Dear Ashraf, Many thanks for your answers and the discussion. You know, many people in Sweden wants to listen to Muslims discussing these matters in proper language. But it is also so than many Swedes mean that the Muslims are not capable of handling a discussion but will just come up with f-words and threats. I believe that things can be much better when we use debate and other democratic means. Yesterday 200 young Muslims made a demonstration in a Swedish city asking for their rights not to be insulted. I think that is good. Bring it out, make the different opinions clear and see what can be done. Here is my answers to your letter:
"You can make caricatures of Bush, Israel, Jesus, Jewish religion but not on Islam."
What do you mean by "YOU" ? No man, i can't make a cricature of Jesus or Jewish religion, we respect all prophets, and such drawings are completely forbidden in Islam.
You are right. This “you” means only certain regions and in most part ofthe western world.
"In Sweden there is no law against blasphemy but still we have a problem."
Your problem with blasphemy is completely yours, our religion must not be involved, i don't have to pee on your grave to solve my problem with freedom in my country, or you'll let me do this with a friendly smile? do you ?
Well, here we have a problem as we have Islam and Muslims in Sweden and many other countries where blasphemy is allowed. Here we can criticize and question religions. Why should there be an exception for Islam? For atheists it is natural to question all forms of religion saying that this is nothing but superstition. That must be possible according to our point of view. It is different with peeing on a specific person’s grave. To do that you need some very special reason. A grave and a buried person is not holy but a private affair.
"Religion is private and should be totally separated from politics"
how come? drawing our prophet as a dog and still want this matter to be separated from politics ? you insulted NATIONS not only a person, and who gave you the right to insult religions? your unlimited freedom?
The thing is of course that religion should not influence political decisions. It is not needed to go to the Koran to find a motivation for a law. The Koran is holy only for private purposes. The right to insult religions come from freedom of expression. Now we have a long tradition of criticising Christianity. A couple of years ago an exhibition with photos by an artist were shown in a Swedish cathedral. The photos showed Jesus as a homosexual surrounded by transvestites and bondage people. The exhibition was supported by the Arch Bishop. There were many reactions but the general opinion was in favour of it.
your "Conceptual" artpiece is nothing to make me feel down :) and if you really want to creat an "artpiece" send me a cartoon by you about holocaust . do you dare ? can you say that Holocaust is a very big lie ?
In many countries you can publish material saying that the holocaust is a lie. But it will be a strange message as we have so many facts about what was going on in Germany. We consider it a fact the millions of Jews were killed. So, if you make a cartoon denying the holocaust you must have something to come up with. A reasonable doubt.
A religion is not a fact. The prophet being holy is not a fact but an opinion among believers.
Do it Mr. Lars at least to show us that you are really believe in freedom of expression you are talking about , that's my only demand from you.
and i'm the one who asking you this time: IS IT POSSIBLE ? ;)
I can do that, but it will not have any effect. If I am doing it only to prove it can be done then it will be too easy to understand the purpose. What I cannot do is to make some cartoons doubting the holocaust where I at the same time should believe that it didn’t take place. Because it, as I said, is a fact.
Best wishes Lars