Mahmoud Aldebe, the chairman of Sveriges Muslimska Förbund (the Muslim Association of Sweden), spoke out about the Modoggies in an interview on Swedish radio P4 Örebro today [RealPlayer soundfile]. Carpenter has supplied a translation:
“Nobody should feel free to agitate against Muslims, as protected by laws. There ought to be a clear law to protect the Muslim minority in this country.”
So you mean that there should be a concept of Islamophobia, and that it should be punishable?
“Yes. I want to see that Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are prevented. Nobody should try to insult groups of people and cite the freedom of speech laws.”
But this drawing is about a person, or a symbol, for Muslims. It’s not about every Muslim.
“I actually expected a review of the artist’s background and opinions on politics. He clearly shows, when explaining, that he’s actually proud of his ability to somehow draw it better…”
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