Sir Salman Rushdie

by Ryan on June 18, 2007

in Europe,UK Politics,War on Terror

In another outburst of Muslim peacefulness and tolerance, effigies of the Queen and Salman Rushdie burned as the Pakistani parliament approved a measure today condemning the knighting of Salman Rushdie and calling for Britain to renounce the act and apologize.  Then, Pakistan’s “religious” affairs minister, Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, said:

“If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”

Yet, another tidbit from our allies in the War on Terror that make your spine tingle!  To our Western minds, well-versed in much pop-psychology, these kinds of reactions paint not a picture of piety and devotion, but of severe and dangerous insecurity and fear on behalf of the reactionaries.  People need to die if they don’t agree with your point of view.  It’s all very reminiscent of the totalitarians of the early and mid 20th Century.  Like Hitler and Tojo, conversion is not an option to these nuts.  Like Hitler and Tojo, we’re going to get real with them one day, especially if stories like this from ABC are true–dozens of suicide bombers are flocking here as we speak (probably right through our porous borders) and also to Canada, Britain and Germany. 

If you don’t recall, Rushdie drew anger from the Muslim world when his 1988 work, The Satanic Verses, was published.  Singapore and India banned the book.  In Pakistan, six people were killed and one hundred injured over protests involving the book.  Dozens of other countries banned it.  The Ayatollah even called for his immediate execution for the sake of Islam back in 1989.  That fatwa still stands, along with a roughly $160,000 bounty for his murder. 

All of which, by the way, for a work of fiction where, illustrated through dream sequences, Mohammed fictionally changes his mind about something relating to worshiping dieties.  This leads to a subsequent and subtle misinterpretation of the Qu’ran, which is something of an insecurity in the Muslim world since Mohammed never wrote anything down before his death.  Oh yeah, and he took a swipe at the Ayatollah.

Link via Drudge.  Pic from the UK Daily Mail link.

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Young Fogey June 18, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Whilst I have no particular interest in Sir Salman’s novels I am pleased to see him honoured as his knighthood demonstrates that whilst honouring our own we will not be intimidated or influenced by outside political pressures.

It is of course ludicrous to claim that this honour is “an obvious example of fighting against Islam by high-ranking British officials.” Were this true we would not have seen a 2005 knighthood bestowed by The Queen upon Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, described by The Guardian as the “Most Influential Muslim in the UK”.

Rather than criticise the British government, Iran should congratulate Britain for having recently raised a number of British Muslims to the highest ranks of British Society as members of the House of Lords. These include Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, the first Muslim peer; Lord Patel of Blackburn, leader of the British Hajj Delegation; Baroness Falkner of Margravine; and Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green. See my blog for more: http://www.bloggingyoungfogey.blogspot.com

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Ryan June 19, 2007 at 9:35 am

The problem with these Islamists is that they see Muslims getting along with the West are as bad as the Westerners themselves. If we raise them to a high office or prestige, that’s taken as an example of a Muslim “Uncle Tom” and weakness on the part of the West. It seems like you can’t win in the realm of ideas with these people!

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Hips June 24, 2007 at 5:49 am

Its time the world stopped pandering to the religion of Islam as if it was some sacred thing.

Get a bloody life and get over it, The Queen and HM Government is not going to withdraw the knighthood on Rushdie, just because you act like spoiled brats..

Brin

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