Wednesday, August 06, 2008

USA: You can't write about Mohammed here, folks!

This is just pathetic. Random House publishing are a bunch of pantywaist sissies like their little Muslim friends. The book was about the Pedophile Prophet's 9 year old wife, Aisha, a historical romance entitled "The Jewel of Medina" by Sherry Jones. The contract for it's publication has been terminated. And it wasn't due to interference by Muslim groups - no, - well, not at first anyways. It was an American academic who got the ball rolling.

You still can't write about Mohammed.

In April, looking for endorsements, Random House sent galleys to writers and scholars, including Denise Spellberg, an associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Jones put her on the list because she read Ms. Spellberg's book, "Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha Bint Abi Bakr."

But Ms. Spellberg wasn't a fan of Ms. Jones's book. On April 30, Shahed Amanullah, a guest lecturer in Ms. Spellberg's classes and the editor of a popular Muslim Web site, got a frantic call from her. "She was upset," Mr. Amanullah recalls. He says Ms. Spellberg told him the novel "made fun of Muslims and their history," and asked him to warn Muslims.

The Mohammedan internet intifada took it from there.

The next day, a blogger known as Shahid Pradhan posted Mr. Amanullah's email on a Web site for Shiite Muslims -- "Hussaini Youth" -- under a headline, "upcoming book, 'Jewel of Medina': A new attempt to slander the Prophet of Islam." Two hours and 28 minutes after that, another person by the name of Ali Hemani proposed a seven-point strategy to ensure "the writer withdraws this book from the stores and apologise all the muslims across the world."

Random House took the following actions:

After consulting security experts and Islam scholars, Mr. Perry said the company decided "to postpone publication for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel."

Dhimmification, anyone?