Salman Rushdie, who authored several highly controversial novels, some of which have even been deemed blasphemous by many within the Islamic community — and banned in Iran — was attacked while giving a speech in New York on Friday.
A reporter with the Associated Press watched in shock as a knife-wielding man charged onto the stage Rushdie was using to give his speech and delivered several blows and stabbings against the author’s body. Rushdie either collapsed to the ground or fell while his assailant was subdued.
For years, Salman has been at the center of Iran’s most sinister targeting. In 1989, in fact, Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared a fatwa — or a decree demanding Rushdie’s death. Ruhollah even went as far as offering a $3 million bounty for the life of the provocative writer to anyone who would assassinate him.
Although the Iranian government has since distanced itself from said bounty, the hatred rooted against Rushdie has continued to permeate throughout Muslim communities. For instance, in 2012, an individual with official ties to Iran’s religious foundation garnered more than $2.8 million to raise the reward for murdering the contested author.
At the time of the news breaking, Rushdie brushed off the raised stakes calling for his death, indicating there was “no evidence” anyone would take part in the commission of his murder. Those threats ingrained more hatred and may have been the cause of the largely-known figure going into hiding. He also had to enlist the protection by an armed guard for several years.
Following the attempted, alleged murder plot — paramedics raced Rushdie to the hospital via airlift, where his condition has remained unknown as of the time of this article’s publication.
His speech was held at The Chautauqua Institution, located approximately 55 miles southwest of Buffalo, NY, and has been a favorite speech-giving destination of Rushdie in the past.
New York police told the press Rushdie’s condition is still up in the air, following the incident where he was stabbed several times, including in the neck, The Guardian reported.
Without a doubt, the same ‘cancel culture that existed within the radical Islamic communities around the world for centuries has seeped its way into our own society.
Americans have looked on while Big Tech companies like Twitter and others have censored right-wing opinions. Leftist politicians have blatantly called for violence against conservative figures — and several attempts on the lives of prominent outspoken Republicans have been tried.
The nation can learn at least one thing from this refusal to allow freedom of thought and expression: It’s headed for a neighborhood near you. Buckle up and hold on tight.