Salman Rushdie says the world learned the ‘wrong lessons’ from his Iran fatwa ordeal

More than a quarter century after being slapped with a fatwa fromIran calling for his murder over his book “The Satanic Verses”, Salman Rushdie says the world has learned the “wrong lessons” about freedom of expression.

The British author, in an interview published Wednesday by the French news magazine L’Express, said his ordeal by religious fanatics determined to violently avenge what they construed as blasphemy should have served as a wake-up call to the world.

Instead, after the September 11, 2001 attack on America and the massacre in Paris in January this year of cartoonists and staff at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, and with the ongoing rampage of the brutal Islamic State group in the Middle East, Rushdie said some writers and other people were too cowed to talk freely about Islam.

  • Petrilla

    No shit.

  • Shebel

    Muslims cannot blaspheme their Prophet. Fair enough.
    I am not a Muslim.
    I can say anything that I want about your Prophet— Cause I am not Muslim.

    Your rules and precepts do not apply to me.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    But I thought drawing the “wrong” cartoons made us “racist”?

    • infedel

      No, you were born a racist; they forgot to stamp it on your birth certificate.

  • infedel

    F islam — is that islamic blasphemy — oh too bad we live int the 21st century West; here have a tissue.