Iranian institute to set up intl. cartoon show against Quran burning

TEHRAN, Sept. 15 (MNA) -- Iran’s Cartoon House has called the world cartoonists to participate in an online exhibition, which aims to censure the desecration of the Quran in the U.S.

The exhibit will be held on the themes of “Devil against Holly Books”, “Devil against Human Nature” and “Terry Jones”.

Terry Jones, the pastor of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church, had intended to set fire to the Quran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States but cancelled his plan due to international pressure and criticism.

However, a copy of the Quran was burned by a U.S. citizen on Sunday.

“The exhibit was arranged to invite cartoonists from all over the world to give a firm response to their brazen repugnant act, Masud Shojaei Tabatabaii, director of Iran’s Cartoon House said in a press release on Wednesday.

“Irancartoon announced news of the exhibit on its website on September 13 and surprisingly, quickly received over 35 works from artists coming from Iran, Turkey, Brazil, Ukraine and several more countries within minutes,” he added.

No special prize is dedicated to the best artwork but all the participating works will be published in their entirety in a book, he said.

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