Salman Rushdie has been awarded a knighthood—it’s well deserved, I say, as he is an excellent writer—but some people have reacted insanely. (Warning: Irony rich environment ahead.)
The award of a knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie justifies suicide attacks, a Pakistani government minister said today.
“This is an occasion for the 1.5 billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision,” Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, religious affairs minister, told the Pakistani parliament in Islamabad. “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 apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”
Wait … so if you are accused of extremism and terrorism, the appropriate response to demonstrate the falsehood of the claim is to blow up an author? I don’t need to be an apostate and an atheist to recognize that as a confirmation that they are extremists and terrorists.
Pakistan’s minister for parliamentary affairs, Sher Afgan Khan Niazi, who proposed the resolution condemning the honour, branded Rushdie a “blasphemer”.
She told MPs: “The ‘sir’ title from Britain for blasphemer Salman Rushdie has hurt the sentiments of the Muslims across the world. Every religion should be respected. I demand the British government immediately withdraw the title as it is creating religious hatred.”
Awww, their feelings are hurt. Surely that’s a good excuse, then, for them to run out and kill some people? Violently? With bombs? It’s not as if the families of their victims might have their feelings hurt; the victim himself might feel a brief pang as he’s turn apart, but that will pass.
No religion should be respected. Some don’t even deserve to be tolerated.
The award of the title is not creating religious hatred. The religious themselves are fomenting hatred.
I think I’ve found a country where religious kooks who run it are crazier and dumber than our American leaders. In some ways, it’s a little reassuring. In others … it’s obvious that America is heading down the same road Pakistan is on. I do not want my grandchildren to grow up in that kind of religious world.