posted by Xilvius
Maybe I'm retarded, but my common sense is wondering how someone can get sooooooo offended just because their "prophet" is depicted as a cartoon. I mean seriously, what kind of 4 year old mentality is that?
As far as this arson attempt on this hero of sorts, I think the childish extremist punks should be beaten and shot.