Monday, June 18, 2007

Rushdie still ticking off weirdbeards

Headline: "Pakistan says Rushdie knighthood may spark terrorism". From Breitbart/AFP:
Pakistan demanded on Monday that Britain withdraw a knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, as a government minister said the honour gave a justification for suicide attacks by Muslims.

Angry protesters in several cities torched British flags and beat them with their shoes in protest at the accolade for the Indian-born writer of "The Satanic Verses" and chanted "Death to Britain, death to Rushdie."

Rushdie, 59, was forced to go into hiding for a decade after Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 issued a death sentence over his book "The Satanic Verses," claiming it insulted Islam.

Iran has already accused British leaders of "Islamophobia" after Rushdie -- now Sir Salman -- was awarded the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday to mark her 81st birthday.

"If somebody has to attack by strapping bombs to his body to protect the honour of the Prophet, then it is justified," Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Ijaz-ul-Haq told the national assembly.

Other events that would likely spark terrorism from the "religion of peace" include the following:
  • The changing of seasons;
  • The shifting of the wind's direction (also known as Hillary's position on Iraq);
  • The setting AND rising of the sun;
  • Sleeping AND waking up;
  • Walking;
  • Breathing.
    Many more exist, but I'm sure you get my drift.