Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fight for the Jewel

As I reported earlier, a Danish publishers association undertook to publish Sherry Jones' The Jewel of Medina, a novel about Mohammed's favorite child-wife, after Random House backed out of its contract to do so. Now Copenhagen imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen (a Danish convert) has responded with a threatening open letter, as reported by German writer Henryk Broder in the blog Die Achse des Guten.

Pedersen warns that the entire Danish nation could become the target of Muslim anger if the book is published, in a crisis similar to the one over the cartoons of Mohammed. Publishing Jewel, he charges, is an abuse of freedom of conscience; the real motives of the book's supporters are hatred of Islam and xenophobia.

I had begun to worry about Europe's Islamists after the relatively quiet response to the Dutch film Fitna. But it appears my concerns were premature.

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