Let’s see, when a Danish cartoonist drew several cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005 that were published in a magazine, it led to violent protests and riots all around the Muslim world and forced the cartoonist to go into hiding.
When Pamela Geller held a Draw Mohammed competition in Garland, Texas, in 2015, two Muslim terrorists who planned to kill people at the competition were fortunately killed outside the venue by an alert security officer.
And I don’t think I have to tell you what happened to the Charlie Hebdo staff in 2015. Twelve of them were slaughtered in their workplace by irate Muslims who were offended by the cartoonists’ many depictions of Mohammed.
So it comes as a bit of surprise to learn that in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders of the anti-Islam Party for Freedom, now plans to hold a competition for drawing cartoons of Mohammed inside the Dutch parliament.
Daily Mail (h/t Terry D) The Party for Freedom, led by Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, will hold a competition for drawing cartoons depicting Mohammed, it said today.
The party said the plan to hold the contest in the party’s secure offices in the Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV.
Cartoons depicting Mohammed have provoked violent responses from fanatics in the past. Many Muslims believe it is forbidden to draw Mohammed.
Wilders’ Freedom Party is the leading opposition party in parliament after coming in second place in elections last March.
He has called for the Koran to be banned and says Islam is a totalitarian faith. ‘Freedom of speech is threatened, especially for Islam critics,’ Wilders said in a statement.
We should never accept that. ‘Freedom of speech is our most important freedom.’
American cartoonist Bosch Fawstin, winner of a similar contest in Garland, Texas, in May 2015, has been asked to judge the Dutch contest, which will be held later this year.