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Lars Vilks

WSJ Interview

21 Jan, 2015

Vilks opens up about the changes in his life since drawing the prophet Muhammad as a dog on a traffic circle. While he can’t talk about the details of his protection, he does say he feels safer and misses the ability to be spontaneous. He also rejects the idea that artist and satirists have to be careful when they criticize Islam.

Almost the entire Muslim world is subject to a theological rule that has a strange outcome when it comes to human rights. You can’t ignore that. Then you’re talking tactics, how should one go about to change that. Some say you should be very careful, but that’s just postponing the problem. Sooner or later, you have to explain what you’re criticizing.