award winning author salman rushdie writes about the craziness that’s going on in the muslim world, especially nigeria.

Where, after all, is the Muslim outrage at these events? As their ancient, deeply civilized culture of love, art and philosophical reflection is hijacked by paranoiacs, racists, liars, male supremacists, tyrants, fanatics and violence junkies, why are they not screaming?

when i heard on the news about the rioting over what a journalist wrote on the subject of the miss world pageant, i thought, “yeah, yeah, more fanatics….nothing new…”. but then i read that over 250 people had been killed. that’s nuts, people! over a comment written about a beauty pageant? would hard-line Christians start killing people in the street if someone said Jesus had a love thang with mary magdalene? wait a minute, that’s happened….martin scorsese made a feature film about the subject (the last temptation of Christ)…i don’t remember massacres, but there were some protests around theaters showing the flick. can you imagine if a similiar film was shown about the prophet Muhammad? the machete industry would be happy. maybe i shouldn’t be surprised. these are the same people who are going to stone to death a woman who has been convicted of adultery.

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