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    The Satanic Verses

    For those unfamiliar with this story, here is a link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sat...es_controversy

    I'm curious what people here think. Have you read the book? Is it blasphemous? What is your view of the Muslim reaction and the fatwa by Imam Khomeini?

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    I'll take another stab at getting this discussion going. I think the following frames the issue properly and is very relevant to the current struggle with Islam.

    The controversy was notable for being the first time in modern times a government had publicly called for the killing of a private individual in a foreign country; and the second time that a book, or calls for a book's censorship, caused an international diplomatic crisis.[2]

    The issue divided "Muslim from Westerners along the fault line of culture,"[3] pitting the core Western value of freedom of expression – that no one "should be killed, or face a serious threat of being killed, for what they say or write" [4] – against the core belief of many Muslims – that no one should be free to "insult and malign Muslims" by disparaging the "honour of the Prophet" Muhammad.
    Indeed, at bottom, it is really a struggle between liberalism and conservatism, with the Muslims holding up the conservative end (albeit an exceptionally extreme, even medieval conservatism).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe McCarthy View Post
    I'll take another stab at getting this discussion going. I think the following frames the issue properly and is very relevant to the current struggle with Islam.



    Indeed, at bottom, it is really a struggle between liberalism and conservatism, with the Muslims holding up the conservative end (albeit an exceptionally extreme, even medieval conservatism).
    I remember all the hullabaloo all those years ago, but you never seem to hear of it these days, certainly not in the UK. It seems to be more or less forgotten about.

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    Iam sure I didnt read it all, but I read the part where the British Queen is given just as much disrespect as Muhammed.
    Even worst was the blaspemy against the God of Abraham where his name, which has four letters in Hebrew, was compared to other four letter words, when I say four letter words, Iam talking about the grossest of swear words.

    No mention was made in the media about this though was it, that the verses where every bit as offensive to Christians as too Muslims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralf Rossa View Post
    Iam sure I didnt read it all, but I read the part where the British Queen is given just as much disrespect as Muhammed.
    Even worst was the blaspemy against the God of Abraham where his name, which has four letters in Hebrew, was compared to other four letter words, when I say four letter words, Iam talking about the grossest of swear words.

    No mention was made in the media about this though was it, that the verses where every bit as offensive to Christians as too Muslims.
    Do you by chance have these passages handy? I don't recall them in reading the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe McCarthy View Post
    Do you by chance have these passages handy? I don't recall them in reading the book.
    No, I never bought the book, either somebody at work had it, or it was a written commentry somewhere saying the same thing I posted, this was back in about 1989 so a long time since I had access to it.

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