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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Hay, there – thanks!

The writer Salman Rushdie (pictured) has been praising those who refused to be cowed by the fatwa imposed by the Muslim nutcase Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini 20 years ago.

Rushdie has been speaking at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales, as one of the keynote speakers (and, of course, promoting his latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence).

Rushdie – Sir Salman, after he was knighted last year in a move that (surprise, surprise) brought protests from wailing Muslims – praised the many "acts of courage" by those who continued to promote and sell his book, The Satanic Verses, after the death fatwa had been imposed because the novel made references to some illiterate beardy guy who had mad delusions a few thousand years ago and invented a death-cult religion, and the Muslims didn't like it.

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