I’m Charlie, I’m Rushdie

They are willing to kill for drawings. You’re willing to kill for a book.

The Islamist terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo aimed at artists who earned their living with their pencil. The Islamist assassination attempt on Salman Rushdie was aimed at an artist who earns his living with his pen.

It’s crazy how the mad of Allah hate the arts, the artists, the freedom to think, to create.

WHAT CONTROVERSY?

In 1989 Rushdie, the author of satanic versesbecame the target of a “fatwa,” a religious decree ordering believers to assassinate him.

Rushdie had lived like an outcast for 33 years, more or less under police protection, never as a truly free man.

That’s why I was particularly shocked on Friday when I read in various publications that Rushdie was “controversial” and his book was “controversial”.

Controversial for whom? For paranoid weirdos thirsting for revenge? Why adopt this label? Rushdie is only controversial to those who see his fiction as a provocation. By using that term about him, we downplay the attacks on him.

You know what crack, the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdoshe wrote after the attack on Salman Rushdie? It is so brilliant that it is worth quoting at length.

“We heard the same evening commentators declaring that the fatwa against Salman Rushdie was even more repugnant than what he had written in his book. The Satanic Verses, was absolutely not disrespectful to Islam. Justification of a very great perversity, because, conversely, it leads to the fact that disrespectful statements towards Islam would justify a fatwa and even a fatal punishment.

Well, no, we will have to repeat again and again that nothing, absolutely nothing, justifies a fatwa, a death sentence, against anyone for anything. »

Do you know what French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter in the hours after the attack? “For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism. Hatred and barbarism have just hit him cowardly. His struggle is ours, universal. Today, more than ever, we stand by his side. »

While Justin Trudeau responded with only a soft text on Saturday: “The cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie is an affront to the freedom of expression on which our world is founded. Nobody should be threatened or hurt because of what he wrote. I wish him a speedy recovery. A little more and he sent her a fruit basket with a little greeting card.

WHERE IS COURAGE, WHERE IS IT?

In 1989, after the fatwa against Rushdie, Isabelle Adjani had the audacity and courage to quote the author of the satanic verses in the middle of the Cesar ceremony. In 2014, she explained to the media that such a “symbolic provocation” would no longer have been possible because times were too cool… Who among our artists would give their clear support for a “sulphurous” author in 2022?

Since 2015, the fools of Allah have been killing cartoonists, slaughtering teachers and attempting to kill a fictional author. When do the do-gooders start worrying? The day when one of them will be affected?

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