|Quoting Soylentgreen (Reply 49):|
I do? Where? Read it again. And I read the book twice, once when it was published, and again a year ago. Please stop twisting my words BAnco. The topic is knighthood, nothing else.
Twice? Why? It's not exactly one of his best books.
You said that the knighthood was provocative. It's only provocative if you accept the basic premise that those calling for Rushdie's murder had a case. Otherwise, what you are advocating is the appeasement of those who are utterly beyond the pale. Let me put it simply to you: Those advocating Rushdie's death do not have an opinion worth considering. Their view is to deny freedom of expression through threats. The idea that Rushdie shouldn't be given a knighthood because of how people like these might react is ludicrous. I don't give a stuff what they think, and nor should any government.