Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist whose sketch of the Prophet Muhammad enraged many Muslims, was head-butted today while giving a lecture about freedom of speech. Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in 2007, said he was assaulted by a man sitting on the front row as he spoke at the University of Uppsala, about 70 kilometers from Stockholm. A spokesman for the Uppsala police said about 20 people tried to attack Vilks after interrupting his lecture, adding that the police had to intervene to stop them.
The aftermath of the assault was caught on tape.
The incident above is not the only attack on Vilks. There were other more serious attacks at his home not to mention the alleged plot to Kill the Swede involving seven Irish based Muslims. These attacks highlight the insecurity that many conservative Muslims have over their religion. Politically moderate Muslims, even those who are deeply devout have long since gotten over any initial displeasure that they felt at the cartoons. It is only the likes of Liam Egan's Muslim Public Affairs Committee and other militant groups that continue to promote this as an issue with the inevitable consequences that we saw today.