Religion of Peace™ Update

File footage of British flag being burned. No riots yet, maybe after Friday prayers.

A “concerned citizen group” in the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to throw some more money into the pot in hopes that a pious Muslim can succeed in murdering author Salman Rushdie.

TEHRAN, June 18 (UPI) — A non-governmental organization in Iran is offering $150,000 for the death of author Salman Rushdie. Forouz Raja’ee-Far, secretary general of the Headquarters for Honoring the Martyrs of Islam World Movement, said the former $100,000 prize for carrying out the execution ordered by Imam Khomeini in 1989 has now been increased to $150,000, the Fars News Agency reported Monday.

Rushdie sparked outrage in many Muslim countries with his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which was seen by some as insulting to the Islamic faith and led to the fatwa issued against Rushdie on charges of blasphemy.

The bounty increase follows the Queen of England’s bestowal of knighthood on the Indian-born author.

“According to Imam Khomeini’s verdict, it is an obligation for all Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie even if he repents from the bottom of his heart and becomes the pious man of the time,” Raja’ee-Far said.

“Also according to Imam’s verdict, if a non-Muslim person can find and execute Rushdie sooner than Muslims, it will be an obligation for Muslims to provide such a person with whatever he wants as his payment or prize,” he said. Link

Warnings, threats, and fatwahs are nothing new to the delicate sensitivities of islamists. Theo van Gogh, filmmaker and descendant of painter Vincent van Gogh was murdered on the streets of Amsterdam by islamist Mohammed Bouyeri in 2004 after producing the movie “Submission” which dealt with the topic of violence against women in Islamic societies. After the movie was released in 2004, both van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who produced the script) received death threats. Theo, unfortunately, did not take these threats seriously and refused protection. He was shot eight times, then his throat was cut, then stabbed in the chest. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has subsequently emigrated to the United States.

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