I'm happy to see Salman Rushdie receive this honor.
The measure that has taken place for paying tribute to this apostate and detested figure will definitely put British statesmen and officials at odds with Islamic societies, the emotions and sentiments of which have again been provoked.The emotions and sentiments of islamic societies aren't as much provoked by this knighthood as agitated by islamist demagogues for power points.
- Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini
Not that the same sort of thing doesn't occur on our side of the cultural divide, of course.
It would have been interesting to observe the discussions leading to the decision to knight Sir Salman.
The Independent - Salman Rushdie: His life, his work and his religion:
[Rushie] senses soft racism in the refusal to see Islamic fundamentalists for what they are. When looking at the Christian fundamentalists of the United States, most people see an autonomous movement of superstitious madmen. But when they look at their Islamic equivalents, they assume they cannot mean what they say.It's unfortunate that the title of The Independent's piece implies that Rushie has religion. He doesn't. Rushdie is a wholly secular person.
Fundamentalism isn't about religion. It's about power.
"Sir Salman Rushdie" sounds good on him.