2008_08_rushdie.jpgSalman Rushdie, author of the controversial Satanic Verses, said that he was disappointed in his publisher Random House for pulling an upcoming novel about the Prophet Mohammed. “This is censorship by fear and it sets a very bad precedent indeed," said Rushdie. The Jewel of Medina is the debut novel from Spokane, Washington's Sherry Jones. It's a first-person narrative of Aisha, one of Mohammed's wives, and includes a mild account of the first time the two have sex. Random House pulled the book when an early release of the novel began to elicit fears that their could be a similar violent response as the ones after the publication of Danish cartoons of Muhammad in 2005.