Salman Rushdie endured the wrath of blasphemy when Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa for his death, following the release of his novel "The Satanic Verses" in 1989. Rushdie remains unharmed today, though 38 others have been killed in violence against those connected with the book, including his Norwegian publisher. Support ISSA and free speech by participating in International Blasphemy Rights Day tomorrow on the Quad!
“The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.”
- Salman Rushdie