Dutch Firebrand Vows to Show Muhammad Cartoons on TV

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch television. This decision follows Parliament refusing to display the cartoons. Wilders said he would show the cartoons during television airtime reserved for political parties. The move is likely to offend Muslims since Islamic tradition holds that any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is blasphemous. Political parties in the Netherlands get a small amount of airtime each year and broadcasting authorities have no say in what the parties broadcast. The announcement came a month after Wilders gave a speech at a contest in Garland, Texas, for cartoon depictions of Muhammad.