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i must admit that I've never been tempted, but his Knighthood seems to have upset the Pakistan government, what the blazes it has to do with them I'll never know. The Muslim Council of Britain has joined in too, wouldn't it be nice if some organisation stood up for the views of the moderate majority of muslims in this country? Why is it that they let the extremists get in the first words?
Don't believe the carry on by Pakistanis or any others
Writers of other religious and non religious works
may upset other groups with their content but
threatening death is so extreme yet typical
when it comes to many intolerant religious nutters.
I don't have an attitude I have a personality you can't handle.
His great hit was with his second novel Midnight's Children (1981), which won the Booker Prize. Much of his fiction is set in India. The dominant theme of his work has become the long, rich and often fraught story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the East and the West.
Salman was raised a muslim but is reviled as an apostate in muslim countries especially Pakistan. He says:
It is high time, for starters, that Muslims were able to study the revelation of their religion as an event inside history, not supernaturally above it.
Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace."
In the Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999), which presents an alternative history of modern rock music. He co-wrote the title song with Bono.
Rushdie has mentored and assisted – though quietly – younger Indian (and ethnic-Indian) writers, influencing an entire generation of 'Indo-Anglian' writers.
He opposes the British government's introduction of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, something he writes about in his contribution to Free Expression Is No Offence, a collection of essays published by Penguin in November 2005. Rushdie is a self-described atheist. He is a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association.
Salman Rushdie reported that he still receives a "sort of Valentine's card" from Iran each year on February 14 letting him know the country has not forgotten the vow to kill him. Despite the threats on Rushdie, he has publicly said that his family has never been threatened and that his mother (who lived in Pakistan during the later years of her life) even received outpourings of support.
Rushdie stated that his three sisters would never wear the veil: "I think the battle against the veil has been a long and continuing battle against the limitation of women."
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) features a cameo by Rushdie as himself; the appearance is particularly memorable as both Hugh Grant's and Renée Zellweger's characters ask him for directions to the lavatory.
In an episode of Seinfeld, Kramer believes that he has seen Rushdie at a health club. When asked for his name, the man responds "Sal Bass," leading Kramer to believe that Rushdie has changed one fish for another. Jerry responds: "It's Salman not Salmon!"
Either everybody matters or nobody matters