Friday, 21 September 2012

British author Salman Rushdie, who lived in hiding for nine years under a death sentence from Iran's supreme leader, said in an interview published on Thursday that something had gone wrong at the heart of Islam.

Rushdie told Le Monde newspaper that his years fleeing the 1989 fatwa from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had forced him to pay close attention to a radicalization of the Muslim world.

"Something has gone wrong at the heart of Islam. It is quite recent. I remember when I was young, many cities in the Muslim world were cosmopolitan cities with a lot of culture," he said in an interview published in French.

"For me, it is a tragedy that this culture has regressed to this point, like a self-inflicted wound. The Islam in which I grew up was open, influenced by Sufism and Hinduism, and not like the one which is spreading rapidly at the moment."

The fatwa, in response to his 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses", made Rushdie synonymous with the tussle between freedom of expression and the need to respect religious sensitivities. A memoir of his nine years in hiding following the fatwa was published this week.

The interview was conducted on September 12, just as a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad sparked violent protests across the Islamic world. These included a deadly attack in Libya which killed the U.S. ambassador and three embassy staff.

The California-made film, and a series of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by a French satirical weekly on Wednesday, have revived international debate over free speech, religion and the right to offend. Many Muslims consider any representation of Allah or the Prophet Mohammad blasphemous.

"There is a limit beyond which you cannot blame the West any more," Rushdie told Le Monde. "Having said that, if there was the slightest sign that Muslim society was able to create an open democracy, I would change my opinion."

This week an Iranian religious foundation increased its reward for the killing of Rushdie, in response to the film mocking Mohammad.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Netherlands: Unemployment among non-Western immigrant youth 29%, compared to 9% among native groups. Unemployment particularly high among Moroccans and Turks...

http://www.powned.tv/nieuws/tech/2012/09/allochtonen_veel_vaker_werkloo.html

Anonymous said...

DP111 wrote..

British author Salman Rushdie, who lived in hiding for nine years under a death sentence from Iran's supreme leader, said in an interview published on Thursday that something had gone wrong at the heart of Islam.

There was never any "heart" in Islam. It was always the law, and its interpretation. That is why they are killing each other and others.

Christianity OTH, brought compassion and humanity (humanism) to Greco-Roman jurisprudence.

Salman Rushdie, like many other Muslims such as Hirsi Ali, like to pretend that the current Islamic Jihad is something unusual, while the real Islam is civilised and tolerant.

The net effect of such propagandisers is that we continue to think that the heart of Islam is good, when in fact it is evil. The practical effect is that we continue to allow Muslims into the West, instead of the commonsense policy of removing them.

Therefore I would argue, that people such as Salman Rushdie, Irshad Manji, and Hirsi Ali, are far greater threats to our survival then the Jihadis.

Anonymous said...

A great video from Pat.

http://uppompeii1.uppompeii.com/2012/09/20/pat-condell---rioting-muslims.aspx

DP111

Anonymous said...

Sooner of later, Pat Condell has to acknowledge the irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West. And that means stopping all Islamic immigration, and the removal of the ones over here.

DP111

Anonymous said...

Funny how Rushdie's perception of the cosmopolitanism of Islam changed at about the same time he published a book critical of it and started getting death threats.

Anonymous said...

this idiot rushdie apologised for offending the muslims - they said thanks for the apology but the fatwa remains in place. Obviously he's clueless.

Anonymous said...

Rushdie isn't British.
Paris Claims

Anonymous said...

Shocking Figures Reveal 105,000 Christians Martyred Each Year

http://www.christianpost.com/news/shocking-figures-reveal-105000-christians-martyred-each-year-50976/

DP111

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