Salman Rushdie

Rushdie on Islam: ‘We have learned the wrong lessons’

Salman Rushdie, one of the first victims of Islamic attempts to destroy freedom of speech speaks about the wrong lessons we have learned in combating Islam.

Salman Rushdie believes that if The Satanic Verses had been published today, the members of the literary elite who rounded on Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the French satirical magazine winning a PEN prize for courage would not have defended him.

In an interview with the French magazine L’Express, the novelist said that “it seems we have learned the wrong lessons” from the experience of The Satanic Verses, which saw a fatwa issued against him by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989, sending him into hiding. “Instead of realising that we need to oppose these attacks on freedom of expression, we thought that we need to placate them with compromise and renunciation,” he said.

Speaking about the decision by PEN’s American branch to award Charlie Hebdo with a freedom of expression courage award in May, which led to more than 200 writers putting their names to a letter protesting the decision for valorising “material that intensifies the anti-Islamic, anti-Maghreb, anti-Arab sentiments already prevalent in the western world”, Rushdie said the conflict had left “deep divisions” in the literary world. He would never have imagined that writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Peter Carey and Junot Díaz “would have taken this attitude”, and he had written to one of the key dissenters, Teju Cole, about the situation, he revealed.    Read more »

Are we really all Charlie?

It’s a good questions and one Andrew Bolt asks, he surmises that sadly no, we aren’t all Charlie.

PROTESTERS around the West, horrified by the massacre in Paris, have held up pens and chanted “Je suis Charlie” — I am Charlie.

They lie. The Islamist terrorists are winning, and the coordinated attacks on the Charlie Hebdomagazine and kosher shop will be just one more success. One more step to our gutless surrender.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen didn’t attack Charlie Hebdo because we are all Charlie Hebdo.

The opposite. It sent in the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi because Charlie Hebdo was almost alone.

Unlike most politicians, journalists, lawyers and other members of our ruling classes, this fearless magazine dared to mock Islam in the way the Left routinely mocks Christianity. Unlike much of our ruling class, it refused to sell out our freedom to speak.

Its greatest sin — to the Islamists — was to republish the infamous cartoons of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten which mocked Mohammed, and then to publish even more of its own, including one showing the Muslim prophet naked.

Are we really all Charlie? No, no and shamefully no.

No Australian newspaper dared published those pictures, too, bar one which did so in error.

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Bill Maher: “…when there’s this many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard”

Bill Maher doesn’t hold back.This was his preamble:

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Rodney Hide on Sony and Hacking

Rodney Hide gives the NZ Herald editors a little lesson in freedom of speech.

But were they reading it?

George Clooney called it correctly: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.”

What’s next? The tyrant wanting to dictate news? The hackers’ success will only embolden them and others. What happens if news networks come under fire because of how they report news?

What is it about free speech that makes it so easy to toss away? We don’t give in when hostages are under threat. Why give in when they aren’t?

It’s not the first time. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 ordering Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.

Muslim fanatics in 2006 rioted and attacked diplomatic missions and killed dozens in the wake of a Danish newspaper publishing offensive cartoons.

There was a great hullabaloo in each case and each instance produced precisely the chilling effect that the oppressors desired.

Newspapers and publishers don’t need the grief. Authors don’t want to become targets. Our freedom to reason and debate is bit by bit eroded.   Read more »

Errrr…is that a PIG in the picture?

The NZ Herald has an article about a new muslim friendly shariah product from Kiwibank:

Is that a piggy bank in an article talking about shariah  banking products?

Is that a piggy bank in an article talking about shariah banking products?

Oh dear, I wonder how long it will be before some outraged Muslim heads down to bank offering this product to chuck a brick through the window for their insult.

Has Shayne Currie got a bodyguard…he may soon be flatting with Salman Rushdie.

They’ve rioted in the streets of London for much less.  Read more »

Colin Craig – Bat Sh*t Crazy

Not only does he harbour doubts over 9/11, believe homosexuals choose to be gay, thinks ‘chemtrails’ are real he also isn’t sure whether or not man has landed on the moon.

He obviously hasn’t watched the Mythbusters episode where they bust all the so called conspiracies over the moon landings.  Read more »

The Best Allahu Snackbar EVER!

I’m expecting Banksy to now be subject to a fatwa, he will be flatting with Salman Rushdie and Elvis by the end of the weekend.

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Face of the Day

Salman Rushdie has had his fatwa renewed:

Iran has seized on widespread Muslim outrage over a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad to revive the death threat against Salman Rushdie, raising the reward for killing him by US$500,000 (£320,000).

The difference between Jews and Muslims

Check out this quote:

Wellington Council of Christians and Jews secretary Dave Moskovitz said he hoped to speak to Kan about the offensive joke.

“When a third of your people were wiped out in one go it’s hard to find anything about the Holocaust funny.”

“I lost family in the holocaust and there’s still people around who were in those camps, and some of those people live in New Zealand.”

Joking about the holocaust was never appropriate, much like a joke about rape would be considered bad-taste, he said.

Although offended by the remark, Moskovitz did not think the tweet should be deleted.

“While Raybon’s comedy is inappropriate and insulting, I think we should go around respecting people’s freedom of speech.”

This is a stark reminder of the difference between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Somebody tells an offensive joke and they say, leave it up, respect people freedom of speech.

But in contrast if someone writes a book (Salman Rushdie) deemed offensive then a fatwa for his death is issued, if some people draw pictures (Danish Cartoons) that are deemed to be offensive then more fatwa are issued for their death and protests break out world wide leading to riots, violence resulting in a total of more than 100 reported deaths, and if someone makes a film (Fitna) that is offensive then a fatwa is issued on the producer and if a film rally upsets someone then the producer is threatened (Theo van Gogh) and then killed leading the co-producer to go into permanent hiding.

Look at the different responses and I dare you to tell me that Islam is just the same as Christianity and Judaism when confronting challenges.