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Interview with Lars Vilks: Vigorous Defender of Free Expression in Art
by Jerry Gordon and Jon Hausman (November 2010)
Lars Vilks, Swedish artist and controversial art theoretician, created sketches of Mohammed as a Roundabout Dog for a "Dog as Art" exhibit in 2007. Swedish news reports about withdrawal of his sketches at sponsored exhibits led to an eruption of controversy and threats against his life from Muslims in Sweden and around the World. That roiling controversy has made him an iconic figure in the conflict between Freedom of Expression versus Islamic totalitarian doctrine. Vilks was recently in America for a series of talks sponsored by the International Free Press Society (IFPS) with scheduled events in Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto and Ottawa. Two of those events, Philadelphia and Ottawa, were cancelled because of alleged security reasons. Even the event in Boston had to be moved to a secure private setting from a local synagogue. more>>>