Danish 'Muhammad' cartoonist Westergaard to retire
The man who drew what many Muslims called the most offensive of the 2005 Danish depictions of Muhammad has decided to retire.
Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard said he's calling it quits because he is getting old, according to the Associated Press. "One has to stop at some point," says the Danish artist, who turns 75 next month.
His retirement, he hopes. also might "lower the terror threat" against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper he's worked at for nearly three decades, he told the AP. The last five years have been especially emotional for both him and the newspaper," says Joern Mikkelsen, the paper's chief editor.
Westergaard has been under police protection for more than two years, after a murder plot was revealed. Terrorism charges were filed last year against two American men accused of plotting to kill the cartoonist. In January, a Somali man broke into Westergaard's home; the man has been charged with attempted murder and terrorism.
Westergaard's depiction of a bomb-turbanned Muhammad, which he has said he drew in about 45 minutes, was one of a dozen published by Jyllands-Posten in 2005. Some Muslims consider any depiction of Muhammad to be blasphemous.
| June 7, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories: The Political Cartoon | Tags: Kurt Westergaard, Muhammad cartoons
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