Reward for death of Salman Rushdie is renewed in Iran

Reward for death of Salman Rushdie is renewed in Iran February 21, 2016

A new $600,000 bounty for the death of British Indian author Salman RushdieForty has been jointly offered by 40 state-run Iranian media outlets in Iran.
According to this report, Fars News Agency, which is closely affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was among the largest contributors, donating one billion Rials – nearly $30,000.

The announcement coincides with the anniversary of the fatwa issued the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, the agency said.
Ayatollah Khomeini, the First Supreme Leader of Iran, issued the fatwa against Rushdie on charges of blasphemy for his novel The Satanic Verses on 15 February, 1989.
The Ayatollah called for the death of the book’s author along with anyone “involved in its publication”.
Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of The Satanic Verses, was stabbed to death outside his office at Tsukuba University.
The Italian translator Ettore Capriolo survived being stabbed at his apartment in Milan, and the novel’s Norwegian publisher was shot three times in the back and left for dead outside his home in Oslo.
Rushdie was put under police protection by the British government and spent many years in hiding.
While Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami said the threat against the author was “finished” in 1998, the fatwa has never officially been lifted.
Ayatollah Khomeini’s successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in 2005 the order still stands.
The new bounty is the largest organised effort to assassinate Rushdie since the fatwa was issued.
Last year, the Islamic Republic cancelled its appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair after Rushdie was announced as a speaker. They urged other Muslim nations to boycott the fair.

When the Pope met with Iran’s President Roujani last month, the Vatican played up the commonalities between it and Iran, while also referencing:

The life of the Church in Iran and the promotion of the dignity of the human person and religious freedom.

In its statement on the Francis-Rouhani talks specifically, the Vatican said:

Common spiritual values emerged, and reference was made to the good state of relations between the Holy See and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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  • I am not shy at all in spitting hatred for religion and cruel mocking of the religious. But never, no, not one time, will you find me saying the religious should be killed, or their religion outlawed. It takes a religious person to be that morally upright. I’m just a confused atheist who retains hope that reason (and a little bit of cruel mockery) can convince people to stop being foolish.
    “Foolish” being a kind word for… people… like those who would pay for another man’s death because he wrote a book.

  • Rob Andrews

    “The announcement coincides with the anniversary of the fatwa issued the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, the agency “.
    I suppose it makes sence from their point of view. What better way tho commemorate a great man then copy his actions on the 25 anniversary of the revolution. In the US we honored President Kennedy by going to the moon and passing his civil rights proposal.
    “It’s not the parts of the bible I DON’T undersand the bother me, it’s the parts I DO undersatnd”.-Mark Twain

  • AgentCormac

    Renewing an incitement to violence which calls upon the faithful,every last one of them, to murder someone they don’t know for writing a novel they haven’t even read? Ah, that’ll be the lovely religion of peace. You know, the religion with all those millions of moderates who keep speaking out against the zealots within their midst.

  • 1859

    This institutional mindlessness made me so angry I wrote the following – apologies if you feel I’m being self-indulgent; I share it because this sort of news makes me so, so angry, so despairing of humanity…
    …O give me leave to curse
    the naked violence of men
    every one of whom takes into his mouth
    his god’s spiteful erection
    men principled yet sordid
    devoted yet consumed
    their climax to every engorged deceit
    a passion to merely spit sex
    the truth crushing the truth
    an eloquent, viral falsehood
    this supreme, five-star rating
    of death’s raw cuisine
    for who else but these deadly clowns
    can blow away a child’s face
    and call it freedom
    the outliers, we who deliver genocide
    world of clutter
    world of endless revenge
    I see you sitting at my table
    everyone but you afraid to eat…
    I apologise for being OT. I am so angry I would really like to write in blood across the wall of the Ayattolah’s palace.

  • Justin Badby

    I spit on iran and islam.

  • Justin Badby

    Every iranian national must be expelled from the UK, all iranian interests and assets must be seized, and absolute cast iron trade embargoes set in place if Rushdie is harmed. Actually do it now before Rushdie is harmed. Call it a premptive strike. And I dont give flying fuck if ordinary iranians suffer … Its time they stood up and showed solidarity with the civilised world and if they don’t they deserve to suffer. Fuck them unless they kick out the theocratic vampires.

  • Justin

    Fear not, average Joe, these aren’t “real Muslims”.
    When will people realise this sort of view (i.e. kill the blasphemer/behead those who insult Islam) and attitude is not some “fringe element”within Islam? Are all Muslim prone to violence? No. Do a disturbing number accept and even support this sort of punishment? Yes.
    If you want to do your own research Google: attitudes towards terrorism among Muslims, attitudes towards apostasy in Islam, attitudes towards blasphemy in Islam. I am sure you’ll be deeply troubled by the pervasiveness of medieval thinking regarding those topics.

  • L.Long

    The religion of peace has once again demonstrated the only way it give peace…the peace of the grave!!! And all the radical pacifist religious members can claim that the killers are not a true (insert your favorite BS). They are liars!!! I’ve read their books o’BS and the killers do reflect the religious beliefs.
    When I see one of the radical pacifists get recorded on a public stage reading then TARING out the hate-bigotry-and killing parts of the books o’BS I will believe they are serious. Til then they are just making noises.

  • RussellW

    Let’s re-apply sanctions to the Islamic Sewer of Iran.
    The term ‘moderate Muslim’ is nothing more than an exercise in wishful thinking by useful idiots and a very useful propaganda ploy by sly Islamic apologists.
    It’s obvious that if the majority of Muslims were ‘moderate’ in the liberal democratic sense, majority Muslim countries wouldn’t be such chaotic, oppressive,backward, dysfunctional crap holes.

  • barriejohn

    What a blessing that regimes like Iran are not given seats at the United Nations – or, worse still , a voice on any of its committees concerned with human rights – and quite right too!
    The Economic and Social Council, a U.N. body based in New York, elected Iran to a four-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the world’s top intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Tehran also won a seat on the 19-nation Committee on NGOs (non-government organizations), a position that enables Tehran to champion and silence human rights organizations, depending on their views.

  • barriejohn

    RussellW et al: I think it would be a mistake to assume that the majority of Muslims even in Iran are in favour of this sort of nonsense, though many of the less educated and less sophisticated might support it, and the government depends upon them. “Demonstrations” in these countries are well organized, so can be safely ignored as to giving any indication of true public feeling. Remember the anti-government protests of 2011/12 (they’re the ones that are NOT allowed), when it was alleged that Hezbollah fighters were used to suppress dissent. Would YOU be the first one to put your head above the parapet in that country? These rulers are fascists, using religion as a tool (as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin did), and I very much doubt that their faith has any sincerity whatsoever.
    There are many internet sites similar to this one:
    Those people would have been mainly Muslim!

  • harrynutsak

    One rule for religious people and a different one for their victims, is that it?
    Will everyone now continue to pretend that these religious idiots should be allowed to practice their criminal expression of their religion simply because it’s religious?
    Criminal expression of any ideology is criminal by definition regardless of the motivating ideology.
    But the criminals in charge know this, and will not allow any precedent to be set that could upset their apple cart.
    These people can be de-programmed. Its their right to be free of brainwashing, isn’t it?

  • Newspaniard

    And all the while these savages in Iran are building atomic weapons and being rewarded for it, with the full approval of the White House. The sooner Trump is elected the better.

  • RussellW

    “I think it would be a mistake to assume that the majority of Muslims even in Iran are in favour of this sort of nonsense, though many of the less educated and less sophisticated might support it,”
    Yes, however I was referring to all majority Muslim societies, most have an appalling record. Islamic cultures seem incapable of modernisation,as the Pew surveys on Muslims’ attitudes have indicated, the majority really do not support or understand liberal democracy, it’s incompatible with Islam. In other words, apart from a minority of the educated middle class, the population would favour an Islamic regime over a secular one. Remember that the result of democratic elections in Egypt was the Muslim Brotherhood government.
    I’m not disputing that the mullahs in Iran use religion as a tool, however let’s speculate–say there was a democratic election in Nazi Germany in 1938, would Hitler would have been re-elected?
    So we can’t assume that the majority of Iranians don’t support the fatwa either.

  • barriejohn

    Some of the comments on this site generate more heat than light these days! I have been reading the comments on that site to which I have linked above, and they are very interesting. Here’s a very succinct one:
    When independent people are pressed too hard they react with vengeance. Iranian people wanted to get the western fang off their back. In the process they only had the religious institution to coalesce around. Unfortunately women lost ground in the process. This was the biggest price to pay for sovereignty.
    In many ways we are reaping what we have sown where the Middle East is concerned.

  • Brian Jordan

    I could never summon up any enthusiasm for Rushdie’s writing but an excellent lighter read, about Iran, is Joel Rosenberg’s “Last Jihad” series. He turns out to be an evangelical Christian but I don’t recall that spoiling the stories when I read them a few years ago. There’s also an excellent if tragic animated film “Persepolis” available on DVD. (see Wikipedia also for Rosenberg).

  • barriejohn

    RussellW: I wasn’t referring to your latest comment there, as I hadn’t seen it! Things are never as simple as they seem. A lot of the support for Islamic government is due to anti-Western, and particularly anti-American, feeling. In that respect sanctions just added fuel to the fire, as does support for Zionism. I’m not sure what your point is about Adolf Hitler, but he was incredibly popular until his ill-fated invasion of Russia!

  • cnocspeireag

    Trevor Blake, I salute your comments but even you have fallen into the trap of giving unearned respect to religion. The islamofascists in Iran are not ‘morally upright’, they are totally without real morals and are an unmitigated evil whose disappearance would only cleanse the world.

  • barriejohn

    @cnocspeireag: It was sarcasm!

  • Stuart H.

    Oddly enough, I discovered a copy of SV in the local library the other week and thought it time I actually read it instead of just shouting about it too. Having done so, I’m surprised religiots got so het up -hardly any direct religious references in there and if anyone could take offence I’d have thought it far more likely to be Anglo-Indian shysters and posers, who he skews pretty mercilessly. Nothing in the book you couldn’t have seen in that BBC comedy Goodness Gracious Me a decade or so back.
    I was amused too by one of the early comments in Barry’s link, which points out that the Iranians will first knock $200,000 off that $600,000 in tax. Then there’s the fee for transferring the money out of Iran (bank links to outside world only started opening last week), and who knows what else if you looked at it practically… so not really worth the faithful making the effort.

  • Vanity Unfair

    Presumably the powers that be have a list of the owners and managers of these organisations. Khomeini is beyond the reach of the UK courts but if any of these enter the country:
    Offences Against the Person Act 1861 c100 s4
    4 Conspiring or soliciting to commit murder.
    . . . .whosoever shall solicit, encourage, persuade, or endeavour to persuade, or shall propose to any person, to murder any other person, whether he be a subject of Her Majesty or not, and whether he be within the Queen’s dominions or not, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable. . . to [imprisonment for life].