The Durian Beat
By ROGER M. BALANZA
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published in 1988 and was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the so-called “satanic verses“, a group of alleged Qur’anic verses that allow intercessory prayers to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses.
The Satanic Verses sparked a major controversy when Muslims accused it of blasphemy and mocking their faith. The outrage among some Muslims resulted in a fatwā issued against him by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989. The fatwa is an order to kill Rushdie.
The Satanic Verses text was derided by Muslim religious authorities around the world, and sparked worldwide protest. The fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for Rushdie to be murdered. There were violent protests across the world, against Rushdies and his book.
For the next nine years Rushdie would live as a virtual prisoner, changing addresses constantly, fearing to make public appearances and protected around the clock by British security at an estimated cost of £10 million.
The fatwa was followed by deaths and protests everywhere and assassins hunting down Rushdie.
The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after 12 editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005. The newspaper announced that this publication was an attempt to contribute to the debate regarding criticism of Islam and self-censorship.
Danish Muslim organizations that objected to the depictions responded by holding public protests attempting to raise awareness of Jyllands-Posten‘s publication.
This led to Islamic protests across the Muslim world, some of which escalated into violence with instances of firing on crowds of protestors (resulting in a total of more than 100 reported deaths), including
A FATWA FOR PAMATONG?
The twin stories above should be a warning to Mr. Elly Velez Ely Pamatong about what happens to those who dabble wrongly with and anger Muslim religious sensibility.
Pamatong wants to create a separate state in Mindanao for Christians he said had been oppressed, murdered and mutilated for decades by Muslims.
He has stirred a hornet’s nest with his proposal—there are hornets who are comical who spew joke, not deadly, venom on crazy ideas—to create the Federal Republic of Mindanesia. He has filed libel charges because Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and us called his idea crazy.
He has submitted a proposed bill to the House of Representatives creating the
Christian state, with all of its openly anti-Muslim undertones, with a bullet specifically reserved for Malaysia, a Muslim state.
The title itself shows it: “Establishing an Autonomous Region for Christian Mindanao (ARCM) to Create a Balance of Autonomous Ethnic Power, Give Christians and Muslims Equal Power, and Save the Christians from Total Malaysian-Sponsored Annihilation.”
A whereas in his proposed bill speaks of Malaysian invasion of the Philippines, which could trigger a diplomatic row and anger Malaysian Muslims for being tagged as landgrabbers:
Whereas, as logical effect or collateral effect of ARMM—GRP is even willing to sign a MOA that would give the Moros of Mindanao full political independence…..in effect give one-half of Mindanao to the Malaysians.
Another whereas says Malaysia has been funding Mindanao Muslims to create trouble in Mindanao:
Whereas, in their (Malaysia) desire to keep
Philippine-owned State of Sabah…. (Malaysia) have been wickedly taking advantage of the Muslims of Mindanao by training and funding the Moro rebels of Mindanao and occupying the latter through its Moro proxies;
Another showed Mindanao Muslims in connivance with Malaysia as ruthless murderers killing millions of Christians:
Whereas, for the last forty years, the Malaysians….have been violently engaged in genocidal war through proxies in Mindanao, resulting in the deaths and mutilation of more or less a million Christian Mindanaoans.
Hereabouts, Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses has a local version: Pamatong’s Satanic Bill.
Pamatong’s bill does not only want to divide Mindanao. He wants the bill to be a document enshrined in Congress about Muslims as rampaging killers.
We hope copy of his proposed bill reaches the Malaysian government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Mindanao Supreme Council of Ulamas, the World Organizationof Ulamas, the Abu Sayyaf, Osama bin Laden of al-Qaeda, Andal Ampatuan Sr., and Andal Ampatuan, Jr., Tahir Polao of the Supreme Muslim Council for Peace and Development, Aleem Adilao of the Bishops-Ulama League of Southern Mindanao and even my friend Ahmad Mohammad of Sirawan who has no love for Christians who make a joke of the Muslims and their religion.
Fatwa is an order to kill.
Fatwa is what Pamatong deserves, like Salman Rushdie and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, for insulting Muslims.
Where would pamatong hide? Oh, my Allah, his Federal Republic of Mindanesia is still on paper!