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The Attack on Salman Rushdie Is an Attack on Us All   Discussions

Started 13-Aug by Apollonius (Theocritos); 320 views.

... Our new blasphemy laws were inked in liberal cowardice. And the Rushdie affair revealed the scale of that cowardice. Too many in public life failed to defend him in 1989. They ummed and ahhed and caveated their condemnation of Khomeini with condemnation of Rushdie. Former US president Jimmy Carter called The Satanic Verses an ‘insult’ to Muslims, less than a month after the fatwa was issued. When Rushdie was given a knighthood in 2007, there was uproar. The late ‘Liberal Democrat’ peer Shirley Williams said it was ‘not wise and not very clever’ to give a man who had ‘deeply offended Muslims’ such an honour.

This censoriousness is not just some foreign import, of course. The Rushdie affair exposed the West’s homegrown culture of censorship and its drift away from liberal values, towards an ideology of multiculturalism that patronises the very groups it claims to protect, treating Muslims as though they are fundamentally unlike us, incapable of being tolerant, free citizens. Across the West, the conviction that words wound and that heretics must be dispensed with has fostered a climate that is almost absurdly censorious. People often say The Satanic Verses wouldn’t be published today. Which is almost certainly true. But if we’re being honest Harry Potter probably wouldn’t be published today, either – not for its occultist content but for the unspeakable views of the series’ gender-critical author.

The Islamist vengence that Rushdie has suffered shows us where you end up when you abandon free speech. When giving offence becomes a moral crime. When you say that speech is violence. You end up with violence and unreason and terror. So to all those who have looked at their shoelaces as this poison has built up, it is time to pick a side. Those who believe in freedom and humanity need to speak up for Salman Rushdie – and all the other heretics. And do not even think of saying ‘but…’. The attack on Rushdie is an attack on us all. Let’s make freedom of speech, the cause of his life, the cause of our time.

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School authorities suddenly decided to prevent students from attending two lectures, one of which featured Nadia Murad. The problem? In 2014, the then-20-year-old Iraqi Yazidi woman was kidnapped into slavery by the terrorist group Islamic State, where over three months she was repeatedly beaten, burnt and raped. Murad escaped and made it to safety in Germany, where she wrote her autobiography and began campaigning against human trafficking and the use of sexual violence as a tool of war. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State was published in 2018, and that year Murad shared in the Nobel Peace Prize.

Murad’s incredible journey appears to have become irrelevant in the Ontario education system because the priority in the province’s schools now is to fight “Islamophobia.” It seems the school bureaucracy is working hard to track down anything that might deviate from this new doxa. Thus these bureaucrats of tolerance took aim at the book club, as it appeared that Murad’s testimony could have given students “bad” thoughts: they might question Islamist terrorism, which in turn might promote Islamophobia. When the story broke, school board officials denied any censorship was involved and pleaded it was simply a “misunderstanding.”

The bitter fruit: In the name of fighting Islamophobia, the Toronto District School Board suppressed sharing the story of Iraqi Nadia Murad, who was enslaved and raped by the Islamic State, escaped and wrote The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, later sharing in a Nobel Prize.

This, unfortunately, is where Canadian multiculturalism has led us. In the name of openness and tolerance, we tolerate hateful messages and open our schools to those who associate with them. At the same time, anyone who contradicts our national diversity dogma is shunned or expelled, even a heroic and internationally-renowned activist who defied the Islamic State, works to end the trafficking of women and has shared a Nobel Prize.

Critical inquiry lies at the heart of the search for truth and is part of the foundation of Canada’s democracy. Placing one religion beyond criticism is not a sign of tolerance or diversity. It is a sign of delusion.

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... In his 2012 memoir — Joseph Anton — Rushdie wrote about the fatwa years. The book is a detailed chronicle of all the people who let him down: the Members of Parliament who promised support and then whipped up mobs; the political figures of left and right who said that while the Ayatollah may have caused an offense so had the novelist; the authorities who allowed Muslims in Bradford and others on television to call for a British subject’s murder with impunity.

But it is also a chronicle of the people who supported him, the friends who stood by him and the public figures who stood up for him. One of them was the writer Susan Sontag, who helped organize a public reading of Rushdie’s work in New York. As Sontag said, the moment called for some basic “civic courage.” It is striking how much of that civic courage has evaporated in recent years. Today no one would be able to write — much less get published — a novel like The Satanic Verses. Perhaps nobody has tried. From novels to cartoons a de facto Islamic blasphemy law settled across the West in the wake of the Rushdie affair. The attack today will doubtless exacerbate that.

So apart from willing, wishing or praying for Rushdie’s recovery, the only other thing that can be done now is to display that civic courage that Sontag called for three decades ago. The Satanic Verses is a complex but brilliant novel. It includes an hilarious and devastating reimagining of the origins of the Qur’an. I hope that people will read it, and read from it, more than ever. Because what happened in New York today cannot be allowed to win. The illiterate cannot be allowed to dictate the rules of literature. The enemies of free expression cannot be allowed to quash it. The attacker should get exactly the opposite of the response he will have hoped for. Not just hopefully a failure to silence Rushdie, but a failure to limit what the rest of us are allowed to think, read, hear and say.

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From: Guard101


Let us all hope that he survives to tell the tale in another book! v


From: drl0lip0p


Salman Rushdie is a target by Islamists for decades it's amazing he survived  this time around, and for sure another book in the making!  v


From: Bolomco


The WOKE movement and the Islamist sympathizer are so alike! 


ISLAMOPHOBIA is verboten?  sweat_smile

Islamophobia in Europe:

Why won't Poland take in any Muslims?

- UpFront Nov 8, 2019 Al Jazeera English

In this episode of UpFront, we ask Polish politician Dominik Tarczynski about his government's immigration policy and anti-Muslim rhetoric.


From: Dot_hoe


Outright cool that he didn't die!!

I do hope more people speak up, as Salman Rushdie did!