Saturday, February 14, 2009

And Speaking of Religious Intolerance ...

… It was twenty years ago today / When Salman Rushdie taught the banned to pray …

But seriously …

From On The Media:

Twenty years ago this week, the Ayatollah Khomeini called for the death of author Salman Rushdie for insulting Islam in his book The Satanic Verses. Rushdie's lawyer Geoffrey Robertson gave Rushdie a place to hide out in those days and defended Rushdie against the crime of blasphemy. Robertson reflects back on that time.

Apologies as always for the interminable (40-second) NPR promo at the beginning.

[UPDATE] Sorry. The embedded audio plays the wrong clip, so I've removed it for the time being. Try following the link below (in error there, too, at the moment), or check back here, later. Or just go listen to the whole show.

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Glad you're still with us, Mr. Rushdie.

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