June 18, 2007

Rushdie knighthood 'justifies suicide attacks'...?


Earlier today Pakistani MPs demanded Britain
withdraw Rushdie's knighthood.

A government-backed resolution condemning
the author's knighthood was passed unanimously
by the lower house of the Pakistani parliament
amid angry protests across the country.

MPs said the honour was an insult to the religious
sentiments of Muslims. In the eastern city of
Multan, hardline Muslim students burned effigies
of the Queen and Rushdie, chanting "Kill him! Kill him!"

The above is excerpted from the UK Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,,2105748,00.html

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Here's a link to Marc Steyn's article about Rushdie and the Fatwa.


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Here's my frustration with the situation...

These Pakis wouldn't know religion if it sneaked up and
bit 'em on the caboodle. Being insulted, which ultimately
is a product of fear, is not religious activity. Fear, pride,
and hatred, not to mention murder, are what religion is
to teach against, not encourage.

And certainly this Fatwa business is misguided. How
much of the Islamic world is influenced by profoundly
uninspired leaders & institutions? I don't know, but
it has everything to do with why there is blood running
in the streets in the Middle East and around the world.
These Pakistanis, who combine religion & politics, are
armed with nuclear weapons. Paki politicians might be
posturing for their constituents, but over in Iran,
the Ayatollah is not posturing.

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