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May 18th, 2010
06:33 AM ET

Opinion: Attack on cartoonist a threat to us all

Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A special assistant to President Bush in 2001-02, he is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again" and is the editor of FrumForum.

By David Frum, CNN Contributor

Firebombed. Cyberattacked. Attacked by a shouting mob. That's what happened to Lars Vilks in the week ending May 16.

And if you think: "Well thank goodness my week was a lot quieter," think again. The attacks on Vilks were an attack on you too.

Lars Vilks is a Swedish cartoonist. In the summer of 2007, he was invited to submit three drawings to an exhibition sponsored by the town of Tallerud. The exhibition's theme: "the dog in art." Vilks produced three pencil sketches of street dogs with human faces, the face (Vilks said) of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Even if you don't know the rest of the story, you can easily imagine.

Read the full column by David Frum

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Islam • Opinion

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  1. ELIZABETH MCYNTYRE

    Why are all these US government officals coming on TV and acting like they are apolizing? You can stop Terry Jones in a second if wanted to (and those hiding in the name of FOS-freedom of speech) or otherwise please shut up.

    Thanks

    September 9, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  2. Helene Hill

    I'm friends with Mr Bill Tomsick.. He's on FB as I am too... He's been gathering people from "ALL WALKS OF LIFE" to get a program started to help find "Missing & Abducted children, women & men"!!! NASA & The Military have the TECHNOLOGY to accomplish this very IMPORTANT ISSUE!!! They've had this TECHNOLOGY since the 60s!!! I don't understand why this equipment hasn't been used to help locate ALL THESE VICTIMS!!! So many lives could have been SAVED & so many TRADGEDIES COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED!!! Please contact Mr Tomsick &/or PLEASE HELP US BRING THIS NEWS TO PUBLIC ATTENTION!!! We can be SAVING LIVES NOW!!! Thank you so much for your time... Sincerely, Helene Hill...

    August 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
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