Is Rushdie Right About Papal Persecution?

September 27, 2006 § 2 Comments

I shudder at the thought, but examining the statement more closely I must ask, is Salman Rushdie right when he says,

Look at the things that are not being protested about. In Darfur you’ve got a Muslim massacre of other Muslims. Why aren’t there demonstrations about that in the Muslim world? That seems to me to be a much bigger thing than the Pope using a 15th-century quote,” (J. Bone, The Times)

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§ 2 Responses to Is Rushdie Right About Papal Persecution?

  • Fatima says:

    He’s right. Why AREN’T we protesting the important things? If someone wants to insult our religion, correct them sure, but let them. How is that hurting us?

    Granted that perhaps there are people, Muslims, protesting Darfur and other important things, but why not on the scale of the cartoons or the pope’s comments? Why not on such a scale that the media HAS to report on them. We constantly hear that there are “moderate” Muslims speaking up who are not hell-bent on violence and the only reason we don’t hear them is because it’s not “sensational” enough for media coverage, but where the hell are they?

    The people protesting the pope’s comments, the reason there were so many is because a lot of them (not all, maybe not even most, but a lot) are from villages. Villages in Pakistan, in the Middle East. That’s all they know, they don’t know the big picture. If I grew up in a village, had the most basic knowledge of my religion, and heard that the Pope had said something like that, heck I’d probably resort to violence too. Perhaps they don’t know about Darfur. But we do. Why aren’t we protesting?

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    The people protesting the pope’s comments, the reason there were so many is because a lot of them (not all, maybe not even most, but a lot) are from villages. Villages in Pakistan, in the Middle East. That’s all they know, they don’t know the big picture. If I grew up in a village, had the most basic knowledge of my religion, and heard that the Pope had said something like that, heck I’d probably resort to violence too.

    Do not be fooled this is purposeful… it is similar to how the Gangs of Los Angelos and Rappers in the US were big news stories during the late 80s and throughout the 90s… there was a news story on this subject nearly every day. This was news… this was what they wanted people to know, that African-American youth were an uncontrolled, violent and sadistic people… or that hip-hop was a movement of those qualities. I’m an American… so I see everyday the hypocrisy of this country and it is disturbing. By-the-way… the Gangs and Rappers still exist but, it is no longer news! However, hip-hop has become a very influential art form on a global scale… so maybe all Muslims need to do is persevere!

    “Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and of all that is between them; so worship Him, and be constant and patient in His worship: knowest thou of any who is worthy of the same Name as He?” (19:65)

    Do you feel me?

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