What a way to end the Ramadan Bombathon.
The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday.
The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV.
In 2015, Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Paris offices of the French secularist satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had printed cartoons of the Prophet. In 2005, the publication in a Danish newspaper of a dozen cartoons depicting the Prophet led to violent protests across the Muslim world.
Cartoons depicting Mohammed have provoked violent responses from ordinary Muslims 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, Reuters reports.
“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.
In 2015, Islamist zealots murdered 12 people at the Paris offices of the French secularist satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The magazine had printed cartoons of the Mohammed, who is deemed a prophet by Muslims.
In 2005, the publication in a Danish newspaper of a dozen cartoons depicting Mohammed led to violent protests across the Muslim world.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 12th, 2018