Rushdie On The Run

Salman Rushdie is on the run again after a new threat by a Muslim group.

Indian-born British novelist Salman Rushdie, holidaying in India, has checked out of his Bombay hotel room, a hotel official said today after hardline Muslims threatened to “blacken” the author’s face.

Sounds ominous, but the threat is about as scary as a fraternity initiation ceremony.

His departure came after a local Muslim group offered a 100,000-rupee ($2710) award to anyone who would “blacken his face”. Blackening a person’s face with shoe polish or soot is considered a grave insult in India.

But I guess it is understandable that Rushdie would be somewhat frightened. Having a fatwa issued against you is liable to do that to a person.

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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