Artist Lars Vilks has a bodyguard with him at all times. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/SCANPIX
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Artist Lars Vilks to attend anti-Muslim conference

The Swedish artist Lars Vilks will participate in the anti-Muslim conference in New York on September 11. There, he is slated to talk about the debate sparked by his drawings depicting the prophet Muhammed as a dog and the subsequent murder threats that were levelled at him, Swedish Radio News reports.

The illustrations were published in a Swedish newspaper in 2007. Now Vilks has a bodyguard with him at all times.

The conference is organized by the international alliance Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), founded by Pamela Geller, who together with the extreme right group English Defense League organised a so-called counter jihad meeting in Stockholm this past weekend.

Asked by Swedish Radio News whether he finds it problematic to be linked to such a group, Vilks said, "no, I don't see a problem. If people want to link me and my work to this or that, they can. I do no see Islam as a big threat to the West."

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