Sunday, June 22, 2008
VS Naipaul, Winner of 2001 Nobel Prize For Literature Is Also Harshly Critical Of Islam
This morning, Always on Watch posted on Ian McEwan (the author of the novel Atonement, upon which the Academy Award winning movie was based) and his harsh criticisms of Islam.
The novelist VS Naipaul has caused an outcry by comparing the "calamitous effect" of Islam on the world with colonialism. Sir Vidia, born in Trinidad of Indian parentage, who travelled extensively in the Muslim world for his books Among the Believers and Beyond Belief, launched his attack after a reading of his new book, Half a Life, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Islam, he claimed, had both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures.
"It has had a calamitous effect on converted peoples. To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history. You have to stamp on it, you have to say 'my ancestral culture does not exist, it doesn't matter'."
Sir Vidia claimed what he called "this abolition of the self demanded by Muslims was worse than the similar colonial abolition of identity. It is much, much worse in fact... You cannot just say you came out of nothing."
He argued that Pakistan was the living proof of the damage Islam could wreak.
"The story of Pakistan is a terror story actually. It started with a poet who thought that Muslims were so highly evolved that they should have a special place in India for themselves. "This wish to sift countries of unnecessary and irrelevant populations is terrible and this is exactly what happened in Pakistan."
What is it with British authors? Salman Rushdie, VS Naipaul, Martin Amis, and now Ian McEwan all seem to have big huge brass balls, when it comes to speaking the truth about Islam.