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Old 04-15-2010, 07:20 AM
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Okay, I've decided that my next project is going to be based on a highly educated soldier based in Afghanistan, who eventually comes back to the US and starts exposing to the people of the world, what he thinks is the truth behind Islam's connection with terrorism and why there is so much violence committed in the name of Allah.

To put it simply, he writes a book about Islam and the prophet Mohammed and how he used violence to spread his religion, and how the teachings of Mohammed inspired 9/11, and the tens of thousands of deaths and terrorist atrocities each year. He goes on live talk shows to reveal the lies of the politicians who have informed the world that Islam is a religion of peace, and he tries to prove that what the world is really facing, is a wicked, expansionary idelogy whose ultimate goal is to destroy all opposite philosophy around the world both politically and literally.

Now, let's keep the subject of Islam out of this thread please. I just want to know if you think a publisher would touch a story like this (if it was good of course), you know, with everyone being afraid to say anything about this religion and all the violence and everything. I'm certainly willing to put my neck on the line and write it (I'm super confident I can do a great job), but most publishers would be too afraid to take it on, wouldn't they?

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Old 04-15-2010, 07:50 AM
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There's only one way to find out. Good luck.
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I think if it has a point, and a story, you have a chance of publication. If it's just a diatribe, or an anti-Islamic manifesto, you'll be as welcome in publishing cirlcles as Gert Wilders would be in a mosque. Not because you're right, or wrong, but because pushing an agenda makes for poor storytelling.
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Perhaps if you really wanted to write a book like this you could make a fictional culture of the same thing. I'm not saying science fiction- just set it in the future, and call the existing religions something different. Have the characters do the same thing. I think it'd go over just fine in a fictional context, and that PLENTY of people would get at what you're getting at without you being about it, if that makes any sense. But otherwise-- what Mike C said.
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Hi Wonka,

I think this really depends on how you write the story. It's fiction, so if it's credible for the character to have such thoughts that could work, but there would still have to be a plot so to speak or it might appear to be proselytizing or bigotry. Not saying it is, mind you, just that, as for any contentious topic, it's easy for debate to descend into name calling. Unless you're islamic (and even if you are in some cases, such as Ali Hirshi) it can be difficult to raise criticism, however rational or polite.

Bear in mind also that it didn't work particularly well for Salmon Rushdie or Theo van Gough. If handled insensitively you could expect a fatwa. The free speech thread is all well and good, but few people are able to criticize Mohammed without some consequences (either from their own countrymen putting a label of intolerance on them or from fundamentalists). Publishers may be cautious in some regards, but others recognise that controversy sells. It really depends on the story and how you handle it.

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