The disgusting religious persecution of author Sir Salman Rushdie continues:
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.
Mehdi Kuchakzadeh, a Tehran MP, declared: “Rushdie died the moment the late Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini] issued the fatwa.”
Forouz Rajaefar, the Organisation to Commemorate Martyrs of the Muslim World's secretary general, said: “The British and the supporters of the anti-Islam Salman Rushdie could rest assured that the writer’s nightmare will not end until the moment of his death and we will bestow kisses on the hands of whomsoever is able to execute this apostate.”
Ijaz-ul-Haq, Pakistan's 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. "We demand an apology by the British government. Their action has hurt the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims."
Somebody get me a tissue. I am unaccountably broken up by the spectre of 1.5 billion Muslims with their g-strings in a Gordian over this.
Long live Western Civilization!