Salmon Rushdie knighted

Salmon Rushdie, whose book The Satanic Verses was the cause of a death threats, and a worldwide bounty has been knighted by the Queen of England.

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His fourth book – The Satanic Verses in 1988 – describes a cosmic battle between good and evil and combines fantasy, philosophy and farce. It was immediately condemned by the Islamic world because of its perceived blasphemous depiction of the prophet Muhammad. It was banned in many countries with large Muslim communities and in 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s spiritual leader, issued a fatwa, ordering Sir Salman’s execution. It was not formally lifted until 1998.

Padma Lakshmi and Sir Salman

Sir Salman and his actress wife Padma Lakshmi

Despite living as a virtual prisoner, with full police protection, Sir Salman continued to write and produced several novels and essays during his confinement. His reemergence has not been without controversy.

In backing Jack Straw over his comments on Muslim women wearing veils, Sir Salman said veils “suck” as they were a symbol of the “limitation of women”. He also weighed into the furore surrounding the Danish cartoons, which satirised the Prophet Muhammad, warning against Islamic “totalitarianism”.

Of his knighthood for services to literature, Rushdie said: “I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and am very grateful that my work has been recognised in this way.”

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It’s no big deal to Trent Lott

Take a look at the last few paragraphs of the Washington Times report on efforts to revive the immigration bill….

One key question is how to go forward even though several amendments have already cut at the grand bargain — including limiting the guest-worker program and making it easier to deport those who don’t qualify for legalization — and several other difficult amendments could pass before the bill is final.

Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, said those amendments will simply disappear when the House and Senate go to conference.

“No big deal — you pitch those before you get to the Rotunda,” he said.

But that is just what those who oppose the bill fear.

“I’m really disturbed Trent Lott would say: accept an amendment, he’ll pitch it in conference,” Mr. Sessions said. “Whose side is he on?”

Lott’s response shows a willingness of the bill’s proponents to negotiate the details in less than good-faith. It is disgusting and outrageous, and shows why the “comprehensive approach” to address the various issues will not work.

The American People have expressed their desire for Border Security. Poll after poll shows a large majority favoring Border Security first with employer enforcement a close second.

It is time for President Bush and the pro-amnesty coalition to listen to the People. Build the Fence. Show us that you can secure the borders. If you want to pass a bill to legalize the immigrants already in the country, then address that issue separately, debate it, and put it forward for consideration. There is no reason why Border Security should be held hostage to the proponents of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

h/t FR

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