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What did non-muslim religious leaders say about the Salman Rushdie fatwa?

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Submitted by william marsano (United States), May 26, 2007 at 16:53

In a recent review in The New York Times, Michael Kinsley says, re the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. "Religious leaders from all the major faiths, who disagree on some of the most fundamental questions, managed to put aside their differences to agree that Rushdie had it coming."

I confess that at the time the fatwa seemed so ludicrous that it wasn't to be tazken seriously, and so I didn't pay much attention. So I'm wondering: Can it be true that leaders of major religions gave no suppoprt at all to Rushdie, and in fact agreed that he deserved the fatwa?

I'd appreciate having my vague memories refreshed.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Kinsley's statement is an exaggeration, but it is true that religious leaders did not distinguish themselves. I cover this at some length in my book, The Rushdie Affair.

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