[VIDEO] Salman Rushdie: ‘The Moment You Limit Free Speech It’s Not Free Speech’Posted: January 15, 2015
The University of Vermont in Burlington invited Salman Rushdie to speak on campus Wednesday night, giving The Satanic Verses author a chance to deliver his most comprehensive response yet to the terrorist attack that targeting French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Rushdie used the opportunity to defend free speech as an absolute right that cannot be diminished just because you happen to disagree with what someone is trying to say.
“The moment somebody says, ‘Yes I believe in free speech, but’ — I stop listening.”
Rushdie said Charlie Hebdo and its cartoonists were “beloved” in France for the willingness to make fun of anyone and everyone. “The thing that I really resent is the way in which these, our dead comrades… who died using the same implement that I use, which is a pen or pencil, have been almost immediately vilified and called racists and I don’t know what else,” he said.
Echoing comments he made last week on Real Time with Bill Maher. Rushdie said, “The moment somebody says, ‘Yes I believe in free speech, but’ — I stop listening….(read more)
- Salman Rushdie on Charlie Hebdo: freedom of speech can only be absolute (theguardian.com)
- Salman Rushdie Strongly Defends Free Speech, Blasts Charlie Hebdo Critics (freebeacon.com)
- Salman Rushdie defends Charlie Hebdo satirists (thetimes.co.uk)
- Author threatened over ‘Satanic Verses’ to speak in Vermont (wptz.com)
- Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech (bostonherald.com)