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March 1, 2006

Rushdie on the Cartoons

satanic_verses_aflame.jpgFrom a statement signed by Salman Rushdie, Bernard-Henri Levy and others on the Danish cartoons (brought to my attention by Ben Vershbow):

"We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all."

Not so much a call for toleration (as we've been hearing) but a call for "resistance" and secularism.

And more:

"We reject « cultural relativism », which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions."

Is something stirring?

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at March 1, 2006 10:54 PM


These men and women must be admired for their courage and their unequivocal refusal to accept the fear that tip toes upon the thinnest of moral and ethical ice: appeasement and it's brother, moral relativism.

Posted by: Marc Adin at March 22, 2006 1:25 AM

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