In the mind of a Muslim, a writer who publishes a second-rate book that mocks Mohammed is the same as someone who blows up two skyscrapers and kills three thousand innocent people.
At least that’s what one particular Muslim thinks. From today’s Daily Telegraph:
Muslim peer likens Rushdie to 9/11 hijackers
A Muslim peer compared Salman Rushdie to the September 11 hijackers yesterday as protests over the author’s knighthood escalated.
At Regents Park Mosque in London, demonstrators held up placards saying “May God curse the Queen” and one speaker said that should Tony Blair become an envoy in the Middle East he should be sent back “in a bag”.
The Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, who was interviewed in Le Figaro newspaper in France, added fuel to the row.
“This honour is given in recognition of services rendered to Great Britain,” he said. “Salman Rushdie lives in New York. He is a controversial man who has insulted Muslim people, Christians and the British. He does not deserve the honour.
“Two weeks ago Tony Blair spoke about constructing bridges with Muslims. What hypocrisy. What would one say if the Saudi or Afghan governments honoured the martyrs of the September 11 attacks on the United States?“ [emphasis added]
I’d like to say that such an attitude is rare among Muslims, but, sadly, I don’t think it is. One often reads of Muslims who disapprove of extremist Islamic violence, but…
Somehow, they can understand how righteous religious anger can force people to commit such acts.
And here’s something that’s not surprising:
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The protest at Regents Park was organised by Anjem Choudary, who also organised the protests against the publication in Denmark of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
If The Satanic Verses can induce all this apoplexy, what will be the effect of the burning of Mohammed’s effigy tonight in Denmark? I hope the Danish embassies in Damascus and Tehran are beefing up their security right now.
As thousands of worshippers at Teheran University chanted “Death to the English,” Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, told them: “They have awarded him only because he insulted the prophet.
“In such a situation, awarding him means confronting 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. Britons should know that they are the losers in this matter.”
Do you hear that, Tony Blair, you lap poodle of Bush? What were you thinking of? Who wants to face the wrath of 1.5 billion Muslims?
In Pakistan, the national assembly unanimously passed a second resolution calling on Britain to revoke the knighthood and “apologise to the Islamic world” and the prime minister criticised Britain.
Shaukat Aziz said the knighthood had “hurt the feelings of Muslims”.
Consider the lengths our governments go to in order not to “hurt the feelings of Muslims”. Why bother? Why don’t we just surrender and start paying the jizyah right now? Such deeply-felt anguish will be assuaged by nothing less.
Alas, I don’t think this little set-piece is over just yet. Expect the British government to cave shortly and apologize to all of the 1.5 quadrillion offended Muslims in the known universe.
And will the knighthood be withdrawn? What do our British readers think?