Lest the Christian terrorists have all the fun, via PZ, I see that Salman Rushdie has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth, prompting a Pakistani government official to say the award of a knighthood justifies suicide attacks.
“This is an occasion for the 1.5 billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision,” Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, religious affairs minister, told the Pakistani parliament in Islamabad. “The west is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the British government apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”
Um, okay. Let me explain this carefully: Part of the reason that “the west” might accuse some Muslims of extremism and terrorism is because some Muslims say things like it’s acceptable to launch a suicide bomb attack because you disagree with a government’s decision to honor someone you don’t like.
And that doesn’t mean I don’t think Muslims have a right to disagree with Britain’s decision; of course they do. But disagreement, and even profound offense, does not warrant terrorism. Seriously—if a feminist strapped a bomb to herself and blew something up at every incidence of virulent misogyny, the earth’s entire crust would just be a series of smoking, black craters by now. And, unlike being a Muslim, being a woman is not a choice. So maybe a little settling the fuck down could be in order.