The publisher of a forthcoming book that features a graphic depiction of sexual encounters between Muhammed and his child bride had his house firebombed yesterday by a gang of Muslim extremists:
Random House yanked it on the advice of some "Islamic scholars" with one such learned Islamophile saying it was "a declaration of war" against Islam. She also referred to the book as "soft core pornography."
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.
Security officials believe Rynja was targeted for assassination because his firm, Gibson Square, is preparing to publish a romantic novel about Aisha, child bride of the Prophet Muhammad. The Jewel of Medina, by the first-time American author Sherry Jones, describes an imaginary sex scene between the prophet and his 14-year-old wife.
It was withdrawn from publication in America last month after its publisher there, Random House, said it feared a violent reaction by "a small radical segment" of Muslims. It said "credible and unrelated sources" had warned that the book could incite violence.
The fact that there is much worse published every week didn't seem to enter into Random House's calculations. Those protesting porno masquarading as "literature" don't seem to get quite the attention that people who threaten to cut off the publisher's head seem to get.
The thugs who tried to firebomb Rynja's house will no doubt get a stern talking to by authorities. Maybe they'll even be tried in the new Islamic courts in Great Britain. Wouldn't that be a show.