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Lars Vilks: mobs are determining what can be discussed

Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoonist who was attacked at a university while lecturing on free speech, remains defiant against extreme
religious views
that censor free speech through intimidation.

While the university doesn’t seem keen on inviting the cartoonist again for the lecture, the artist has expressed anguish over the fact that the incident showed the worrying trend of certain individuals and groups trying to restrict the freedom of expression.

“What you get is a mob deciding what can be discussed at the university,” Vilks said.

“I’m ready to go up again. This must be carried through. You cannot allow it to be stopped,” he added.

Community Comments

#1 Carl Moore
May/13/2010
@ 5:18 pm

Was Vilks attacked by Muslims or non-Muslim Swedish students? And why wouldn’t the university want to invite him back – too much controversy? It would anger Muslims? And if so, so what? Isn’t that what a university is about – free speech, even controversial free speech… no, especially controversial free speech? What the heck is happening in the West when long-established universities cave in to this kind of nonsense?

#2 Gar Molloy
May/19/2010
@ 3:42 am

Political correctness has been the bane of comedians and social commentators for quite some time now. There’s kind of a left-wing tyrrany of having to respect everyone going on. I blame women.

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