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Muslims "Kill Rushdie!" chant is the crux of the problem!
By Mark Neckameyer



June 21, 2007

Orthodox Muslims don't like Sir Salman Rushdie, the award winning British/Indian author, novelist and essayist who first achieved fame with his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), which won the Booker Prize so they want to kill him. They propose sending suicide bombers who would kill themselves and probably some innocents too to get Rushdie Much of Rushdie's fiction is set on the subcontinent of India . However, the dominant theme of his work lately has become the long, rich and often fraught story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the East and the West. Sir Salman's fourth novel , The Satanic Verses (1988), provoked violent reactions from Muslims all over the world. After death threats and a fatwa <> (religious edict) issued by Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini calling for his assassination, he spent years underground, appearing in public only sporadically.

Even the first and so far only Muslim member of The British House of Lords has proposed eliminating Salman Rushdie. Our Ally in the "War on terror", Pakistan wants to get him also. This points out the great chasm which exists between ourselves and the Muslim world. The best and brightest of them propose killing innocents as ordered by religious zealots ... No trial, no laws just kill men, women and children and be admitted to Paradise to experience all those virgins if you kill for spiritual reasons. Unfortunately different sects have different spiritual versions of "truth" which gives us the mutual murder and mosque bombing the Sunnis and Shiites of Iraq are presently inflicting on each other.

Why can't Muslims escape the thirteenth century and grant freedom or expression and religion and then go to work on improving standards of living in the areas they dominate? Until they do, people, Muslim and non-Muslims will suffer and die and the Muslim world will continue to be poor and primitive and violent.

Mark Neckameyer
Irvine, CA

Received June 19, 2007 - Published June 21, 2007

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