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Subject: A Royal PR blunder?? ur views, Salman Rushdie gets Knighted
Herc the Merc    6/19/2007 5:03:56 PM
UK's 'deep concern' over Rushdie Protests in the Pakistani city of Quetta against Rushdie's award Enlarge Image The UK's envoy to Pakistan has expressed "deep concern" over comments by a Pakistani minister about Sir Salman Rushdie's knighthood. Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz ul-Haq's comments were widely seen as justifying suicide attacks because Sir Salman had insulted Islam. But High Commissioner Robert Brinkley said it was untrue that the knighthood was intended to insult Islam. Sir Salman's book The Satanic Verses sparked worldwide protests in 1989. 'Blasphemous book' Mr Brinkley was summoned to the Pakistani foreign ministry in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon. A spokesman for Mr Brinkley said he "made clear the British government's deep concern at what the minister for religious affairs was reported to have said". I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and am very grateful that my work has been recognised in this way Sir Salman Rushdie Your reaction: emails from around the world "The British government is very clear that nothing can justify suicide bomb attacks," the spokesman added. Mr Brinkley was summoned so that Pakistan could protest against Britain's "utter lack of sensitivity" in knighting Sir Salman, the foreign ministry spokeswoman said. Mr Brinkley was told that the honour countered attempts by both countries to build mutual understanding. The BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says the diplomatic row is heated but that so far it has stayed mostly within official circles. Pakistan's national parliament passed a resolution on Monday condemning the award. The assembly of the North West Frontier Province passed a similar resolution on Tuesday. If someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the Prophet Mohammad, his act is justified Pakistan Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz ul-Haq There have been some street protests but only by small numbers of hard line Islamist activists. A fatwa against Sir Salman was issued in 1989 in Iran, calling for his execution. Iranian conservatives on Tuesday criticised Britain's Queen Elizabeth over the decision to confer the knighthood on Mr Rushdie. "Salman Rushdie has turned into a hated corpse which cannot be resurrected by any action," First Deputy Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar told Iran's parliament. "The action by the British Queen in knighting Salman Rushdie, the apostate, is an unwise one," he said to loud applause from MPs. "The British monarch lives under this illusion that Britain is still a 19th Century superpower and that bestowing titles is something still deemed important." Perceived blasphemy On Monday Religious Affairs Minister Eijaz ul-Haq caused uproar in Pakistan's parliament when he was accused of inciting violence during a debate of Sir Salman's knighthood. The knighthood has generated anger in Pakistan "If someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the Prophet Mohammad, his act is justified," he said, according to Reuters news agency.
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Council34c       6/20/2007 12:20:19 PM
Salman Rushdie is an author who wrote a book exercising his freedom of speach in Western countries, from the reaction in these muslim countries you would think that he had openly slandered isam in his book 'The Satanic Verses' and although there is a perhaps fairly clear anti-religious (although this is aimed squarly at Islam, perhaps as Rushdie knew most about the religion having been brought up as a muslim) undertone it is in my opinion fairly tame. I suspect that many of the angry muslims have not read the book and actually have very little idea of the contents. In any case they are insulting our freedom of speach and therefore I proclaim fatwa on these barbararians that they should be put to death for insulting our religion, one of freedom to say what we want, to whom we want and about what we want.
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Herc the Merc    I think a Fatwa is already passed   6/20/2007 12:22:50 PM
Read somewhere a Pak cleric passes 80,000 pound bounty on him---can anyone ever find these fatwa sickos??
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AdvanceAustralia    Congratulations, Sir Salman   6/20/2007 4:03:13 PM
"If someone commits suicide bombing to protect the honour of the Prophet Mohammad, his act is justified."

If Mohammad is a prophet of peace then murder does not honour him. It only insults him. Those @rseholes that con young men and women into killing themselves and others are nothing but cowards that use religion to manifest their various hatreds.

Sir Salman, for putting up with so much bullsh1t for so long from these evildoers, I salute you.

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Panther       6/21/2007 2:08:00 PM
Seem's too me that the Queen has much more guts then the combined number of British (or for that matter western) politicians. Hopefully she doesn't cave in to political correctness, like most of the rest of our weak-in-the-knee western politicans! At this moment, she has gained my highest admiration!
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Yimmy       6/21/2007 2:49:48 PM
The Queen doesn't decide who is knighted, she just okays the list.

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Panther       6/21/2007 3:08:26 PM

The Queen doesn't decide who is knighted, she just okays the list.

Whoops... seem's like i am either behind the times, or mislearned how the process works. Would you be so kind enough too explain to me how the process now currently works? Or..... If it put's you out, then i can perhaps google it later, that is... if i remember to!
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Yimmy       6/21/2007 3:45:48 PM
Erm.... I don't actually know how it works.

I just seem to recall the government making a list of who they believe should be knighted, then said list being handed to the Queen during the weekly PM's visit, the Queen checking there are no ginger people on it, and everyone having tea.

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