“If someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the prophet Muhammad, his act is justified.”

Yes, that’s right. Adherents to the so-called religion of Peace are at it again. The quote above was from the Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister, Mohammad Ejaz-ul-Haq in response to the Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for the author Salman Rushdie. Ejaz-ul-Haq also said, “The West always wonders about the root cause of terrorism. Such actions are the root cause of it.”

So, Knighting a writer for his outstanding contribution to world literature is justification for the murder of innocent civilians that had nothing to do with the book, the Knighthood, the religion that claims to be affronted or anything else remotely connected. Sounds like more barbarian chest beating to me from people desperate to justify their violence. Then again, what do you expect from a religion that has world domination as a central tenet?

The Pakistani parliament passed a unanimous resolution deploring Rushdie’s honour as an insult to the feelings of the world’s Muslims. Rushdie spent around a decade in hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini denounced his book The Satanic Verses as an insult to Islam and the prophet Muhammad and issued a fatwa calling for his murder. In 1998, when the Iranian government said that it would not support the outstanding fatwa, Rushdie emerged from hiding. Now there are fears for his safety all over again. Apparently Ejaz-ul-Haq was later forced to clarify his statement and claimed that he was speaking about the wider causes of terrorism and not of Sir Salman specifically. Yeah. Sure.

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie

According to the Sydney Morning Herald:

On Monday Pakistan’s religious parties ordered supporters onto the streets of two provincial cites. Effigies of the Queen and Sir Salman were burned while some protesters chanted “Kill him, kill him.”

Brainless idiots jump at the chance to burn another flag. (Pic from smh.com.au)

Pakistan’s lower house Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sher Afgan Khan Niazi, said, “This is a source of hurt for Muslims and will encourage people to commit blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammad.” It’s ironic that he doesn’t consider calling for the murder of someone for a book they wrote some kind of blashpemy against all humanity. After all, is it not written in the “holy koran” “when you kill one human, you kill all of humanity”? Of course, as usual, religious zealots are picking and choosing what suits their current agenda as they have little else to occupy their feeble minds. There are even those that consider non-Muslims to be less than human and apostates even worse.

The Iranian foreign ministry’s director for Europe, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said, “The British government’s insulting, suspicious and ill-considered act is an obvious sign of Islamophobia which has terribly hurt the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims.” What a load of bollocks. Has he asked all 1.5 billion Muslims? I’m sure the large majority of them consider statements like that far more damaging than anything Salman Rushdie has ever written.