I'm confused; not a rare event: one the one hand we have UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband telling a BBC programme: "The home secretary [Jacqui snout-in-trough Smith] made a decision on an individual case as she is required to do." speaking of the UK government's descision to refuse entry to Dutch Freedom Party MP (Geert Wilder) because a film he made re Islam [Fitna...see it HERE ...or in myriad other sites!] had "caused outrage across the Muslim world", well, we all know is as easy as falling of a log. Miliband said it was:
How then, and on the other hand, was the film shown in the House of Lords (as planned) and, according to the BBC correspondent in attendance Iain Watson,
"extreme anti-Muslim hate and we have very clear laws in this country".
Eh??!!! Anyway, the second bit of news I spoke of is that American writer Sherry Jones is here in Barcelona [Link - Spanish] ...under special police guard. Of course, the report says, 'with regard to the controversy that publication of her book unleashed she was very sure: "I have never felt directly threatened, but have heard opinions in favor and against,"'. OK. I think I am right in saying that the book, The Jewel of Medina, has yet to be published in the UK. Last August, you may recall, Random House cancelled the planned publication; they had received no threats apparently, just a little words of warning that publishing the book might cause offence to some "members of the community". You may also recall the publisher that took up the gauntlet, Gibson Square Books, was firebombed. This was followed by a postponement of the release of the book and the news soon faded due to the current economic troubles. It's odd because it seems many countries don't have a problem publishing, in fact at Islam Online they were happy to review it!
"about 30 people had been at the screening and had given a round of applause, while calling for a debate on the issues raised."
Who cares that they don't think much of the story; they have read and reviewed it with an open mind and no thought of violence or outrage. What is the problem when world famous publishers and other less important groups like the UK government (arf arf) take descisions so as not to upset a few fanatics...shouldn't they just arrest, or at least control, the fanatics?
"I also hope that readers will take it for what it is: an attempt by a Western writer with little knowledge of Arabic, Arabia, Islam, and Muslims using her own Western, 21st century values, ideals and emotions to portray an unrecognizable version of the well-known and well-documented story of `A’ishah."