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]

1 comment:

Ernest Disney-Britton said...

Is it religion that kills people? Is it government that oppresses people? The threat to "our freedoms" are neither religions or goverments. The "real threat" to our freedoms are radicalized people. Fear the radical whether they are religious or secular.