Moderate Dutch Muslims on Thursday called anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders's plan to broadcast cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on national television a provocation.
There were no signs of outrage or unrest, the day after Wilders announced his plan to use airtime granted to political parties to show cartoons from a contest in Texas last month that was targeted by two armed attackers. Wilders spoke at the contest in Garland, but left before the foiled attack in which both gunmen were shot dead.
Islamic tradition holds that any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is blasphemous. It appears, however, that Muslims in the Netherlands may be growing accustomed to Wilders' fierce criticism of their faith.