Mohammad’s Sex Life: When Elites Self-Censor It’s Prudence Not Cowardice

Random House killed the publication of a book about Mohammad’s wives:

Random House feared the book would become a new “Satanic Verses,” the Salman Rushdie novel of 1988 that led to death threats, riots and the murder of the book’s Japanese translator, among other horrors. In an interview about Ms. Jones’s novel, Thomas Perry, deputy publisher at Random House Publishing Group, said that it “disturbs us that we feel we cannot publish it right now.” He said that after sending out advance copies of the novel, the company received “from credible and unrelated sources, cautionary advice not only that the publication of this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment.”

After consulting security experts and Islam scholars, Mr. Perry said the company decided “to postpone publication for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel.”

You’ve got to be kidding me. Why would anyone fear the practitioners of the religion of peace? It doesn’t make sense..

Matt Sheffield of Newsbusters says:

In an interview, Ms. Spellberg told me the novel is a “very ugly, stupid piece of work.” The novel, for example, includes a scene on the night when Muhammad consummated his marriage with Aisha: “the pain of consummation soon melted away. Muhammad was so gentle. I hardly felt the scorpion’s sting. To be in his arms, skin to skin, was the bliss I had longed for all my life.” Says Ms. Spellberg: “I walked through a metal detector to see ‘Last Temptation of Christ,'” the controversial 1980s film adaptation of a novel that depicted a relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. “I don’t have a problem with historical fiction. I do have a problem with the deliberate misinterpretation of history. You can’t play with a sacred history and turn it into soft core pornography.”

Of course, that’s exactly what has been done to Christianity a number of times in books, film, and song. Ah but Christians aren’t known for going around making bomb threats–at least outside the mind of Rosie O’Donnell. Put this down as yet another incident that gives lie to the ridiculous liberal phrase about how courageous they are about “speaking truth to power.

And liberals bristle at being branded a bunch of weenies. They just need to embrace their cowardice and stop trying to pretend otherwise.

Cross-posted at MelissaClouthier.com

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