8/20/08

News Item of Interest

“The Jewel of Medina” is the title of a book that Random House refuses to publish.

To read/Or not to read


“The novel traces the life of A'isha from her engagement to Mohammed, when she was six, until the prophet's death.” The novel’s author, Sherry Jones, “I have deliberately and consciously written respectfully about Islam and Mohammed…I envisioned that my book would be a bridge-builder.”

As for (not so) Random House: their deputy publisher, Thomas Perry, cited, “cautionary advice not only that the publication of this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment…we decided, after much deliberation, to postpone publication for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel.”



I suppose that I will repeat one of the reasons why, back in the day, I declared Thank God for The Da Vinci Code!!!

Let us compare Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, and Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code:
1-Rushdie wrote a fictional novel about Islam.
Brown wrote a fictional novel about Christianity.
2-Rushdie was rewarded by being condemned to death.
Brown was rewarded by becoming a millionaire.
3-Rushdie was forced to run for his life, go into hiding, and live a secluded life.
Brown became an instant celebrity with millions of adoring fans.
4-Rushdie’s novel is actually based on a subject matter that the Qur'an itself refers to as fact—Muhammad’s proclamation and later revocation of certain verses that were explained away by the claim that he had been influenced by satan in moments of weakness. The verses that Muhammad dictated during these moments are known as the satanic verses and were known as such long before Rushdie wrote of them in his novel as they had been attested to by classical Muslim scholars such as at-Tabari and Ibn Sa'd.
Brown’s novel is based on old and utterly discredited conspiracy theories.


News items:
Random House Pulls Novel on Islam, Fears Violence
Free Speech Jilted by Muhammad Romance Novel 'Warpath'

15 comments:

  1. This is so typical, when it comes to censorship it always seems that anti Muslim stuff is not published, and let's face it Muslim is so false, you can tell.
    But anti Christian stuff, well they love that, maybe Christians should do a little more killing. Then they'll get the message. That day will come I'm sure.

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  2. I'm sensing your conclusion is "stop pocking on us and attack Islam". Would you like me to remind you thatr we are arguing about damage AND truth. In the US, Islam isn't a big problem anyways- it is for Europe.

    Of course, as an antitheist I am against both. I'd like to take this opportunity to mock those who side with the "oppressed" Muslims or the "lesser of two evils" Christians.

    The former is idiotic. The latter is wishful thinking- the enemy of your enemy will back stab you when you win. It is better to stand alone than to be betrayed. Besudes, you can't attack Islam and defend Christianity without being a hypocrite.

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  3. Hello, what happened to this blog being neutrally theistic?

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  4. Hey D.Cool,

    It will be a glorious day when God finally sweeps the hearts of men with the regenerating work of the Spirit.

    Then maybe even folks like Samuel Skinner will be able to see how futile their philosophy is, and accept the grace of Jesus Christ.

    Until America experiences another such "great awakening" I'm afraid we're doomed to see more of this sort of censoring and unjust ethical behavior.

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  5. Shotgun "Until America experiences another such "great awakening" I'm afraid we're doomed to see more of this sort of censoring and unjust ethical behavior."
    Then we can add the Koran to the pile, as per Acts19:19, along with those insufferable Harry Potter novels.

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  6. Is this an anti-Islam Christian blog now?

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  7. Mr. Modus,

    Excusing a proper exposition of the historical context of Acts 19 for the moment, perhaps you could answer a question for me?

    Given the truth of your worldview, why would censoring the Koran be any better or worse than censoring something like...say...murder?

    I realize one is a literary manifestation of ideas, while the other is a physical manifestation.

    Why should "we" censor one, and not the other, (in your view?)

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  8. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments:
    SmartLX;
    I do not understand your statement. Is my comparison between Rushdie and Brown inaccurate? What is not neutral about noting these comparisons? Also, there is no restriction on contributors to be neutral.

    Kuhlmann;
    What have you read on Atheism is Dead which is anti-Islam?

    aDios,
    Mariano

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  9. shotgunwildatheart "Excusing a proper exposition of the historical context of Acts 19 for the moment,"
    It's not my interpretation. Look to your own.

    "...perhaps you could answer a question for me?"
    I can try.

    "Given the truth of your worldview, why would censoring the Koran be any better or worse than censoring something like...say...murder?
    I realize one is a literary manifestation of ideas, while the other is a physical manifestation."

    So, you've answered your own question, then. Kudos!
    Incidentally, I'm against burning one and killing the other. I can't (and wouldn't) stop you from the former (even though book burning makes me sad, it's both free speech and your own property), but I would attempt to prevent the latter. My thumbs are licensed as deadly weapons.
    As reasonable evidence for this "truth", burn a book of yours, then try to sneak up behind yourself and murder you. I think you'll find that the latter bares a sting far greater than the former.

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  10. So, thanks for completely not answering my question.

    Why would you support the censoring of physical manifestations of ideas, and not support (at least emotionally) the censorship of literary manifestations?

    I realize this is a big boy question, but please, give it a "shot” (wink)

    Oh, and P.S.

    Make sure you know what you're talking about when you try to characterize my position. In this case you used poor judgment Mr. Modus. In a Christian society such books (like Harry Potter) wouldn't need to be burned due to their miserable failure in the marketplace (no matter what some Charismatic Pastor may say). Perhaps one day the Koran will be deemed sufficiently irrelevant as well, and can be safely relegated to the dark corners of some long forgotten library.

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  11. Mariano, the sole purpose of the post is to compare reactions to a book many Muslims won't like to reactions to a book many Christians didn't like, and indicate that either the former is an overreaction or the latter was an underreaction. Either way, the message is that Christians are getting a raw deal compared to Muslims.

    If you've got any Muslim readers, I'd like to hear their reactions to that. And perhaps you don't require yourselves to be neutral (I may be remembering the mission statement from AS instead), but this post doesn't seem to have much to do with atheism either.

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  12. "Is this an anti-Islam Christian blog now?"

    If you can REALLY read anti-islam sentiments in the post, you must have a lot more sympathy for Islam than you realised.

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  13. shotgunwildatheart "So, thanks for completely not answering my question."
    No. Thank you.

    "Why would you support the censoring of physical manifestations of ideas, and not support (at least emotionally) the censorship of literary manifestations?"
    Hey! I did answer your question. One is a book. The other, like soylent green, is people.

    "I realize this is a big boy question, but please, give it a "shot" (wink)"
    I would prefer that you not lick your lips when winking at me. It's creepy. Also, get your hand off my thigh.

    "In a Christian society such books (like Harry Potter) wouldn't need to be burned due to their miserable failure in the marketplace..."
    Harry Potter? Seriously? I've never been a Rowling fan myself (I'm more Hogan/Harrison/Heinlein/Herbert. Yes, that does form an odd pattern), but "a Christian society" wouldn't enjoy the fictional tale of a kid who goes to wizard school? Blah. If "a Christian society" doesn't read Rowling then I'm glad I'm a square peg, as your round hole looks dark and unappealing. OMG! That's soooo not a double entendre. You can giggle anyway. I did.

    "...(no matter what some Charismatic Pastor may say)."
    Yeah! Take that, interpretations of the Bible other than your own!

    "Perhaps one day the Koran will be deemed sufficiently irrelevant as well, and can be safely relegated to the dark corners of some long forgotten library."
    Or at least the fiction section of some library rather than the "dark corners" of a "long forgotten" one.
    Failing that, hope for an Enlightenment, so that at least some of the groups within the big tent of Islam that take a book that's easy to read literally literally stop taking it so literally. Literalism is problematic when God's Truth doesn't line up with His universe.

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  14. Wait! "...wouldn't need to be burned..."?!

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  15. UPDATE:
    “In August, the Serbian publisher BeoBook released ‘The Jewel of Medina’ but then quickly withdrew it from stores after protests from local Islamic leaders who said it insulted Mohammed and his family.”

    Now the book will be published by Gibson Square.

    See news story here.

    aDios,
    Mariano

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