Friday, January 9, 2015

Salman Rushdie: Religion Deserves ‘Our Fearless Disrespect’

By Andrew Kirell
“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms,” Rushdie said in a statement. Reacting to Wednesday morning’s terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, author Salman Rushdie issued a powerful statement condemning religious violence and calling upon the world to defend “the art of satire.” He did not mince words with his conclusion: “‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.” [link]