Could it be? A show of infidel defiance from none other than the Queen of Great Britain — the fabled land where “underground” sharia law permeates regions such as Londonistan. After outraging the umma a year ago by announcing that Salman Rushdie — variously known in the Islamic world as apostate-heretic-blasphemer — would be knighted, the Brits are actually going through with it. More kudos to them.
“Queen Confers Knighthood on Salman Rushdie,” from Associated Press, June 25:
Queen Elizabeth II conferred a knighthood on “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie on Wednesday, a year after the announcement of the knighthood provoked protests from the Muslim world.
Some Muslims accused Rushdie him of blasphemy in the book and Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence on him in 1989. [“¦]
Rushdie was forced to accept round-the-clock protection after “The Satanic Verses,” was published in 1988. The Iranian government withdrew the death sentence in 1998 and Rushdie has gradually returned to public life. […]
Many Muslims are of the opinion that the only one capable of retracting a fatwa “” in this case, the late Khomeini “” must be the same one who issued it. In other words, a fatwa issued by a dead Ayatollah is a perpetual fatwa.
He added: “At this stage ,you know, it’s certainly not a day to talk about controversy, it’s a day for myself and my family to celebrate this.”
Though surely not in complete ease and security.