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Rushdie defends Muslims' right to build NYC mosque

  1. pisean282311 profile image53
    pisean282311posted 7 years ago

    ''The Satanic Verses'' author Salman Rushdie is not a great fan of organized worship but believes an Islamic center and mosque should be permitted two blocks from ground zero.

    Rushdie's satirical novel led in the 1980s to worldwide riots by Muslims and calls for his death. He tells The Associated Press in an interview Monday that he understands the ''sensitivities'' of building the site close to where thousands were killed during on Sept. 11, 2001.

    But he says US Constitution's rights to freedom of speech and religion should be honored. He adds that he is ''not personally'' a lover of mosques or any place of worship.

    But he says that if people ''want a mosque, it seems absolutely right they should have it.'

    Rushdie's satirical novel led in the 1980s to worldwide riots by Muslims and calls for his death. He said in an interview Monday that he understands the “sensitivities” of building the site close to where thousands were killed during on Sept. 11, 2001. But he says First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion should be honored.

  2. A la carte profile image60
    A la carteposted 7 years ago

    Am surprised at his comments. If I were him I would continue to keep my head down.

  3. alternate poet profile image63
    alternate poetposted 7 years ago

    This about hte only useful thing Rushdie has done, his childish book was all about self promotion - which was aided by the protection he got free at the tax payers expense.

  4. Lisa HW profile image83
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    I don't even get what anybody would interview him.  Oh well, I suppose some people may be interested in what he has to say.  Most, I'm guessing, don't care any more than they care what Lindsay Lohan has to say about it.

    1. A la carte profile image60
      A la carteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol..lindsay am sure would offer valuable insights between snorts.

  5. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    http://www.edkrebs.com/herb/petoons27/behead2.jpg

 
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