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Be Mine

By Jeremy Walton   On February 14th, 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sent what surely must have been one of the blackest Valentine’s greetings of all time to novelist Salman Rushdie.  Invoking somewhat dubious legal and theological authority—as a Twelver Shi’a, Khomeini could hardly claim to speak for all of the world’s Muslims—he called for Rushdie’s death on...

It’s Not Unusual to Be Offended by Anyone…

Death-threat recipient and author, Salman Rushdie, comes out strongly against Tony Blair’s proposed ban on inciting religious hatred, and not just for the reasons one might think. For one, Rushdie begins, because it will make England more like the American senator he met who despised Osama bin Laden first and foremost for referring to Americans as...