* Euro anti-dhimmitude, and a courageous showing from Lars Vilks. An update on this story. From AFP via DW
STOCKHOLM — The Swedish media rallied Sunday behind a cartoonist whose depiction of the Islamic prophet as a dog earned him death threats from Al Qaeda in Iraq, as Swedish companies braced for a backlash.
Cartoonist Lars Vilks said he was ready to die after extremists in Iraq offered $150,000 to anyone who slit his throat, or $100,000 for his murder by other means.
“We must not give in,” he was quoted as saying in the Dagens Nyheter daily that republished the cartoon in small format Sunday.
“I’m starting to grow old. I could die at any time – it’s not a catastrophe,” he said.
The group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq, otherwise known as Al Qaeda in Iraq, also put $50,000 on the head of Ulf Johansson, editor in chief of the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper that published the caricature.
Swedish media condemned the threats, issued through the Internet Saturday in the form of a statement in the name of the group’s purported leader, Sheikh Abu Omar Al Baghdadi.
“We live in a country where freedom of expression is not dictated by fundamentalists, nor by governments,” wrote Dagens Nyheter chief editor Thorbjorn Larsson in an editorial.
* Right. Freedom is not free. We’re all good enjoying the freedom our ancestors fought for. But how good are we defending it? Now where is the rest of the Euro-dhimmi’s and the MSM?
Dennis Prager:Â How the Left perverted journalism, education and the courts
Whether one is on the left or right, it cannot be denied that the left has had an enormous impact on the major institutions of American society â€” specifically journalism, education and the judiciary.
In every poll I have seen, liberals overwhelm conservatives in academia, including the teachers’ colleges, which are quite far left, and in journalism. And few deny the leftward tilt of the Supreme Court for most of the last 40 years.
The question, then, is not whether the left has had such an impact, but why.
I learned a major part of the answer years ago in Idaho where I was the moderator of a panel of judges â€” including a past California Supreme Court justice â€” and lawyers connected to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I asked the panel members to give their view of the role of judges. The response of the liberal former California Supreme Court justice opened my eyes to the left’s view of virtually everything in society.
He said that the purpose of a California Supreme Court justice, and for that matter, every judge, is to fight economic inequality and racism in society.
I responded that I thought the one purpose of a judge was to render justice in the courtroom.
I might as well have responded in biblical Hebrew (that’s where I got the idea of a judge’s role anyway): He and the other liberals on the panel reacted as if I had offered a new and original notion of judges’ roles.