Monday, September 17

Update on Sweden's Salman Rushdie

Lars Vilks is now in hiding following the threats on his life. Thankfully, two European Muslim organisations, European Council for Fatwa and Research and the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe have condemned the bounty.

Curiously, the ECFR is headed by an Egyptian Yusuf al-Qaradawi, based in Qatar, usually broadcasting on Al Jazeera which is a Qatari owned channel. I am not so sure what's so European about it. Far too many people on this council are not from Europe.

Secondly, the Federation (which seems to be the daddy of the Council) seems to be all but defunct. Its website does not seem to have been updated for more than an year.

Also, I am not sure how much OBL and Al Qaeda will listen to them!, I have never come across any statement from Al Qaeda or OBL or his gang of terrorists that they do care about what other Muslim organisations say or do, but as I said before, very Pavlovian.

All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!

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