And to hell with free speech. A New Order is coming to Europe, and the Swedes are on board.
“Sweden ‘regrets’ Prophet cartoon,” from the BBC (thanks to all who sent this in):
Sweden’s embassy in Pakistan has expressed regret over the publication of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a Swedish newspaper.
Pakistan had complained about the cartoon, which depicted the head of the Prophet on the body of a dog.
Sweden’s government said it regretted any hurt but could not apologise as it was not responsible for the drawing and could not prevent its publication….
The new drawing depicting the Prophet’s head on the body of a dog was published in the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda on Sunday.
The cartoon’s creator, Lars Vilks, told the Associated Press news agency the drawing was art.
“I’m not against Islam. Everybody knows that,” he is quoted as saying.
The publication prompted the Iranian government to complain to Swedish diplomats earlier this week….
A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman said the government had “expressed regret that the publication of the cartoons had hurt the feelings of Muslims”.
“We can’t apologise for the cartoons because we did not publish them,” spokeswoman Sofia Karlberg told the BBC News website.
Ms Karlberg said the government could not influence the publication of such cartoons because of rules concerning media freedom in the country….
The Pakistani foreign ministry expressed sorrow at what it described as a growing tendency “among some Europeans to mix the freedom of expression with an outright and deliberate insult to 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide”.
“Such acts deeply undermine the efforts of those who seek to promote respect and understanding among religions and civilisations,” a foreign ministry statement said.
According to the Pakistani statement, the Swedish diplomat had said his government “fully shared the views of the Muslim community and termed the publication as unfortunate”….
A Swedish Islamic centre has planned a demonstration outside the paper’s offices in the town of Orebro, the AP news agency says.
An umbrella body representing 57 Muslim nations, the Organisation of Islamic Conference, condemned the latest cartoon and urged the Swedish government to punish those responsible.
The chairman of the body also urged Muslims to remain calm and exercise restraint.
Good luck with that.