Well, this is just charming… the UK publisher of the controversial-before-it’s-published book, Jewel of Medina has had his house firebombed in London, according to the UK’s Sunday Times. The book has been batted about lately, with its original American publisher withdrawing from its contract. This left the writer scrambling around to find new publishers. Now, the British publisher is coming under physical threat for having agreed to print the book.
What’s most amazing—and most dismaying—is that the arsonists haven’t read the book. Instead, they’re working from some fantasized image of what might be in the book—but which the writer denies vehemently is not. While Islam may be a tolerant religion at it roots, there are too many Muslims happy to show their own intolerance through word and deed.
SCOTLAND YARD’S counter-terrorist command yesterday foiled an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to kill the publisher of a forthcoming novel featuring sexual encounters between the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride.
Early yesterday armed undercover officers arrested three men after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the north London home of the book’s publisher.
The Metropolitan police said the target of the assassination plot, the Dutch publisher Martin Rynja, had not been injured.
The suspected terror gang was being followed by undercover police and the fire was quickly put out after the fire brigade smashed down the front door.