Now you have the chance to get new Muhammed dogs on you wall every month for just $60. At the same time you will not only support the artist Lars Vilks, who has to live under death threats, but also free speech.
Lars Vilks had hardly drawn his famous roundabout dog in the shape of an elderly bearded man who might be Muhammed in 2007, before he was inundated with death threats. The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized the picture and demanded that one should show respect for prophets. In Pakistan they burned Swedish flags and a puppet meant to represent the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
The daily Nerikes Allehanda published the drawing, which lead to demonstrations outside the editorial offices demanding an apology. On May 11, 2010 Lars Vilks was attacked during a lecture at Uppsala University. He received a headbutt and the lecture has to be cut short.
Three days later, on the night before May 15, 2010, two Muslim brothers tried to burn down Lars Vilks house in Nyhamnsläge, Skåne. Vilks was not at home and the brothers, Mentor Alija, 21, and Mensur Alija, 19, only managed to harm themselves and were immediately apprehended. They were sentence to two and three years in jail.
But it was not until a suicide bomber has released his bomb in Stockholm on December 11, 2010, that Lars Vilks finally got protection by lifeguards around the clock. Prior to this, American police has apprehended the American convert Colleen LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, who was a member of an al-Qaeda-inspired group that wanted to murder Vilks. It recently came to light that Jihad Jane was exposed due to information gathered by the much-criticized NSA. It had retrieved an e-mail outlining Jihad Janes murder plans and she was arrested on a plane in October 2009. She risks life imprisonment but the trial has been postponed several times.
Dispatch International and Free Speech Europe can now offer you a unique calendar for 2014 with 12 drawings by Lars Vilks. When the year is over, you can frame them and hang them on your wall. All for the price of $60.