Thursday, September 22, 2005

Rushdie To Muslims
"Speak Up Now"

Salman Rushdie calls on Muslims not to allow their religion to be hijacked by extremists:

LONDON: Novelist Salman Rushdie has urged the "silent majority" of Muslims to speak up to prevent their culture being hijacked by extremists.

"If it goes on being silent, then its culture and religion will be hijacked by the extremists and it will be very difficult to go on saying 'that's not us.' ... You've got to speak up,"' Rushdie said in an interview with the BBC World Service.

Rushdie said he believed the majority would speak out.

"Maybe it takes something as horrifying as the bombings in London to make people break ranks," Rushdie said, referring to the July 7 attacks in which four suicide bombers killed 52 subway and bus passengers in London.

"But I think there's a lot of evidence that there's a great deal of soul-searching and rethinking going on," he said.

I hope he's right. Thus far, all I see changing after the London bombings is a lot more Westerners are angry. Muslims don't seem to have changed their attitude a whole lot that I can see.