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Rushdie Attack Serves As Warning About Censorship, Violence in US

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Rushdie Attack Serves As Warning About Censorship, Violence in US

FoxNews.com August 18, 2022
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Extremes on left and right tolerate censorship, violence as part of ominous shift in attitudes

Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old American of Lebanese origin, wasn’t born yet when Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued his infamous fatwa calling for Salman Rushdie’s murder for "insulting Islam" 33 years ago. While the motive behind Matar’s heinous attack on the celebrated author remains unclear, his assault reflects two dangerous trends across the political spectrum in America — the growing hostility to free speech and the legitimation of violence as an acceptable form of political protest.  

It should come as no surprise that Iran, which applauded the attack on Rushdie but denied responsibility for it, condemns what it considers blasphemous speech and endorses violence against those accused of perpetrating it. Last week, wrote Matthew Levitt, a former counter-terrorism official now an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Justice Department charged an Iranian national based in Tehran with plotting to kill former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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Judith Miller is a contributing editor of City Journal and adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow her on Twitter here.

Photo by HERBERT NEUBAUER/APA/AFP via Getty Images

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