Swedish artist and art historian Lars Vilks is "an accidental activist." After creating a single drawing of Mohammed in 2007, threats from Muslim terrorists forced him to leave his home, and the government placed him under constant police protection.
We met in Malmo, Sweden in February 2016, and talked about many things: the mass influx of Muslim men into Europe; the arbitrary nature of Muslim threats and attacks against artists; the Swedish national character and his countrymen's response to his situation; the difference between his case and that of another Swedish artist, Dan Park -- and much more.
Vilks is remarkably serene and even upbeat considering his circumstances. After talking to him, though, I didn't share his optimism about the future.