Satanic Verses started it all. It was published in 1988 and violent protests against it's publication occurred. I read that book, heck..I even own it. I admit it's one hell of a good read. Salman is an excellent writer and my personal favorite is The Moor's Last Sigh.
And yes, I bought this book off of Amazon and had it delivered to me in Kuwait. Along with the Kama Sutra and several other BANNED books. I'm curious like that. :)
Anyway, back then Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, offering x-amount of money for Salman's head. Personally, that's a load of crap.
True that Rushdie re-wrote the history of Islam in his novel. It was about the struggle of Satan against the angel Gabriel. And the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was involved. Etc..etc..I'm not in the mood to tell you the whole story, go buy the book yourself.
People can you tell me how many books out there mention specifically Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)? I'll answer it for you: THOUSANDS! And they don't necessarily mention our Prophet and/or our religion in a nice way either.
So what's the point? Want to issue another fatwa? Thousands of them against authors who may have put in a bad line or two about Islam?
Killing someone doesn't solve the problem. He wrote one book and decided not to write another that may enrage 1.5 billion Moslems. Make it 1.4 or so..don't include me. I'm a bookworm and I enjoy my books...
I also hold a neutral view over whatever has been written.
Why not ban The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown? It's an insult too. Claiming that Jesus had a child from Mary Magdalene? I mean he IS a revered Prophet of ours isn't he?
All I can say is, Salman just got a "Sir" title added to him. Doesn't make him a superpower. It's just a friggin title everyone, so cool down! Just like the Queen of England is just a figure, she has as much political power as a rabbit.
I'm a Muslim and proud to be one too. I defend my religion too, but not to the point to murder an innocent person. (That goes for you morons in Iraq and elsewhere.)
Get over it.