Well, the fall is both Republican and Islam Crazy Season. As if the riots and murders in the Middle East weren’t enough, now the lousy movie “Innocence of Muslims” has led to an increase in the bounty on Salman Rushdie’s head. According to The Independent, an Iranian religious foundation has upped the reward for his murder to a cool $ 3.3 million.
Sir Salman is in New York where he is promoting the publication of a memoir chronicling his time living under a fatwa imposed by the late Ayatollah Khomeini over his novel, The Satanic Verses. The tour has been overshadowed by a declaration from religious leader Hassan Sanei, head of the semi-official 15 Khordad Foundation, that he was adding another $500,000 to the hardline group’s existing reward of $2.8m for killing the novelist.
It raised the bounty in protest at the online film The Innocence of Muslims which has sparked violent outrage in parts of the Islamic world. “Surely if the sentence of the Imam [Khomeini] had been carried out, the later insults in the form of caricatures, articles and the making of movies would not have occurred,” Ayatollah Sanei said. The British Government called for urgent action against the foundation.
Yep, if they had succeeded in killing Rushdie, it would have silenced further critics, and that’s exactly what these thugs are about. Pity that dupes like R. Joseph Hoffmann fall for it. Rushdie doesn’t even like the damn movie, but he apparently doesn’t dislike it enough:
Sir Salman has already criticised the film describing it as “a piece of crap… very poorly done and malevolent”. But he added: “To react to it with this kind of violence is just ludicrously inappropriate. People are being attacked who had nothing to do with it and that is not right.”
This apparently isn’t part of the official fatwa against Rushdie issued in 1989 for his “insults” toward Mohamed in The Satanic Verses. That was revoked by Iran 9 years later, but the 15 Khordad Foundation still has the money on the table, ergo Rushdie must live in fear and seclusion.
At least the British government is taking the right stand, though it will have no effect:
The Foreign Office said: “We call on the government of Iran to take firm and urgent action on organisations in Iran that are encouraging or offering rewards for the murder of Mr Rushdie.”
Salman Rushdie was born into a Muslim family in India. There’s a bounty on him for having insulted Islam. To those of you who claim that the recent riots are motivated not by faith but by politics and American oppression, I ask this question: do you really think this renewed bounty has nothing to do with religion? If you do, then you’ve left rationality behind.