Knight of the Living Dead
From the BBC, “Iran condemns Rushdie knighthood”:
His book The Satanic Verses offended Muslims worldwide and led to Iran issuing a fatwa in 1989, ordering Sir Salman’s execution.
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said the decision to praise the “apostate” showed Islamophobia among British officials.
The UK Foreign Office said Sir Salman’s honour was “richly deserved”.
Mr Hosseini told a press conference: “Giving a medal to someone who is among the most detested figures in the Islamic community is… a blatant example of the anti-Islamism of senior British officials.
— or, to paraphrase, “anti-Islam” or “Islamaphobia” has now been defined down to include “not agreeing with what Islam has declared is righteous and good — which in this case includes calls for murder based on a dislike over a work of fiction.”
Other examples of “Islamaphobia,” based on this thinking, are as follows: the existence of pigs and Jews and alcohol. Women voting. Beardless men. High tops. Churches. Fun.
Probably much else, too, but I’m not in the mood to think it through right now.
[Mr Hosseini] added that the knighthood showed that the process of insulting Islamic sanctities was not accidental but was being supported by some Western countries.
— especially those who unscrupulously adhere to the pluralistic tenets that make Western countries Western.
Which, that’s just plain intolerant — and certainly not in keeping with the teachings of the Enlightenment.
At least, not if you believe, say, the Boston Globe editors. Or even certain leftist literary figures, who (predictably) lecture from the illiberal perspective of post-colonial theory, and who find it simply abominable that Rushdie would use his literary talents in the service of a kind of linguistic natural rights universalism, rather than in the more proper sphere of cultural relativism and identity-group defined and dictated “consensus”-diction (one man’s “terrorist” being another man’s “freedom fighter,” you see).
Sir Salman, 59, was one of almost 950 people to appear on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, which was announced on Saturday.
All are nominated by the public or expert organisations.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office declined to comment on the Iranian spokesman’s remarks, saying Sir Salman’s honour had been deserved and the reasons for it were self-explanatory.
Just as the reasons Islamists oppose it are self-explanatory: they’re fucking fanatics who will not rest until their worldview is globally ascendant.
And if that means using the tropes of multiculturalism and western guilt over perceived hegemony in order (ironically) to foster their own medievalist hegemony on the modern world, well, so be it.
You can’t make a fanatical omelet without breaking a few progressive eggs.