Salman Rushdie: Satanic Verses “would not be published today”

Sir Salman Rushdie has said he does not think his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses would be published today because of a climate of “fear and nervousness”.

The writer said the banning of his book in many countries and the subsequent threats on his life had created a “long-term chilling effect”.

“A book which was critical of Islam would be difficult to be published now,” he told the BBC’s Will Gompertz.

He said the only way to solve the issue was for publishers to “be braver”.

“The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff,” he said.

Many Muslims regard The Satanic Verses as blasphemous, and the book is still banned in India.

The 65-year-old writer lived in hiding for many years after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his execution.

Sir Salman said writers were still being attacked for their works in the same way, in Muslim countries including Turkey, Egypt, Algeria and Iran.

“If you look at the way in which free expression is being attacked by religious extremism, the things of which these people are accused is always the same – it’s blasphemy, heresy, insult, offence – it’s this medieval vocabulary.

“We’re in a difficult place because there’s a lot of fear and nervousness around.”

He pointed out that, as recently as last week, Channel 4 had cancelled a screening of its documentary, Islam: The Untold Story, following security threats.

“The fact a documentary about Islam can be pulled because someone is worried about the consequences is an indication of that,” he said.

However, the author said he noted that, on the 20th anniversary of the fatwa, many who had arranged protests against him told newspapers they thought their actions had been a mistake.

“Some of them seemed to accept the free speech argument and understood if they had the right to say what they felt, it was wrong to prevent people who felt differently from having their say,” he said.

“If that’s right, then maybe we can emerge from a climate of fear.”


hes is right..we should be able to defame if we want to..but in this sort of world now with the political correctness we are subjected to it wouldnt happen..i have even heard of a push to have a worldwide law against insulting islam or the prophet..i guess the jews sort of have that already with antisemitism laws..

Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee


~ by seeker401 on September 19, 2012.

5 Responses to “Salman Rushdie: Satanic Verses “would not be published today””

  1. hardly anyone would know who this idiot is if it hadn’t been for the fatwah calling for his death… he should thanks his lucky stars every day!

    let’s look at the TRUTH people. you can make a movie critical of ANY religion, except for ONE – and it isn’t islam.

  2. […] or even if we were perceived as having them. Instead, we and much of the “free world” bow to Islam, out of fear for ourselves. Doing so impairs the growth of freedom and democracy in those lands and also […]

    • you have zero moral authority to open your ugly fucking mouth and say anything, asshole.

      british and american filth want to talk about the burning of widows, which was a practice of an extreme minority, but did you happen to notice that murder is the number three cause of death of pregnant women in west? that the US executes mantally retarded minors? that the majority of nine year old girls in the US feel the need to be on a diet?

      • thats not actually a comment by tea party tribune..its called a pingback..when someone has copied the post to somewhere else

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