Salman Rushdie faces another Iranian death decree

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Author Salman Rushdie reacts during a news conference before the presentation of his latest book 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' at the Niemeyer Center in Aviles, northern Spain, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso - RTS3GND

Author Salman Rushdie reacts during a news conference before the presentation of his latest book 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' at the Niemeyer Center in Aviles, northern Spain, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso - RTS3GND

Revelations-Series-Banner-770x150(RNS) World-acclaimed British novelist Salman Rushdie is under an Islamic death threat — again.

On the anniversary of the first fatwa (religious injunction) to assassinate the author of “The Satanic Verses” in 1989, a new fatwa has been issued, with a bounty of $600,000 for killing Rushdie. The Independent newspaper of London attributes the threat by 40 state-run Iranian media outlets to the state-run Fars News Agency.

That bounty would be in addition to the $3 million pledged in February 1989 by the Ayatollah Khomeini. After he condemned the author, along with anyone associated with the book’s publication, as blasphemous, one translator was murdered, another translator was stabbed and the novel’s Norwegian publisher was shot three times, according to The Independent.

Rushdie spent years in hiding but emerged to continue writing prize-winning novels. In 2006, Rushdie told Bill Moyers that to bend a knee to God or man is “reprehensible” and that he is a “hard-line atheist,” uninterested in any limits on what “we can understand and say and therefore be.”

He wrote the memoirlike novel, published in 2012, about an author condemned to death by a fatwa. The New York Times, in its review of “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” said it showed how that original death decree “would come to be seen by some as an early signal of a clash of absolutes that would lead up to 9/11 and into our tinderbox present — of the continuing struggle between religious belief in the immutable word of God on one hand and secular faith in the unconditional right of free speech on the other.”

In October, Rushdie will deliver the first Eudora Welty Lecture, named for the late Southern novelist, according to The Washington Post,. The prize lecture, which rewards Rushdie with a $20,000 honorarium, is scheduled for the Washington National Cathedral.

Author Salman Rushdie gestures during a news conference before the presentation of his latest book 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' at the Niemeyer Center in Aviles, northern Spain, on October 7, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Author Salman Rushdie gestures during a news conference before the presentation of his latest book “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” at the Niemeyer Center in Aviles, northern Spain, on October 7, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

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  • IranFail

    Iran’s mullahs have many of fears. They are afraid of the Internet. They are afraid of social media. They are afraid of political dissent. They are afraid of Christians. They are afraid of women. They’re pretty much afraid of anything that encourages free thinking or anything that threatens their power. Another, more moderate brand of Islam, separate from their radicalized version, is just another fear they have. When you live and run a society based on a structure that seeks to control utterly what people think and how they behave, the most dangerous thing to that control is an independent thought. The fact that there could be another way to worship your God has been at heart of some of the bloodiest conflicts throughout human history. Iran is not immune to this and like other conflicts will eventually find itself on the short end of history as freedom and democracy will triumph.

  • Arif

    Rushdi should write another book, Satanic verses II, after all what worse can happen? the mans life has been miserable since Satanic Verses I came out. This is the best way he can stick it to the mullah’s.

  • The fatwa is perfect and is given by someone who knows every sense of religion and humanity. insulting any religion is not humanity and is a big crime. people do wrong things but he did the worst….