Most Utahns think "The Satanic Verses" should be sold in local bookstores, but most also say they wouldn't buy it, the latest Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates found that 58 percent think local bookstores should carry the book and not be intimidated by Moslems' objections to it.But Jones also found that 71 percent said it isn't likely they'd purchase the book.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani of Iran said Friday that the only way to quiet Moslem furor over the novel "The Satanic Verses" is to burn all copies of the book and ban it forever.
In the Malaysian city of Kota Bahru, an estimated 10,000 Moslems burned U.S. flags and pictures of the book's author, Salman Rushdie, during a protest against the novel.
In Montreal, about 100 artists and writers gathered to criticize the Canadian government for not reacting strongly enough to the threats against Rushdie.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, said Rafsanjani made his latest remarks about the book at the weekly mass prayer sermon at Tehran University.
"If it stays, it will remain forever a source of rebellion and it would be impossible that peace would come between real Moslems and the supporters of this book," the news agency quoted him as saying.
"The only solution that exists . . . is to issue a strict order to seize all copies in the world and burn it," Rafsanjani said.
He said that stopping production of the book would be a retreat from the West's claim that it was defending freedom of expression.
But, Rafsanjani said, "If those who ignited this flame do not find a suitable solution, no one knows where it will lead to."
The parliament speaker said the issue had become "the strangest and rarest crisis in history."
Moslems say Rushdie's book blasphemes Islam by insinuating Mohammed wrote the Koran himself rather than receiving it from God, and by portraying Mohammed's wives as prostitutes.
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a death sentence against the author last month and has used the issue to staunch the attempt lead by Rafsanjani to open Iran to more contacts with the West.
Fourteen Western nations summoned home their top diplomats from Tehran to protest Khomeini's execution order.
The author, a British citizen who was born into a Moslem family, has been in hiding since Feb. 14, when Iranian clerics offered a $5.2 million reward for Rushdie's death.
Most Middle Eastern nations have banned the book, as have Asian states with sizable Moslem populations.
The gathering in Malaysia was organized by the opposition Pan Malaysian Islamic Party. Police were on hand and there were no reported disturbances.
Nik Aziz Mat, head of the party's Council of Theologians, urged the group to put aside political differences and unite in their opposition to the book. He said he supported the death threats against Rushdie.
(POLL) Should local book stores sell Salman Rushdie's novel, "The Satanic Verses?"
Definitely should 39%> Probably should 19 %
Makes no difference 5 %
Probably should not 5 %
Definitely should not 9 %
Don't know 9 %
Haven't heard of the book 13 %
If you've heard of the book, how likely are you to buy it?
Very likely 12%
Somewhat likely 11%
Somewhat unlikely 12%
Very unlikely 59%
Don't know 6%
Sample size: 607; margin of error plus or minus 4%