Iranian Media Outlets Renew Fatwa Against Author Salman Rushdie for His Supposed “Blasphemy”

It’s been more than a quarter-century since author Salman Rushdie was the subject of a 1989 fatwa from Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini as a result of his book The Satanic Verses. It changed the trajectory of his life for several years as he did his best to hide from the Islamic extremists who wanted to murder him.


And now the fatwa is being renewed:

Forty state-run Iranian media outlets have jointly offered a new $600,000 bounty for the death of British Indian author Salman Rushdie, according to the state-run Fars News Agency.

Fars News Agency, which is closely affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was among the largest contributors, donating one billion Rials — nearly $30,000.

In other words, the Iranian media hopes to galvanize Muslim terrorists to kill an author whose worst crime was supposed “blasphemy” in a book I’m certain none of them have actually read.

Rushdie hasn’t said anything publicly in response to the new proclamation. Maybe that’s for the best. But this is as good a reminder as any that religious dogma can be used as justification for the most wicked of crimes.

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