First of all, SION is not an anti-Muslim group, but against the sharia, the implementation of political Islam which results in the Islamization of a society. The media’s attempt to make Islam into an ethnicity/race along the same line as Jew/Judaism needs to be debunked at every turn. Ex-Muslims who either convert from Islam or reject religion altogether, do not consider themselves to be ”Muslims” afterwards, in comparison to Jews who do the same, who remain Jews nonetheless. There are even Jews who convert to Christianity who still regard themselves as Jews, I have yet to hear of a Muslim convert to Christianity who still refers to himself a Muslim afterwards.
NOTE: I interviewed Lars Vilks a few years ago in Stockholm
Vilks cites KKK to defend talk to anti-Muslim group
Published: 31 Aug 12 12:36 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation
Swedish artist Lars Vilks has defened his decision to speak at an anti-Islamic conference in New York on September 11th, claiming he would also accept an invitation from the Ku Klux Klan.
Vilks, the Swedish artist who enraged Muslim groups with his depictions of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, agreed earlier this month to speak at a conference organized by the anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of Nations (SION).
Last week, however, an art gallery in northern Sweden booted him from a planned group exhibition because of his decision to accept the SION invitation.
Several of the other participating artists pulled out in solidarity with Vilks, stirring up a debate in Sweden this week about artistic freedom and Islamophobia.
The art exhibition, which was due to open on September 30th, has since been cancelled.
In a lengthy interview published in the Aftonbladet newspaper on Thursday, Vilks defended his decision to speak at the SION event.
“If the Ku Klux Klan had invited me, I would have gone,” he told the paper.
In the lengthy Aftonbladet interview, Vilks said that SION is a “demagogic” organization that “cannot be disregarded”.
“They have a growing political influence. Their campaigns generate violent attention,” Vilks said.