Danish cartoonist urges Wilders to show film

Dutch MP Geert Wilders should definitely go ahead and release his controversial anti-Koran film, says Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in Monday’s Volkskrant.

Westergaard, who lives in safe houses following death threats after his cartoons showing the prophet Mohammad were published in Danish papers, says he does not understand Dutch politicians who say the film should be banned.
‘It’s a matter of freedom of speech and Muslims have to accept that,’ he tells the Volkskrant. He says he doesn’t regret publishing his cartoons ‘at all’, saying it is perfectly acceptable to do so in a democracy. ‘If Muslims feel offended, they should learn to cope with that’. There is a new totalitarian force threatening Europe and it is his ‘duty’ to use his cartoons to start a debate, he adds.
The paper has also taken the unusual step of placing an English translation of the article on its website.

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