Iran goes bananas over Rushdie "honour"

Iran is none too pleased with the news that author Salman Rushdie was given a knighthood by Elizabeth Windsor in her "birthday honours".

Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Britain's ambassador to Tehran today to protest, calling it a provocative act.

Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses" prompted the late Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa death warrant against him in 1989.

"This insulting, suspicious and improper act by the British government is an obvious example of fighting against Islam,"

Ebrahim Rahimpour, Foreign Ministry director for Western Europe, told British Ambassador Geoffrey Adams.

I have never read the Satanic versus but as a believer in free speech it wouldn't bother me too much.

I would be more surprised that any person of integrity would lower themselves to accept any class of blood soaked honour from some dim descendant of the house of Saxe-Coburg in the name of the "British Empire".

Great people like W.B. Yeats, Ken Loach and C.S. Lewis refused to taint themselves with such honours and I believe are better because of it.

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