The Lack Of Self Criticism In Muslim Communities

In 1979, Monty Python’s movie “Life Of Brian” caused a lot of stir amongst christians in the world. Due to Sweden’s secular society in that time, the movie had premiere in Stockholm of all places in the world. The movie was forbidden in Norway, where heresy was still a crime. The humorous Monty Python gang had to sit in a debate with christian bishops and defend their brilliant movie.

It didn’t take long before the christians actually cooled down and learned to accept the classical comedy. Since then, religion and mostly Christianity has been a popular theme in comedy, to make jokes about and to chritizise. As an atheist, I have no problem with that. But I have a problem with people, comedians and politicians who have completely surrendered to muslim extremism and let the extreme muslims decide what to joke about and what to not joke about.

The muslim community has an issue when it comes to chritisism. The peaceful religion of humanism and peace, must not be mocked, or otherwise you will be killed. That isn’t a peaceful logic at all. But it is surely a logic that is normalized in a lot of islamist circles. But I cannot see this issue amongst christians, jews, buddhists or hindues at all. Imagine a group of jews gathering in the streets, knocking polices and burning their neighbours cars, just because some fool has burned the Talmud in front of them. Imagine christians cutting the throat of a teacher, whose only crime was to uncover a charicature of Jesus or Maria. That doesn’t sound very familiar doesn’t it.

So why does it always happen when you moch islam? Well, the answer is easy. Muslims often come from countries, where their religious freedom are restricted. Therefore they do not have the same tradition of democracy that we have had in the west. That’s not very strange. But we should never let muslim extremists decide for us what is to critisize or mock. Do not stop mocking religion and critizising it, no matter if it’s christianity, judaism or islam. If we stop chritisizing it, the extremists have won.

You can mock and insult ideas, both ideological and religious. That is not the same thing as mocking and insulting people. I don’t like people burning religious books. But it should not be illegal. That’s very dangerous. If you have an idea you want to share and spread, I will listen. But don’t come and say that I’m not allowed burn your book. Do you really believe that people will find your religion convincing if we’re not allowed to burn your book? Are you really so weak in your faith that you let such nonsense effect you? Come on!

Dinosaurier – Dinosaurs

Jag skulle vilja dela med mig av en intressant dokumentär jag gjort. Musiken och berättarrösten är min egen, men videoklippen är från BBCs dokumentärer “Dinosauriernas Tid”, “Monstrens Tid” och “Odjurens Tid”. Filmer som tillhör min barndom.

Nu tillgängliga med både svensk och engelsk undertext.

I would like to share with you an interesting documentary I’ve made. The music is my own and so is also the narrator. The video sequences are from the BBC documentaries “Walking with Dinosaurs”, “Walking with Monsters” and “Walking with Beasts.” Filmes from my childhood.

Now available with both Swedish and English subtitles.

Never Before Seen Footage

I’ve now finally moved in to my new appartment. So I discovered some new drawings that i’ve forgotten to show you. Here they are.

I’m Moving

On the first of october this year, I will move to an apartment in Hässleholm. The contract is already signed and soon it’s time to move in. I love it. But it will be emotional in the same time, off course. I’ve not been working very much on either my books or my paintings, but I hope that soon I will be uploading something interesting to the blog for all of you to enjoy. Keep it up, everyone! 🙂

(Sven Nordqvist) The World Of Pettson And Findus

One of my favorite illustrators and authors from my childhood is Sven Nordqvist, mostly known for his richly illustrated books about the peculiar old man Pettson and his egocentric and playful talking cat Findus. I was fascinated about the detailed illustrations and the feelgood story of the books.

Pettson and Findus live in a red house on the countryside, together with ten hens. It seems like only Pettson could speak with Findus, while his neighbours cannot hear the cat. Pettson always uses a strange hat and Findus has his own hat together with some striped pants. Every Pettson and Findus book is about the old man and the little cat and their adventures in different activities. The closest you can come to some antagonist in the book, is Pettsons bitter neighbour Gustavsson. He seems bitter and jealous of Pettson and Findus having such a great time and himself having a such boring life, but I don’t really know.

Even if Gustavsson is a bitter man, he is actually a good man in his heart. In the movie One Year With Pettson And Findus, a monstrous snowstorm breaks out and Pettson and Findus take protection in an iglo. When Gustavsson finds them, they are both unconscious and Gustavsson takes them out of the Iglo and saves them and calls for the doctor.

Pettson is an odd and quite monotonous man. He has a workshop where he invents different stuff – all from Santa machines, to automatic wood throwers. If Pettson has forgotten where he had put some things, Findus is always there to remind him where it is.

Pettson and Findus world is full of small creatures called muckles – mucklor in Swedish. They are different races of mouselike colorful small creatures that appears somewhere on almost every one of Sven Nordqvists illustrations. Findus can see and communicate with them, but however, Pettson can’t.

Don’t forget all the games. In the 90’s and 2000’th, PC games for kids were released. Almost all these games included mini games, different stories and off course collection of different awards. In the first game – Pettson and Findus in the Workshop, you get a golden feather when you have accomplished some of the different game. There are the mechanical inventions, where you have to use your brain and place the different parts of the invention on the right places, to solve a problem. That could be a problem like, helping the little man to reach his coffee. The little man stood on the floor, but couldn’t reach the cup of coffee on the very high table. Your mission is to place a little muckle on a spinning mill, leading a gear against a spine, with a supporting bow under the chair the old man stands on. After putting all the gears and wheels on the right place, you will have to activate the mechanism. A certain falls and shows a cat, frightening the little muckle. The muckle runs in panic on the spinning mill, which makes the gears and wheels run up the chair with the little man, so he finally can reach his coffee.

In the next game, Pettson And Findus in the Garden, you can control Findus walking and make him walk and discover the different places. The mission in the game – to find the mysterious gardener and make him take care of the plants. After playing all the games, you will gain access to a labyrinth of underground caves, full of things to discover. On every level, there is a problem to solve, with inventions by putting different gears and wheels on the right places. Will Findus find the gardener to help Pettson with his plant farm?

The third game – Pettson And Findus and the World of Muckles, is my favourite. There you will play other types of games and after completing them all, you will gain access to three different muckle world underneath Pettsons house.

Things Go By

Tomorrow I will get to view an apartment reserved for me in Hässleholm! That means, that if I am saying yes, I will get the apartment. And I will get access to it between the first of october and my birthday the 1st of december. That means that it’s up to me to accept the offer, so the apartment is already to consider as mine, I think. This makes me a grown man, who finally have gotten a job and moved to his own home. I am so satisfied with this! <3

Me And My Father In Varberg

Last friday, I was celebrating my father’s 60 year birthday. We ate at a restaurant and bar in Malmö. Some days later, we were lucky to get a hostel room in my fathers childhood town – Varberg. We were bathing in the sea of Kattegatt and we saw the beautiful Stronghold of Varberg. We also went on the streets, at the market and took some pictures. It was really fun indeed!

A Dream Coming True

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