Salman Rushdie

Well, Salman Rushdie has been knighted by the Queen! And should we be surprised that this has been met by condemnations from Iran and Pakistan and other Muslims around the world?

May I point out some quotes that show the acute victimhood that (I propose) Muslims are addicted to today?

Effigies of Rushdie and the Queen were burnt in Pakistan, where presidential elections at the end of the year have destablised an already volatile political climate. Hundreds of protesters in Multan, Karachi and Lahore set fire to British flags and chanted “Death to Britain, death to Rushdie” and Islamist leaders called for nationwide protests after Friday prayers.

Ijaz-ul-Haq, the Religious Affairs Minister, told the assembly in Islamabad that the award of the knighthood excused suicide bombing. “If somebody has to attack by strapping bombs to his body to protect the honour of the Prophet then it is justified,” he said.

He later retracted his statement, explaining that he had intended to say that knighting Rushdie will foster extremism. “If someone blows himself up, he will consider himself justified. How can we fight terrorism when those who commit blasphemy are rewarded by the West? We demand an apology by the British government. Their action has hurt the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims."

Pakistan’s national assembly earlier unanimously passed a resolution condemning Rushdie’s knighthood, which it said would encourage “contempt” for the Prophet Muhammad.

From Here

So the fault belongs to the UK (and others) for all the nasty terrorism that is going on? Notice that there is a refusal to take responsibility among the Muslim community here. I mean, the violence and willingness to plan suicide attacks is not actually rooted in Islam or the life of Muhammad, but in provocative acts by foreign governments. This is akin to the idea that a man is not guilty of a crime if he sees a woman who is not covered correctly. He cannot help himself, it is that simple. He is not guilty.

Salman Rushdie wrote a book called the Satanic Verses years ago. I have posted some material on the Satanic Verses, which refer to an instance from Muhammad's life where he received verses from God, that later turned out to be (by his own admission) from Satan.

Check it all out Here


SocietyVs said…
Irony - I got the idea for the name SocietyVs from Rushdie's book - when I first heard all the murmur back in the late 80's (I was in my teens). I loved the fact this man stood up for his right to speak...he made me proud somehow?

Muslims getting mad about Rushdie getting knighted is sad...and weak. How can a whole faith let itself be destroyed by such a small thing? This religion has set itself up for a huge loss - they get mad at small things that hurt no one (Rushdie knighted) yet all the while cannot outright condemn 'murder' (terrorism)? Have they ever looked in the mirror and considered these obvious problems?

I like Rushdie and he is not from my faith background - but he stands up for what he believes in (without fear of force and retribution). I can admire that vs. someone who burns a pic of him and a flag for the sake of 'looking the part' (religious).
Abu Daoud said…
I like Rushdie too, though I have not read The Satanic Verses. I am interested to know if any of the blog's readers have and what you thought.

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