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In defence of “blasphemy”. Bloody Inquisition stalks Salman Rushdie

Article paru dans Workers Hammer, No 106, April 1989, p. 1-3

Manifestation anti Rushdie in London, United Kingdom on May 27, 1989. (Photo by Marc DEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Salman Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses for the Asian population of Britain. It is a scathing indictment of that experience in Mrs Torture’s nasty, racist society. It does not alibi, either, the hideous oppression in those societies from which the Asian immigrants came – products of British colonial rule and the Zias, Gandhis and the rest who then took over. A work of secular humanism, The Satanic Verses is not only anti-racist but also anti-sexist, unsparing in its criticism of the barbaric treatment of women under orthodox Hinduism and fundamentalist Islam. Rushdie is irreligious in a profound way, and thus has earned denunciation from all the forces of bourgeois/clerical reaction – not only the imams, but the Archbishop of Canterbury, the pope, the French cardinal Decourtray have denounced this “blasphemy”. Meanwhile, the race-hating fascistic scum moved in on the backlash afforded by the Muslim fundamentalist book burners to step up attacks on Asians: National Front graffiti daubed on shops and homes now add an obscenely incongruous slogan for these race-hate terrorists: “Leave Rushdie in peace”.

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John Barrett: “The Tigers of Wrath”

Article de John Barrett paru dans Here and Now, no. 9, 1989, p. 3-5

Muslims marching along street, Peter’s street Derby, protesting against Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses, 15th March 1989. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

After a brave foray into leafleting a Leeds March, John Barrett examines he Muslim mobilisation against the “Satanic Verses” and the liberal Rationality enshrined in Western notions of ‘freedom’.