They seem to think that murdering Vilks was something justified — indeed, called for — by Islam. And once again, no “moderates” have come forward to explain how they’re getting the Religion of Peaceâ„¢ all wrong. And so the cycle endlessly repeats. An update on this story. “Brothers jailed for Vilks arson attack,” from The Local, July 15 (thanks to Fjordman):
The two brothers accused of fire-bombing the home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks, have been imprisoned, with the older brother being served a three year sentence and the younger two years.
The brothers, from Landskrona in the south of Sweden, faced charges of arson at Helsingborg district court, a crime that carries a penalty of 2-8 years imprisonment.
The prosecutor had sought a six year sentence for the elder brother, a 21-year-old, and four years for his 19-year-old younger brother.
As the court trial opened last Wednesday the 21-year-old defendant described Lars Vilks as “God’s enemy, he is the Prophet’s enemy, he is the Muslims’ enemy.”
“He is Islam’s greatest enemy right now,” he added.
The news agency did not give the brothers’ names, but the Expressen tabloid has identified them as Mentor and Mensur Alija, aged 21 and 19.
Vilks has faced numerous death threats and a suspected assassination plot since his drawing of the Muslim prophet with the body of a dog was first published by Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda in 2007 to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.
The drawing by Vilks prompted protests by Muslims in the town of Ã–rebro, west of Stockholm, where the newspaper is based, while Egypt, Iran and Pakistan made formal complaints.
An Al-Qaeda front organisation then offered $100,000 to anyone who murdered Vilks – with a $50,000 bonus if his throat was slit – and $50,000 for the death of Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson….
The slit throat bonus comes from the Qur’an’s directive to “strike at the necks” of the unbelievers (47:4; cf. 8:12).