Salman Rushdie: Actually, no, I don’t sympathize with the Mohammed filmmaker who’s now being threatened

posted at 6:41 pm on September 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

The key bit comes at the end. As you watch, bear in mind that Rushdie’s old tormentors in Iran announced just today that they’ll “search for, track, and pursue” the filmmaker. The only consolation here is my hunch that his old friend Hitchens would have recoiled at this sentiment, that a provocateur being hunted like a rat by the mob for his speech is somehow less objectionable than a capital-A Artist being hunted for his. But I don’t know anymore. Would Hitch have recoiled? This seemingly straightforward case of a man being placed in fear for his life for something he said seems to be a lot more nuanced for self-styled champions of free speech than I would have thought.

Rushdie also naturally mentions how awful the movie is, which is par for the course in any “thoughtful” public comment on it. Says Nick Gillespie:

Rushdie has said “The Innocence of Muslims” is an “idiotic…piece of garbage” but called the protests against it “an ugly reaction that needs to be named as such.”

I do not quite understand the need to pass aesthetic judgment on a work before making a free speech argument, but that seems to be a minority opinion. Does anyone else find it puzzling, though? It’s almost as if Theo van Gogh, murdered by an Islamist nut job in the streets of Amsterdam in 2004, would have deserved his stabbing death if the production values of “Submission” had been a bit lower.

Yeah, I don’t understand that either, but it makes perfect sense if you follow Rushdie’s two-tiered approach to sympathy for mob persecution aimed at low art vs. High Art. The film is cheesy and provocative, but so what? How is that germane, unless you agree with the original Cairo embassy statement in rejecting “the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others”? If hurting the religious beliefs of others is an “abuse” of free speech then let’s go the rest of the way and criminalize blasphemy, just like our “moderate” friend, the Islamist prime minister of Turkey, is now suggesting that we do. If anything, you’d think that a serious threat of violence against a speaker would get people to lay off criticizing his work for awhile lest anything they say be taken as encouragement by the mob. Instead, people are falling all over themselves to denounce his movie as some sort of atrocity. Including a guy who knows what it’s like to be hunted like a rat by lunatics.

At least his point about Islamist leaders exploiting grievances like this for political gain is accurate. If you’re wondering what that means for Egypt, this will get you started. Exit quotation from “liberal” Bill Press: “So, I think the United States ought to identify, yeah, we oughta be going after these terrorists that carried out the attacks in Libya and we are. I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.”

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gophergirl on September 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Exit quotation from “liberal” Bill Press: “So, I think the United States ought to identify, yeah, we oughta be going after these terrorists that carried out the attacks in Libya and we are. I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.”

The makers of “Religulous” and “Zero Dark Thirty” hardest hit.

Kataklysmic on September 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The film is cheesy and provocative, but so what?

… And Satanic Verses is any better? Did anybody get through the first two chapters???

desertdweller on September 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I do not quite understand the need to pass aesthetic judgment on a work before making a free speech argument, but that seems to be a minority opinion. Does anyone else find it puzzling, though? It’s almost as if Theo van Gogh, murdered by an Islamist nut job in the streets of Amsterdam in 2004, would have deserved his stabbing death if the production values of “Submission” had been a bit lower.

We live in bizarro world, apparently, where people can riot and murder and the focus is on…a video.

It won’t be long before they’re legislating against “hate” speech.

changer1701 on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Maybe Rushdie’s just worried that someone is trying to muscle in on his “Fatwa’d artiste” shtick.

I mean, just look at the photo he uses for his Twitter avatar! Look at the bars. Tell me this isn’t a man who gets off on being a martyr.

Kensington on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Fatwahs for thee, but none for me.

de rigueur on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

WTF?

Oil Can on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

He may have gotten a reaction, but it’s exactly the one we always get, right? We cannot continue to treat the sand dwellers as if they are our equals.

SouthernGent on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Nice try, Salman. The Fatwa still stands and you know it.

spiritof61 on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Perhaps we should pick Rushdie up, and send him to Iran.

Let his explain the difference between “high” and “low” art to the mullahs – I’m sure someone as brilliant as him can get them to agree.

Rebar on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

So why don’t we ship Salman Rushdies butt off to Iran consistent with his own philosophy?

What a cowardly weasel.

sharrukin on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Rushdie’s a big leftie, apart from having the right view on Islam.

MadisonConservative on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

WTF with a reference to Hitchens in this regard? Aside from his late-in-life obsessive epiphany about Islamic extremist thuggery, thuggery and even mass murder were not particularly a problem for him in the service of collectivism and certainly mindless anti-Americanism. As these thuggish threats emanate from the Islamic kooks, Hitchens would be eloquently outraged, I imagine. Which would be quaint, but again dark comedy when his long-term sympathy for authoritarianism were recalled.

As for Rushdie, he is perhaps the perfect example of a clueless Euro (culturally) who literally owes his life to western and specifically American power and principles – yet who disdains the source of his salvation and preens with his fashionably illiterate anti-US views and “criticisms”.

A-list artist? Rushdie? Surely you jest, AP!

IceCold on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Insanity.

What’s the purpose of free speech if it isn’t used against a barbaric religion?

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.

What law mandate would that be?

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

So Martin Scorsese can make any movie he wants, but not Ed Wood. OK, got it.

rbj on September 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Perhaps we should pick Rushdie up, and send him to Iran.

Let his explain the difference between “high” and “low” art to the mullahs – I’m sure someone as brilliant as him can get them to agree.

Rebar on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Heh.

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

So I guess we are still pretending that the video was the cause for all the recent Muslim violence. And also we have to keep pretending that the Obama administration isn’t deliberately putting this man in danger as a scapegoat to cover up their own incompetence.

Screw what Rushdie says.
Being the persecuted and endangered author is the anchor of his career and he doesn’t want to share the spotlight.

NeoKong on September 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And here is Allah making the par for the course description of his own:

The film is cheesy and provocative, but so what?

Disappointing.

Sherman1864 on September 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Pussy Riot’s music is awful, too, but you don’t hear that from these so-called champions of free speech when talking about them.

blue13326 on September 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s stunning to watch the International Left implode like this and expose their cowardice for all the world to see. It’s very, very revealing stuff.

Punchenko on September 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

“So can I be forgiven now?”

Bishop on September 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Is the same guy that has a 3.3M bounty on his head?
L

letget on September 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

If Rushdie’s work is more serious, wouldn’t that make it all the more dangerous to the Islamist maniacs?

forest on September 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Wait till the mullahs find out that in the Divine Comedy Dante stuck the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in one of the fiery circles of Hell. Barnes & Noble has the unmitigated gall to stock that filth along with The Satanic Verses by Rushdie—

Oh, what have I done?!?!

spiritof61 on September 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Yeah, that view will keep him from getting his head cut off. /s

What an elitist arrogant buffoon.

AZfederalist on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Tell me this isn’t a man who gets off on being a martyr.

Kensington on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

OK, I’ll tell you he doesn’t get off on being a martry. But given that he’s had a price on his head for 23 years now, and lived in hiding for years, it doesn’t surprise me that his ‘position’ has become a part of his identity.

ProfessorMiao on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

this is just trashy leftism. lefties are the people that proclaim themselves Public Intellectuals…so they think they are very special people..not like the peasants

and Lauer at the end stroking his goatee saying interesting, interesting….yeah, right matt. but these are all leftists, the Voice of the Machine…and so think they will be protected and paid handsomely by the Machine

and, so far, they are right

r keller on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Rushdie is a leftist. That means he has to toe the line. They are a sad, confused, self-loathing bunch of morons.

echosyst on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I do not quite understand the need to pass aesthetic judgment on a work before making a free speech argument, but that seems to be a minority opinion. Does anyone else find it puzzling, though? It’s almost as if Theo van Gogh, murdered by an Islamist nut job in the streets of Amsterdam in 2004, would have deserved his stabbing death if the production values of “Submission” had been a bit lower.

Yes. This is the same criticism I leveled against Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when they did the same thing.

Dongemaharu on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I think there should be an exponential escalation in the mockery to drive them over the edge. Especially in Europe so those soft headed idiots can wake up to the danger growing inside their countries.

Charlemagne on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Any author trying to make a living will write to get a reaction.

MeatHeadinCA on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

We need to throw so many insults at the muslims that they either finally GROW THE EFF UP and become ADULTS or they become desensitized to it.

Or they will off themselves ridding the world of their pestilence.

I still want to get an unholy koran, let it soak in the toilet, let it dry on the ground outside, then burn it in bacon grease and put it on YouTube.

The only thing stopping me is I don’t want to actually PAY money for one, since I’m sure some jihad cash to terrorists organization is what makes money on the damn things…

wildcat72 on September 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.”

How very progressive of you, Press.

Again, how can these people get from Point A to Point B without getting lost – in their everyday lives – for crying out loud.

tru2tx on September 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

we are talking about bill mahers religulous right. the last twenty minutes that lampoon Islam?

right?

tom daschle concerned on September 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

George Orwell > Salman Rushdie

The Resolute Desk on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Perhaps it will be a comfort for him to keep in mind when his head is bowed down waiting for the sword, that his art is better than the other guy’s.

pedestrian on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

We live in bizarro world, apparently, where people can riot and murder and the focus is on…a video.

It won’t be long before they’re legislating against “hate” speech.

changer1701 on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Why ban guns , when videos are more deadly…

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

OK, I’ll tell you he doesn’t get off on being a martry. But given that he’s had a price on his head for 23 years now, and lived in hiding for years, it doesn’t surprise me that his ‘position’ has become a part of his identity.

ProfessorMiao on September 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Which makes it all the more revolting, in my opinion, that he can’t see clearly how hypocritical he’s being.

Kensington on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Perhaps we should pick Rushdie up, and send him to Iran.

Let his explain the difference between “high” and “low” art to the mullahs – I’m sure someone as brilliant as him can get them to agree.

Rebar on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Heh.

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The LA Times will give him up the moment he strays from The Narrative.

As far as I’m concerned, after watching this play out — and after living in the Age of Obama — the American left needs to be dismantled economically, politically, and culturally. Conservatives need to start organizing their communities to oppose the totalitarian left, keep them out of office, and begin the process of taking back control of the media and the universities.

Our republic depends on it.

Punchenko on September 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

WTF?

Oil Can on September 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Do you mean “What the fatwa”?

What kind of screwball world is it that when what one group deems remarks (or art or schlock or a differing religious belief) offensive or blasphemous, another group is then justified in going into a killing, destructive rampage?

Look at the desecrations that the Muslims have foisted on some of the great cathedrals in Europe. Should Muslim no-go neighborhoods be torched in retaliation?

onlineanalyst on September 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

From his wikipedia page:
In November 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new liberal arts college that has adopted as its motto a Latin translation of a phrase “free speech is life itself” from an address he gave at Columbia University in 1991 to mark the two-hundredth anniversary of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Hypocritical indeed.

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Free speech is to be defended. A particular speech, however, doesn’t have to be endorsed to be defended. This, I believe, is the dynamic between most people right now.

There are some that not only defend the right of a individual to make the movie, but the movie itself. Most others rational people respect the right of the person to make the movie, but can’t defend the movie at all.

Similarly, there are those that respect the right of an individual to burn the American flag, but don’t endorse burning American flags. Generally, when that conversation comes up every few years, most rational people say “I reject what their doing but I support their right to do it”.

It’s actually so common that I’m not sure why so many people are making a fuss about it now.

segasagez on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Oh, what have I done?!?!

spiritof61 on September 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

In 2002, five men who it was believed were connected to Al Qaeda and were planning to blow up the building, were arrested.[3][4] Again in 2006, plans by Muslim terrorists to destroy the Basilica were thwarted by Italian police. The terrorists claimed that a 15th-century fresco inside was insulting to Islam. The fresco, painted by Giovanni da Modena, represents a scene from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, and depicts Muhammad in Hell being devoured by demons.[5][6]

Rebar on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Rushdie an ingrate and worm (i.e., typical lefty)…the real heroes are those who’ve protected him all these years.

AUINSC on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Rushdie must be nervous. Not wanting to throw more fuel on the flame of the religious nuts out to get him. He should stay off the air.

rickv404 on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

the crux of is argument is that because he was not trying to insult anyone, he did not deserve his situation, but because basseley was out for a reaction, he does deserve the his situation!

ah! what a miserable thing to say!

nathor on September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Keep in mind this is the same Salman Rushdie who criticizes the right to bear arms… but hid behind his own, armed bodyguards.

Ignore the asshat behind the curtain, everyone.

The Resolute Desk on September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Rushdie tried to sort of apologize for offending Muslims with his satirical take down of Islam “The Satanic Verses“, and attempted walk back his offense years ago, but the mullahs didn’t buy it.

He’s a fool for thinking that such a pissy plea bargain would mollify the maniacs and an imbecile for distancing his trenchant anti-Islamic High Art from this hokey anti-Islamic folk art.

Pompous schmuck.

profitsbeard on September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Perhaps it will be a comfort for him to keep in mind when his head is bowed down waiting for the sword, that his art is better than the other guy’s.

pedestrian on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Winner!

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The rules for ivory tower elitists are different than for proles.

vityas on September 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

For Rushdie to say that he wrote ‘ a serious novel’, but that the film was ‘malicious’, and imply that there was a difference in terms of freedom of speech was appalling… and predictable. It is the response of the elitist literati.

Quality and/or intent mean nothing to the extremists who latch on to anything at hand to try and justify their murderous acts, even when those acts are open acts of war against a sovereign nation. These are maniacs.

The right to freedom of speech and expression is universal and applies equally to all. Here in the United States we, at least most of us, understand this and stand up for this unalienable right.

thatsafactjack on September 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Rushdie must be nervous. Not wanting to throw more fuel on the flame of the religious nuts out to get him. He should stay off the air.

rickv404 on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

His cowardice only encourage them.

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Salman blow my whistle.

CW on September 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

freedom of speech and protection from blasphemy laws for me but not for thee.

most porn is fairly idiotic poorly made ‘ garbage’- that doesn’t mean that it’s even remotely understandable and tolerable if someone is murdered because they made a wank film-even if it was found under ted bundy’s pillow.

anarchist make no bones about taunting the police, wishing them to be murdered. there are a lot of anarchist dead cop jokes. we have all seen the sub-literate signage. in the 1860s on they spent a lot of time killing cops. the radicals of the 60s targeted police officers for murder- the black panthers and their white ditches the weather underground in particular. no liberal “artiste” would consider for a second hauling leftists into the police station for their hateful clearly antagonist- and poorly phrased- vitriol against the police.

why,some are even still free as birds after admitting complicity in the death of another human.

but some supposed ‘ artist’ and intellectual’ has more rights than anyone else with an opinion especially if it’s a crappy ill conceived moronic opinion?

the reaction of anyone else to our speech does not matter- that’s why there’s no inalienable right to not be offended (or be aesthetically offended by a work’s value as expression) within the american bill of rights.

entitled prat.

mittens on September 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

And some people don’t seem to feel that speech, regardless of its freedom, is not without consequence.

The right to free speech is one that protects a person from government, in my opinion. Not from the person standing right next to you.

segasagez on September 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

“Here crocodile! Here crocodile! Eat him! Yum-yum!”

Douche.

Bruno Strozek on September 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Rushdie must be nervous. Not wanting to throw more fuel on the flame of the religious nuts out to get him. He should stay off the air.

rickv404 on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Seeing that the Iranians just bumped up the reward by $500,000 I don’t think he’s nervous, I think he changing his underwear every few minutes.

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Rushdie is/was a British affirmative action writer. “Oh look what a noble little brown person can write!” It didn’t have to be good (it isn’t) it just had to fit the “wonderful Islam” meme that is Britanistan.

And no sympathy from the hypocrite?

You can take the boy out of Mecca but you can’t take Mecca out of the boy.

BL@KBIRD on September 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

So if both Rushdie and the film maker were in a room together and terrorist Islamists came in, which one are they going to whack?

a) Rushdie
b) Film maker
c) All of the above.

albill on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Gillespie finds clarity effortlessly. Even MKH felt compelled to preface her remarks on liberty with a movie critique.

Jaibones on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Why ban guns , when videos are more deadly…

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

According to the administration, any old Westerner with a video camera can reshape the political balance of the Middle East.

We’re all Dr. Strangelove now. :-)

Punchenko on September 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.”

FOR MAKING A FILM!

UnderstandingisPower on September 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

“Here crocodile! Here crocodile! Eat him! Yum-yum!”

Douche.

Bruno Strozek on September 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Hmmm , do you know if crocs like Salman-fil-a?

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

No wonder Rushdie has eluded his Muslim tormentors for so long. He’s been hiding all the way up his own ass.

Jim Treacher on September 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The news is that the man who is the leader of the free world betrayed a universe of liberties and Constitutional ideals in order to submit to his Islamic, self-perceived admirers and ask for the political noise to get turned down. The true assurance of Obama’s goals has to do with that an absolute idiot would have started to get the message by now that his ideas were all wrong, unless the reaction he’s getting is what he wanted all along.

Hening on September 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

It’s almost as if Theo van Gogh, murdered by an Islamist nut job in the streets of Amsterdam in 2004, would have deserved his stabbing death if the production values of “Submission” had been a bit lower.

Exactly. Define quality. Then extrapolate and define it as who gets to live and who gets to die. Who is making this decision? Who appointed them arbiter?

kim roy on September 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM

First the come after your poorly made and insensitive videos,
Then they’ll come after your violent video games,
Then they’ll come after your guns,
Then they’ll come after your sugar,
Oh wait

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The Meme is growing legs

Viva la Meme

faraway on September 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

…says the man living with a 25 year fatwa ordering his death for insulting Izlamaniacs.

LizardLips on September 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Who appointed them arbiter?

kim roy on September 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I’m sure there’s a czar for that.

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I could burn a piece of paper claiming it was pulled from a Koran and the nutjobs would find an excuse to riot.

LtGenRob on September 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Salman “Stevens” Rushdie? We’ll see…

WhatSlushfund on September 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

And Satanic Verses is any better? Did anybody get through the first two chapters???

desertdweller on September 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

It is pretentious plodding tripe. And after reading Rushdie’s comments I know why.

Deanna on September 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.”

Obama’s Thought Police are on the case as we write!

hawkeye54 on September 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Has anyone in Hollywood come out publicly in defense of free speech?

Mayday on September 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

German Jews used to complain that Eastern European Jews were giving the Nazis an excuse to be antisemitic, and leftist Israelis tend to blame Netanyahu and (shudder) Lieberman in the same way. I can think of other groups that behaved analogously. A fellow victim is often a shanda for some people, but to be fair, most of us prefer to be a victim on our own terms.

Seth Halpern on September 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM

“Exit quotation from “liberal” Bill Press: “So, I think the United States ought to identify, yeah, we oughta be going after these terrorists that carried out the attacks in Libya and we are. I think we also ought to be identifying the people who made this video and go after them with the full force of the law and lock their ass up.”

A new species; an angry, totalitarian, dhimmi.

ncjetsfan on September 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Makes me sick to my stomach that I ever defended the guy’s right to free speech back in the day. F*ck you, Rushdie, you cowering, cowardly elitist piece of sh*t. Could not care less what happens to you. I think I’ll buy one of your books — for winter kindling.

Rational Thought on September 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Has anyone in Hollywood come out publicly in defense of free speech?

Mayday on September 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

These aren’t the free speeches were looking for.
Move along

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Why, why AM I here? I renounced HA two years ago and came back two days ago. Think I’ll vacate again, but I sooooo love the posters! Hugs to all!

Chewy the Lab on September 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

George Orwell > Salman Rushdie

The Resolute Desk on September 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell

squint on September 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Chewy the Lab on September 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I remember you!
I’ve been lurking longer than I thought.
Glad I’m out(that doesn’t sound right)
Welcome back!

OTTO on September 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Just another leftist who believes he holds some magical moral ‘high ground’.

Maybe someone should rat him out, like CNN is trying to do to the hack ‘producer’ who made 16 minutes of Youtube trash that makes Plan 9 From Outer Space look like an Oscar contender.

Liam on September 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Has anyone in Hollywood come out publicly in defense of free speech?

Mayday on September 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Bill Maher. A Profile in Courage.

spiritof61 on September 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Salman pushes the film maker in front of the train to save himself. Fμck him.

CW on September 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Chewy wait a minute……

CW on September 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

It’s ridiculous how quickly some people here to throw the guy under the bus because of a difference of opinions. Yesterday, you were his biggest supporters. Now, “send him to Iran”. Talk about irrational…

segasagez on September 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Bill Maher. A Profile in Courage.

Any film makers or actors that you know of? (lefties, I mean)

Mayday on September 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Sounds a bit elitist to me, but he was on The Today Show…so.

d1carter on September 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

CW on September 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Interesting use of the Greek letter “mu” :)

spiritof61 on September 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Would Hitch have recoiled?

Allah

Yes. He would have killed him on tomorrow/Wednesday in a Fighting Words column, then popped up on either Charlie Rose, Piers Morgan, AC360…and clobbered him.

The real reason Rushdie could get away with saying this? Hitch isn’t here.

budfox on September 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

O/T-When will Allah do a post on the video everyone is talking about? The video of Romney writing off 47% of Americans.

HotAirLib on September 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell

squint on September 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

It’s like the media doesn’t like liberty. But they love obama…

the_nile on September 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last” – Winston Churchill

sharrukin on September 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Says the defense attorney to the rape victim who had a few drinks.

BKeyser on September 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

HotAirLib on September 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

HAL: Sing “Daisy” for us, would you?

Liam on September 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

… And Satanic Verses is any better? Did anybody get through the first two chapters??? desertdweller on September 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Read it all, it was great. Inspired me to write a novel.

Akzed on September 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

The key bit comes at the end. As you watch, bear in mind that Rushdie’s old tormentors in Iran announced just today that they’ll “search for, track, and pursue” the filmmaker.
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So,the Iranian`s Ante Up,going after (Rushdie)
a British Citizen,now they are threatening to
hunt down a US Citizen….an ACT OF WAR!
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Iran will pursue makers of anti-Islam film: vice-president
DUBAI | Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:30am EDT
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(Reuters) – Iran’s government will
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“track down” those responsible for making an amateurish film clip mocking the Prophet Mohammad,
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a senior official said, Iranian media reported on Monday.

The video made in California and posted on YouTube portrayed the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer and a fool. It has ignited a week of violent protests across the Muslim world.

“The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns … this inappropriate and offensive action,” First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said, according to the Mehr news agency.

“Certainly it will search for,
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track,
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and pursue this guilty person who
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… has insulted 1.5 billion Muslims in the world.”
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The Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,

condemned to death the Indian-born British novelist Salman Rushdie in 1989 for his novel “The Satanic Verses,” saying its depiction of the Prophet Mohammad was blasphemous.

Iranian officials have demanded that the United States apologize to Muslims for the movie, saying it is only the latest in a series of Western insults aimed at Islam’s holy figures.(More….)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/17/us-protests-iran-idUSBRE88G0FQ20120917

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