Home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist attacked

STOCKHOLM - The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected arson attack, police said Saturday.

Lars Vilks, who lives in Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden, was not at home during the attack late Friday night and no one was reported injured.

It was the latest in a week of attacks on the 53-year-old cartoonist, who was assaulted Tuesday by a man while he lectured at a university and saw his Web site apparently attacked by hacker on Wednesday.


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The response of many Americans to 9/11 was to guard mosques in their area to prevent them from being attacked in retaliation.

Muslims need to realize that in most of the Western world, the right of free expression takes precendent over their belief that their prophet should not be drawn. Free expression means that sometimes others are offended. That's just the way it is.

There is a certain sad irony in the idea that it is the refugees of the House of Islam which can tolerate no dissent. They are now the ones intent on perpetuating the very system of intolerance that has driven so many from their homes in the first place.

The Catholic teaching has always been to allow the tares to grow with the wheat, the lies and the perversion to grow alongside the truth.

If Mohammed is a true prophet, his truth will stand long after the weeds have choked themselves out. Lies and perversions choke on their own contradictions until the truth triumphs. The true defense of truth lies in our proclaiming of it.

Some see the willingness of Muslims to react so violently against insults as a measure of their faith. Perhaps it is just the opposite. It is a weak faith that requires violence to ensure its success. If they truly believed, then they wouldn't need threats and violence in the first place.

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