When offending sensibilities is more important than death threats

A complaint has been lodged against four authors who read out excerpts from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses in protest to his being prevented from attending Jaipur Literature Festival due to death threats.

One of the authors, Hari Kunzru, says:

‘We wanted to demystify the book. It is, after all, just a book. Not a bomb. Not a knife or a gun. Just a book.’

Yes just a book but clearly Islamist ‘sensibilities’ are more important than death threats and murder.

In support of the authors and Rushdie, I publish the following from the Satanic Verses here. [Read more...]