Copenhagen Caves In: Danes Cancel 'Satanic Verses' Play To Please Muslims

From Sputnik News:
After six months of deliberations, the Royal Theater in Copenhagen has decided against a play based on the Indian-British author Salman Rushdie's controversial novel "The Satanic Verses". For many, this reflects how Denmark is pandering to its growing Muslim population, and it is a painful reminder of Rushdie's troubled relationship with Denmark.

Playwright Hassan Preisler, who is behind the idea of turning Rushdie's 1988 novel into a play, believes that the national theatre is simply afraid to stage the performance because of its anti-Islamic sentiment and the possible storm it may stir.
Morten Kirkskov, head of the theater's dramatic department, who as late as January this year got in touch with Rushdie's literary agent about copyright issues, said that fear had nothing to do with the decision.

Even theater director Morten Hesseldahl guaranteed that the decision was not dictated by the still-boiling controversy surrounding "The Satanic Verses."

Incidentally, this is not the first incident to have soured Rushdie's relationship with Denmark. In late 1996, the Indian-born author was due to visit Copenhagen but then-prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen canceled the visit due to security reasons. Rasmussen's decision was derided by Rushdie and others as far-fetched and made-up in order to secure a lucrative Danish cheese export deal to Iran, where a death warrant has been issued for the novelist. Rasmussen's revocation was challenged by British intelligence, which stated that Rushdie did not pose a threat.

This was regarded as a massive political blunder by Rasmussen, who later publicly apologized to Rushdie and re-invited the author back to Copenhagen. Rushdie triumphantly returned a few months later, humiliating Rasmussen by appearing in public drinking beer and clearly unconcerned about any security risk. [...]

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