Not only did Lars Vilks merit a bounty for his blasphemy, but also a fatwa. Here’s the latest from Carpenter:
The Modoggie affair has resulted in a Fatwa, issued by “The European Council for Fatwa and Research”, whose existence I wasn’t aware of until just a minute ago. Expressen published the Fatwa yesterday, point by point. No English version is yet available, as far as I know. But here’s my translation of the ten items of the Fatwa in question:
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1. We condemn the caricature and consider it an insult to the religion of all Muslims, and also an insult of all people’s religions. 2. We maintain our convictions on free press and strive for increased freedom of speech. But to insult other people’s sanctuaries is not included in freedom of speech; it’s a crime against human rights. 3. We consider the caricature conflicting with our struggle for a positive integration between different European societies in which Islam is a part. 4. We consider the caricature conflicting with our work on creating a inter-religious dialogue with other religious groups.
5. We ask European authorities to protect Muslims and other believers from insults. 6. We ask religious and human rights organizations to counteract the insults to religions and sanctuaries. 7. We repudiate all acts of violence, including murder, because it’s insulting to other people as well as contradicting the doctrine of Islam. 8. We ask European legislatures to institute laws that criminalize insults to all religions and sanctuaries. 9. We ask Muslims in Europe to be reasonable and defend their sanctuaries with the help of current democratic laws and to repudiate everything related to violence and acts of crime. 10. We maintain our objective of helping European Muslims to contribute prosperity to their countries and that this mad caricature shouldn’t stop this important process.
Carpenter adds: “Number 8 is my favorite…”
For previous posts on Lars Vilks and the Roundabout Dogs, see the Modoggie Archives.