Article Title

Khomeini exposes absurdity

Authors

Newspaper

Statesman Journal (Salem)

Date

2-18-1989

Challenged Material

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Reading Level

adult

Location

Oregon

Participants

Salman Rushdie, Ayatollah Khomeini

Photo Description

Two profile pictures, left: Salman Rushdie, right: Ayatollah Khomeini

Photo Caption

Salman Rushdie Ayatollah Khomeini

Abstract

In this reaction opinion piece, the author gives a short history on the issued death order for the author of “The Satanic Verses”. The author then says that the order to kill the author for insults to Mohammed is so peculiar that no one would have believed it if news of death squads were not headed to Great Britain. In seeing the irrationality of this death order, the author says that in the same light is the absurdity of our own attempts to censor our own ideas. The author then gives various current examples of a Supreme Court judge, Robert Bork, being nominated even though he wrote things that went against some people’s views. The author says that while we may wish that if we try and rewrite history and literature to today’s standards then where will we stop? The article ends with him saying that Khomeini is crazy enough to help us judge ourselves.

Keywords

opinion piece, censorship

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