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  • Why Muslims Are Necessarily Fundamentalists

    08/19/2013 6:00:38 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 12 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 August 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    There is an incompatibility between Islam and the ideas which are fundamental to Western civilization. There are logical contradictions between the principles at the basis of Islam and the West. One cannot resolve logical contradictions, they cannot be solved in the way that problems can. You simply cannot square a circle. It’s got nothing to do with terrorists, or fundamentalists, fanatics, or Islamic radicals of various sorts. I’m here talking about mainstream Islam and the fact that it is in serious, direct and open contradiction with principles which are at the core of Western civilization and form the very...
  • Iran: 15 Khordad Foundation boosts bounty for Salman Rushdie in wake of prophet Mohammed “insults”

    09/17/2012 7:56:16 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 17 Sept 12 | Unattributed
    A regime-affiliated religious foundation in Iran has boosted by $500,000 the bounty it had offered for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3 million from $2.8 million, after protests around the world over alleged insults to the prophet Muhammad, who is considered holy in the Islamic world. The 15 Khordad Foundation reportedly will pay the higher bounty to whoever acts on a 1989 fatwa issued by Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which called for the death of Rushdie, the author of “The Satanic Verses,” because the novel was considered blasphemous to Muslims. Rushdie is also an apostate...
  • Rushdie vs. Nakoula

    09/16/2012 9:02:13 AM PDT · by cornelis · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | septemer 16, 2012 | mark steyn
    Jim Bennett compares Mrs Thatcher’s response to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Rushdie fatwa with Obama’s to the Muslim Brotherhood’s demands. Salman Rushdie had been a vicious critic of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister – he called her “Mrs Torture” – but Her Majesty’s Government has provided him with safe houses and Special Branch protection for almost a quarter-century. By contrast, within 72 hours of Morsi’s demands, Mr Nakoula is in a jail cell – “rounded up at midnight by brownshirted men for making a movie that embarrasses El Presidente“. The vacuum of American global influence is now swallowing the...
  • Salman Rushdie Sparks Furor With Colorado Shooting Tweets

    07/20/2012 7:17:41 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 65 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 20, 2012 | Alexandra Cheney
    In the wake of last night’s shooting rampage in Colorado at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” SNIP Salman Rushdie tweeted this morning, “The ‘right to bear arms’ is the real Bane of America.” SNIP “After Columbine I was on Bill Maher’s old show arguing vs NRA’s Ted Nugent about gun control. Lots of Nugents on my timeline today.” and replying and retweeting roughly a dozen of his 340,302 followers comments. SNIP “Individual right to bear arms survived by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court (DC v Heller, 2008), powerful dissents. This argument isn’t over.”
  • Jon Stewart tells Salman Rushdie he’s fine with showcasing Muslim singer who supported calls

    11/02/2010 2:12:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Examinier ^ | 11/2/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Jon Stewart raised a lot of eyebrows over the weekend when the “Rally to Restore Sanity” showcased Yusef Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens. Islam has over the years said a lot of radical things including a number of comments where he essentially endorsed the infamous fatwa against Booker-Prize-Winning novelist Salman Rushdie. Islam has since tried to backpedal, but it’s hard to disguise his radicalism. (Snip) I spoke to Jon Stewart about Yusuf Islam’s appearance. He said he was sorry it upset me, but really, it was plain that he was fine with it. Depressing.
  • My Own Personal Jihads

    02/27/2010 10:35:56 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 176+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 27, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    There's an old entertainment term for when a television show has officially passed the point of significance: it has 'jumped the shark'. This latest rally cry indicates that announcing Jihads has reached that mark. The saying is now: Jihads are like ideas and a**holes: everybody has one.
  • Rushdie attacks Amnesty (International)'s “moral bankruptcy”

    02/21/2010 4:26:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 348+ views
    The Hindu ^ | February 22, 2010 | Hasan Suroor
    Novelist Salman Rushdie on Sunday joined the growing chorus of criticism of Amnesty International for working with a suspected Islamist group, Cageprisoners, formed by a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg. He accused Amnesty of “moral bankruptcy'' saying it had done “incalculable damage'' to its reputation. His remarks follow the row over the suspension of Gita Sahgal, head of Amnesty's gender unit, for raising her concerns on the issue in public. Mr. Rushdie, who was strongly backed by Amnesty when he faced death threats following the Iranian fatwa over his controversial book The Satanic Verses, was reported by The Sunday...
  • Salman Rushdie finds a new girlfriend

    02/12/2009 3:46:12 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 22 replies · 5,088+ views
    OneIndia ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | OneIndia
    Internationally acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie seems to be getting better with age much like fine wine. The ladies seem to agree. His divorce from his fourth wife, the very sexy Padma Lakshmi got over not long ago. Then he was seen close to Scarlet Johansson as well as with B-Town's very own Riya Sen. The latest buzz is that he's in a relationship with the long-limbed strikingly beautiful Pia Glenn who's 29 years his junior. The 32-year-old, six-feet-tall beauty from Harlem plays Condoleezza Rice in Will Ferrell's Broadway show, 'You're Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush.' At...
  • Provoking people is in my DNA: Salman Rushdie

    12/30/2008 10:26:48 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 13 replies · 542+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 30 Dec., 2008 | The Times of India
    LONDON: Celebrated India-born writer Salman Rushdie may be growing older and wiser but suggests he cannot help provoking people as it seems to be in his DNA, which takes him to "those edges". Twenty years after Iran's former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini called for his execution, the 61-year-old novelist still seems to be provoking people. Asked why he provokes such dramatic reactions, Rushdie said he can't avoid it, as if it's somehow stamped on his DNA. "I can't avoid it," he told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. "Something in me takes me to those edges". "There's a quote by Robert Browning...
  • Famed author's New Love is 28 Years Younger (Salman Rushdie Dating Double Amputee Model Athlete)

    10/30/2008 9:36:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 10,286+ views
    Asia One ^ | Fri, Oct 31, 2008
    Famed author's new love is 28 years younger HE used to turn heads with sultry actress Padma Lakshmi on his arm. Now, author Sir Salman Rushdie is drawing stares again with his new lady, model Aimee Mullins. At 1.75m tall, the slender beauty is 28 years younger - and at least 5cm taller - than her portly 60-year-old beau. And they are the latest May-December pairing which has raised eyebrows. Rushdie and Mullins turned up at a Manhattan party earlier this month and guests were left in little doubt that, following the end of his fourth marriage to Lakshmi, 37,...
  • Salman Rushdie: What happens when worlds join

    07/24/2008 10:23:32 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies · 93+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/24/2008 | Todd Leopold
    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- In Salman Rushdie's new novel, "The Enchantress of Florence," the exasperated Mughal emperor Akbar the Great agrees to let a mysterious Florentine adventurer, Mogor dell'Amore, finish a tale. But as the troublesome Mogor prepares to continue, Akbar says with a touch of venom: "A curse on all storytellers. And a pox on your children, too." It wasn't so long ago that the Indian-born author was a hunted man, placed under guard in an undisclosed location, because of an Islamic edict, or fatwa, against his life issued by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. All for telling a story --...
  • The new enchantress in Rushdie’s life, Part V?

    04/14/2008 12:26:34 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 19 replies · 77+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | April 13, 2008 | HT
    Four failed marriages and a string of link-ups later, Salman Rushdie may have finally found his perfect match. The Booker-winning novelist is currently believed to be happy in the company of athlete-model Aimee Mullins, 28 years younger and at least two inches taller than him. The two were seen at a Manhattan party earlier this month, where guests said they looked more than just friends — as the two would have liked others to believe. “Aimee said, ‘We’re good friends, we are close friends’. They certainly looked like they were on a date. They arrived together, left together and were...
  • Divorce from Padma Lakshmi was painful: Salman Rushdie

    04/03/2008 12:12:59 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 44 replies · 3,300+ views
    PTI ^ | 2 Apr 2008 | PTI
    LONDON: Controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie has revealed that his wife Padma Lakshmi's decision to divorce him had a crippling effect on him. Speaking for the first time of his "emotionally violent" split last year from the Chennai-born model and actress who is 23 years his junior, 60-year-old Rushdie told Tatler magazine "it provoked a crippling bout of writer's block which threatened to end my literary career." The Booker prize winning author said "I got very worried that I'd lost it because the break-up of my marriage suddenly intervened in an extremely emotionally violent way and there were two months...
  • Testing religious freedom in the West

    03/24/2008 3:54:23 AM PDT · by Clive · 4 replies · 355+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-03-24 | Colby Cosh
    On Easter Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI baptized seven new adult converts into the Roman Catholic Church as part of the ceremony surrounding the annual papal Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. The eyes of Italy were concentrated particularly on the second of the seven, a dark intellectual-looking fellow in a gray suit whose journey into the faith had been shrouded in secrecy but speculated upon for years. Not until the beginning of the evening vigil had the chief press officer of the Holy See even dared to announce his name. Shortly after 11 p.m., he and his six fellows were asked...
  • Pope To Baptize Prominent Muslim

    03/22/2008 3:18:39 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 4 replies · 408+ views
    Artorius Castus Blog ^ | 22 Mar 08 | AP
    Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator is converting to Catholicism by being baptized by the pope at an Easter vigil, the Vatican announced Saturday. Magdi Allam is the deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper and writes often on Muslim and Arab affairs. Born in Egypt, he has described himself as a non-practicing Muslim. He has long spoken out against extremism and in favor of tolerance.
  • Godrej hosts Salman Rushdie, angers Muslims [INDIA]

    01/17/2008 4:41:40 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 172+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 17 Jan 2008, 1533 hrs IST | The Times of India / Reuers
    MUMBAI: An Islamic group in India is asking Muslims to boycott products of a top Indian business group if its owner does not apologise for hosting author Salman Rushdie on a brief holiday this week. Rushdie stayed at the bungalow of the Godrej family while visiting Mumbai, where he was born and spent many of his early years. The author is a personal friend of the Godrejs, who are one of the big business families in India. The fact that Rushdie was invited by the Godrejs has angered the All-India Ulema Council - a national grouping of Muslim organisations -...
  • Rushdie plans to visit Israel

    11/18/2007 11:16:16 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 8 replies · 56+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 18 Nov. 2007 | PTI
    JERUSALEM: Shirking off accusations in many Muslim countries that he is a 'Mossad agent', India-born controversial author Salman Rushdie has said that he plans to visit Israel in the coming year. "May be finally I will be able to collect the payments from Mossad for all my work," Rushdie jokingly told Israeli Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronoth in an interview. "David Grossman and Amos Oz (Israeli authors) are my friends and have always tried to convince me to visit Israel. My life is already a nightmare with schedules as I have to split my time with Mumbai, New York and London...
  • 'Mohammad cartoon' publisher appalled at reaction to Rushdie's knighting

    07/11/2007 9:55:57 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 8 replies · 502+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | July 9, 2007 | Chad Groening
    'Mohammad cartoon' publisher appalled at reaction to Rushdie's knighting Chad Groening July 9, 2007 The man responsible for publishing the controversial cartoons that angered the Islamic world almost two years ago says he's seeing similar reaction to the decision by Queen Elizabeth to knight author Salman Rushdie, who received death threats for writing The Satanic Verses. Hear this Report Flemming Rose is the cultural editor for Jyllands Posten, the Danish newspaper that published the "Mohammad cartoons" that sparked one of the most significant discussions of free speech of this generation. He sees similarities between Muslim reaction to that and...
  • 'Al-Qa'eda Will Punish UK For Rushdie Award'

    07/10/2007 3:01:41 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 861+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-10-2007 | Philip Johnston
    'Al-Qa'eda will punish UK for Rushdie award' By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor. Last Updated: 7:57pm BST 10/07/2007 Osama bin Laden’s second in command has issued a warning that Britain faces fresh terror attacks as a "punishment" for the knighthood bestowed on Salman Rushdie. Ayman al-Zawahiri helped mastermind the September 11 attacks in the US The threat - addressed directly to Gordon Brown - came in a 20-minute audio-tape posted on jihadi websites by Ayman al-Zawahiri. He threatened "a very precise response" in retaliation against Britain for having knighted the controversial novelist in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last month. Intelligence...
  • Al-Qaeda threatens 'response' to Rushdie knighthood

    07/10/2007 10:22:50 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    AFP ^ | July 10, 2007
    Al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri said on Tuesday the group is preparing a "precise response" to Britain's decision to bestow a knighthood on author Salman Rushdie. "I say to (Britain's Queen) Elizabeth and (former British Prime Minister Tony) Blair that your message has reached us and we are in the process of preparing for you a precise response," Zawahiri said in an audio recording posted on an Internet website often used by Islamic militants.
  • Death-for-Rushdie Advocate (Yusuf/Cat Stevens) Headlined Live Earth Concert

    07/08/2007 6:48:08 AM PDT · by Orwells Ghost · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2007 | Peter Barry Chowka
    Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, headlined Al Gore's Live Earth concert in Hamburg July 7. This is a man who advocated author Salman Rushdie's death. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the execution of Rushdie. Yusuf, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, was asked about the fatwa during a UK TV program on April 15, 1989. Geoffrey Robinson: “You don't think that this man deserves to die?” Yusuf: “Who, Salman Rushdie?... Yes, Yes.” After all of the denials and obfuscations by Yusuf, the smoking gun is now available on YouTube where Yusuf can be seen and...
  • ''Hopefully'' Rushdie will be executed one day - Iran cleric

    06/29/2007 3:27:36 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 334+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | June 30 2007 | Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran
    Addressing the Friday Prayers worshippers, Ayatollah Jannati, expressed hope that one day Salman Rushdie will be executed having expressed regret that he had not been executed yet. The Ayatollah did not directly exhort anyone to carry the late Ayatollah Khomeyni's fatwa, saying [091030]: "The knighthood [Of Rushdie] is one of the other actions that the anti-Islam elements conduct against it. It was a few years since this issue had been dead. And much was spent on it. At any rate, despite the fact that so long a time has elapsed and regrettably [the Fatwa] was not carried out and which...
  • Rediscovering our backbones as the fatwas fly

    06/27/2007 2:23:45 AM PDT · by Dundee · 7 replies · 822+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 27, 2007 | Janet Albrechtsen
    DON'T fall for the sweet old lady in hat and gloves number. The Queen has a crafty Machiavellian streak to her. Turning Salman Rushdie into a sir has been a handy health check on whether the West has learned the costs of appeasement. Her Majesty would have known that bestowing a knighthood on Rushdie would also elevate him to the world's biggest collector of Islamic death edicts. The question was whether this time the West would do a better job of defending itself. So far the signs are good. The predictable stuff came fast... Pakistan, our friendly ally in the...
  • UK will receive due response for honoring apostate Rushdie

    06/24/2007 3:14:14 PM PDT · by Baladas · 13 replies · 480+ views
    IRNA ^ | June 24, 2007
    The British government would receive a due response for awarding the apostate author Salman Rushdie, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Sunday. Addressing the assembly's formal session, he condemned London's June 16 move of placing the Indian-born author in the birthday honors list of the British Queen Elizabeth II. The act has damaged sentiments of over 1.5 billion of the world Muslims who have demonstrated their outrage since then by holding protest rallies in different countries. Rushdie has turned to one of the most disgusted persons worldwide after publishing his blasphemous novel 'The Satanic Verses' in 1988. The book was...
  • Rushdie honour breaks UN code, says Pakistan

    06/24/2007 5:57:18 AM PDT · by milestogo · 20 replies · 565+ views
    Pakistan has told Britain that Salman Rushdie's knighthood breaches a United Nations resolution aimed at calming tensions between different religions, The Observer has learnt. The highly unusual warning was made during a meeting with the British High Commissioner in Pakistan and reveals the extent to which senior Pakistani politicians fear the award will damage relations between the countries.Privately, Foreign Office officials describe the fallout from the Rushdie affair as 'regrettable'. Tensions were further inflamed after Pakistan's Minister for Religious Affairs, Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, was reported as saying of Rushdie that 'if someone exploded a bomb on his body he would...
  • Behead all those who insult Islam [da religion with no head...]

    06/24/2007 10:04:53 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 25 replies · 963+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 23 2007 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    Behead all those who insult Islam BY MICHELLE MALKIN June 23, 2007 Jihadi's Guide to Etiquette Rule 11: Never leave home without your matches, effigy-hanging sticks and death threat placards. You never know when they'll come in handy. In Pakistan, dutiful followers of the jihadi guide have found a new pretext this week for an anti-Western bonfire party: the knighting of author Salman Rushdie in Britain. Muslim groups are burning Queen Elizabeth and Rushdie in effigy. The Union Jack is in flames. The Religion of Perpetual Outrage strikes again. It's not just some obscure spokesman for a "tiny minority"...
  • We've Replaced Rushdie In Hiding (Mark Steyn On Western Dhimmitude Submission Alert)

    06/24/2007 4:40:16 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 34 replies · 1,852+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 06/24/2007 | Mark Steyn
    Khomeini figured: Why import the false ideologies of a failing civilization? Doesn't it make more sense to export Islamism to the dying West? And, for a guy dismissed by most of us as crazy, Khomeini made a lot of sense. The Rushdie fatwa established the ground rules: The side that means it gets away with it. Mobs marched through Britain calling for the murder of a British subject – and, as a matter of policy on the grounds of multicultural sensitivity, the British police shrugged and looked the other way. One reader in England recalled one demonstration at which he...
  • Knighthood for a Literary Lion

    06/22/2007 6:26:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 400+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2007 | Eugene Robinson
    Later in this column, I'm going to defend Britain's decision to award a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie, despite a sharp official complaint from the Pakistani government and bitter protests elsewhere in the Muslim world. But first, a story and some shameless name-dropping. One day in 1993, when I was The Post's bureau chief in London, I got a phone call from a journalism acquaintance I barely knew, inviting me and my wife to dinner. I accepted, then almost immediately started thinking of reasons to back out -- I had other things to do, I needed a break from socializing,...
  • Cleric says fatwa against Rushdie "still alive"

    06/22/2007 2:44:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 346+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | June 22 2007 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - A prominent Iranian cleric said on Friday the fatwa death warrant against author Salman Rushdie issued by the late Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 was "still alive" in the Islamic Republic. The comments by Ahmad Khatami at Friday prayers broadcast on state radio were the latest sign of the anger in Iran and elsewhere in the Muslim world sparked by Britain's decision to award a knighthood to Rushdie. Muslims say his novel "The Satanic Verses" blasphemed against the Prophet Mohammad and ridiculed the Koran. In 1998, Iran's government formally distanced itself from the death warrant, but...
  • Rushdie protest : Muslim UK Knighthood calling for withdrawal

    06/22/2007 6:08:59 AM PDT · by drzz · 21 replies · 724+ views
    Le Figaro (French) ^ | 06 22 2007 | drzz
    Interview of Nazir Ahmed in the French paper LE FIGARO. Ahmed is the first muslim of UK honored with knighthood in 1998. Ahmed is of course calling for the withdraw of the Rushdie's knighthood, adding : "The West should wonder if he can promote dialogue with muslims and in the same time promote the "Satanic verses" Translation : the West should wonder if he can accept islam AND democracy in the same time. According to Ahmed, the answer is no. Democracy should kneel.
  • Reward for killing(reward for beheading Sir Salman Rushdie)

    06/21/2007 6:00:35 PM PDT · by milestogo · 29 replies · 467+ views
    Reward for killing ISLAMABAD: Pakistani traders on Thursday announced a reward of Rs 10 million for anyone who beheads Salman Rushdie, following Britain’s decision to award the novelist a knighthood. The announcement came during a protest by 200 traders at Aabpara market, Islamabad, an AFP photographer said. “We will give Rs 10 million to anyone who beheads Rushdie,” the secretary general of the Islamabad traders association, Ajmal Baluch, told the cheering crowd. He also called on Islamic countries to boycott British products in protest at the honour to Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses. afp
  • 'Sir' title sought for bin Laden to avenge Rushdie knighthood

    06/20/2007 8:59:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies · 1,218+ views ^ | 2007-06-20 | DPA
    'Sir' title sought for bin Laden to avenge Rushdie knighthood Posted on : 2007-06-20 | Author : DPA News Category : Asia Islamabad - A hard-line Pakistani parliamentarian and head of a religious political party on Wednesday demanded a "sir" title for Osama bin Laden, the lead of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, in retaliation for Britain knighting author Salman Rushdie. "Muslims should confer the 'sir' title and all other awards on bin Laden and Mullah Omar in reply to Britain's shameful decision to knight Rushdie," Sami ul Haq, leader of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, said in a statement, referring also...
  • BBC: Why Salman Rushdie was knighted ( Opinion by Jenny Percival )

    06/20/2007 2:57:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies · 1,111+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK | Jenny Percival BBC News
    Salman Rushdie's knighthood has provoked protests around the Islamic world and a diplomatic row. So how was the decision made, and why did no-one appear to consider the consequences? "Ahmed Salman Rushdie - author, for services to literature" - this simple entry in the Queen's birthday honours follows several years of deliberations, form-filling, lobbying and secretive committee meetings. The lengthy process involved makes it all the more surprising to critics that little consideration was given to a likely backlash. Fresh demonstrations have broken out in Pakistan The Queen's birthday honours are aimed at rewarding individuals' personal bravery, achievement, or service...
  • Caption these muzzie scumbags demonstrating against Britain and Salman Rushdie

    06/20/2007 6:55:32 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 44 replies · 653+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 6/20/07 | staff
  • 'Deep Concern' Over Rushdie Terror Threat

    06/19/2007 7:40:15 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 621+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-20-2007 | Peter Foster - George Jones
    'Deep concern' over Rushdie terror threat By Peter Foster, South East Asia Correspondent, and George Jones Last Updated: 2:41am BST 20/06/2007 A diplomatic row over Salman Rushdie's knighthood erupted yesterday as Britain expressed "deep concern'' over claims by a Pakistani minister that the honour was an affront to Muslims that could justify suicide bombings. The UK's high commissioner, Robert Brinkley, conveyed the message after being summoned to meet Pakistan government representatives in Islamabad, according to a Foreign Office spokesman. Supporters of Pakistan's Religious Party hold a protest rally to condemn the British government and Salman Rushdie The Government is now...
  • Pakistan Minister Says Salman Rushdie's Knighthood Justifies Suicide Attacks

    06/18/2007 10:54:55 AM PDT · by stm · 42 replies · 875+ views
    Fox News ^ | 18 June 07 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran — Pakistan on Monday condemned Britain's award of a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie as an affront to Muslim sentiments, and a Cabinet minister said the honor provided a justification for suicide attacks. In the eastern city of Multan, hard-line Muslim students burned effigies of Queen Elizabeth II and Rushdie. About 100 students carrying banners condemning the author also chanted, "Kill him! Kill him!" On Saturday, Britain announced the knighthood for the author of "The Satanic Verses" in an honors list timed for the official celebration of the queen's 81st birthday. It has also drawn condemnation from Iran....
  • £80,000 reward to 'execute' Rushdie as knighthood row escalates

    06/19/2007 10:47:52 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 19 replies · 964+ views ^ | 6/19/07 |
    "The action by the British queen in knighting Salman Rushdie, the apostate, is an unwise one," he said, to loud cheers from MPs. "The British monarch lives under this illusion that Britain is still a 19th century superpower and that bestowing titles is something still deemed important." Hardline daily Jomhuri Eslami also launched a scathing attack on the queen, describing the monarch as an "old crone" whose action was a "grimace to the Islamic world". (SNIP)
  • Pakistan wants UK to withdraw knighthood to Rushdie, apologise

    06/18/2007 7:44:17 PM PDT · by milestogo · 13 replies · 521+ views
    Pak wants UK to withdraw knighthood to Rushdie, apologise K J M Varma in Islamabad | June 19, 2007 03:07 IST Lashing out at Britain for its 'insensitive' move to award knighthood to controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie, Pakistan has sought the scrapping of the decision and an apology from it. The government also asked Islamic countries to break diplomatic ties with Britain if it refuses to rescind its move to honour the controversial writer and apologise for it. "The Islamic countries should break diplomatic relations with Britain unless it apologises and withdraw the title," Pakistan's Religious Affairs Minister Ejaz-ul-Haq...
  • Pakistan parliament demands Britain withdraw Salman Rushdie's knighthood

    06/19/2007 2:59:59 AM PDT · by familyop · 6 replies · 456+ views
    AP by way of the Canadian Press ^ | 18JUN07 | Associated Press
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani lawmakers passed a government-backed resolution Monday demanding Britain withdraw the knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, condemning the honour as an insult to the religious sentiments of Muslims. In the eastern city of Multan, hard-line Muslim students burned effigies of Queen Elizabeth II and Rushdie. About 100 students carrying banners condemning the author also chanted, "Kill him! Kill him!" On Saturday, Britain announced the knighthood for the author of "The Satanic Verses" in an honours list timed for the official celebration of the queen's 81st birthday. The resolution in the lower house of parliament on...
  • Muslim world inflamed by Rushdie knighthood

    06/18/2007 11:47:11 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 54 replies · 1,108+ views
    Times UK ^ | June 19, 2007 | Ben Hoyle
    Sir Salman Rushdie celebrates his 60th birthday today in familiar circumstances: he is once again the subject of death threats across the Islamic world. Eighteen years after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill him, a government minister in Pakistan said yesterday that Rushdie’s recent knighthood justified suicide bombing. The question of blasphemy in The Satanic Verses, Rushdie’s 1988 tale of a prophet misled by the devil, remains a deeply sensitive issue in much of the Muslim world and the author’s inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last week has inflamed anti-British sentiment. Gerald Butt, editor...
  • Rushdie Suicide Attack Threat [students carrying banners and chanting "Kill Him! Kill Him!"...]

    06/18/2007 7:10:36 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 1,407+ views
    Rushdie Suicide Attack Threat Updated: 14:56, Monday June 18, 2007 A Pakistani minister says Muslims would be right to launch suicide attacks over the Queen's decision to award Salman Rushdie a knighthood. Religious Affairs Minister Mohammed Ijaz ul Haq told parliament: "This is an occasion for the (world's) 1.5 billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision. "The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. "If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the British government apologizes and withdraws the 'sir' title." The comments follow a demand from Pakistan...
  • From Iran: NGO to Award $150,000 to Executor of Salman Rushdie

    06/17/2007 8:44:19 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 19 replies · 1,318+ views
    Fars News Agency ^ | 2007-06-17
    TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- An Iranian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) announced that it would pay a $150,000 prize to anyone who could put into effect a death sentence decree issued by the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, against Salman Rushdie for blasphemy. Secretary General of the Headquarters for Honoring the Martyrs of Islam World Movement Forouz Raja'ee-Far told FNA here on Sunday that his headquarters had announced in 2004 that it would pay $100,000 to anyone who could put into effect Imam Khomeini's verdict and that after 3 years it has now raised the prize to $150,000. Indian-born...
  • Rushdie reveals Valentine's tradition: a fatwa reminder

    02/14/2007 1:20:45 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 525+ views
    Wednesday, Feb 14, 2007 (CBC) - Award-winning author and essayist Salman Rushdie got back into the classroom on Tuesday, teaching his first world literature class at Atlanta's Emory University. In addition to counting Rushdie as its writer-in-residence for the next five years, Emory is now also the holder of his literary archive, which includes journals, letters, e-mails, photos, unpublished works and manuscripts - including more than 1,000 typewritten pages from his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Asked why he chose to donate his archive to Emory, a school which he had only visited once before for during a 2004 lecture...
  • Taking The Fight To Islam (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2007 7:54:30 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 714+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-4-2007 | Andrew Anthony
    Taking the fight to Islam In 1989, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali Muslim, supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie. But on moving to Europe her views changed and she turned against Islam. Two years ago she fled Holland after the brutal murder of her artistic collaborator Theo van Gogh. Who is this fierce critic who lives under the constant threat of death? Andrew Anthony Sunday February 4, 2007 The Observer (UK) Ayaan Hirsi Ali is not the only critic of Islam who lives with round-the-clock protection. But surely none wears their endangered status with greater style. The Dutch Somali human-rights...
  • Mark Steyn: Dislocated Dining

    12/04/2003 2:10:31 PM PST · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 493+ views
    On the evening of September 11th, Rosemary Righter, the senior leader writer (“leader” is British for “editorial”) at The Times of London, was due at a dinner party. She arrived late, and found the tone, after a hard day at the office, oddly smug and triumphalist. Leaving early, she gave a lift to another guest. “Rosemary,” he said, “isn’t it marvelous to think that the arrogant bloody Americans have finally got it in the neck?” Involuntarily, she braked. Hard. Though not hard enough to precipitate him through the windshield, sadly. Miss Righter was one of the first to experience an admittedly...
  • A Fatwa on the Truth (Like saying that Muhammad was a mass murderer...)

    10/31/2006 7:02:40 AM PST · by Posting · 10 replies · 809+ views
    The Spectator ^ | Oct 12 2006 | Christopher Orlet
    A Fatwa on the Truth It is one of those uniquely modern Western paradoxes, to wit, that the most courageous Europeans are those forced into hiding. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Salman Rushdie, the Danish editorial cartoonists -- all are paying the price for freely expressing their opinions and beliefs -- or lack thereof. Add to that exalted list one Robert Redeker. M. Redeker, a high school philosophy professor in suburban Toulouse, is in the bouillabaisse for a commentary he wrote last month for Le Figaro in which he accused Islam of "exalting violence," and christened the Muslim prophet Muhammad a...
  • Rushdie declares 'veils suck'

    10/11/2006 12:00:38 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 838+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2006 | Staff
    The row over Muslim women's dress codes reignited today after author Salman Rushdie declared that "veils suck".Rushdie, whose book The Satanic Verses triggered death threats from Islamic clerics, gave his full backing to Leader of the Commons Jack Straw for raising the issue. Rushdie was forced into hiding for 10 years after Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini served a "fatwah" on him over his book’s alleged slight on the prophet Mohammed. He had round-the-clock police protection costing nearly £1 million a year, although that has been downgraded in recent years after Iran indicated the death sentence no longer applied. But Rushdie...
  • Salman Rushdie says Muslim veils 'suck'

    10/10/2006 7:32:51 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 14 replies · 1,083+ views ^ | 10/10/2006 | Staff
    The row over Muslim women's dress codes reignited today after author Salman Rushdie declared that "veils suck". Rushdie, whose book The Satanic Verses triggered death threats from Islamic clerics, gave his full backing to Leader of the Commons Jack Straw for raising the issue. Rushdie was forced into hiding for 10 years after Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini served a "fatwah" on him over his book's alleged slight on the prophet Mohammed. He had round-the-clock police protection costing nearly £1 million a year, although that has been downgraded in recent years after Iran indicated the death sentence no longer applied. But...
  • 'After the Rushdie affair, Islam in Britain became fused with an agenda of murder'

    In 1988, the novelist and British citizen Salman Rushdie published his novel, The Satanic Verses. A bitter satire on Islam which understandably gave serious offence, its publication provoked uproar in the Islamic world with protests in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, that led to the deaths of five Muslims. Shortly afterwards, in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, sentencing Rushdie to death for writing the book, along with 'all involved in its publication who were aware of its content'. As a result, Rushdie was forced to go into hiding for many years and to live the life of a highly guarded...
  • Cartoon war and unsolved murder

    03/01/2006 10:33:50 AM PST · by Shermy · 3 replies · 438+ views
    Jakarta Post ^ | March 2, 2006 | Hisane Masaki
    Though the violence continues to heat up over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, it is widely seen in Japan as just a fire on the other side of the river; but it has evoked some bitter memories about The Satanic Verses murder. Hitoshi Igarashi, Tsukuba University assistant professor of literature and translator of the novel by Salman Rushdie, was found murdered on the morning of July 12, 1991 near his office on the university campus in Ibaraki prefecture, 69 kilometers north of Tokyo. He was stabbed in the abdomen and his neck was slashed. Police found only footprints and stains of...