Salman Rushdie, the British Indian writer, has lived with a fatwa on his head for the last 23 or so years. In 1989 Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini placed a death fatwa on Rushdie for writing the so-called 'blasphemous' novel "The Satanic Verses". And that fatwa is still going strong. Rushdie had to cancel an appearance at a literary festival in India early this year because of death threats, and now the bounty on his head has increased some $500,000 for a whopping $3.3 million total, thanks to the Iranians.
Cleric Hassan Sane'i, and his Khordad Foundation, seems to think that had Rushdie been killed, no-one would have dared make the anti-Islam film "The Innocence of Muslims", and so it is imperative to snuff him out, and there's no better time than now. Otherwise, “the movie offending the prophet will not be the last contemptuous attempt."
Sanctioned murder in the name of religion. How charming. Oh yes, definitely a religion of peace.