Land of the free? Maybe not when it comes to speech

February 20, 2014

by Cathy Young at

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, British writer Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Satanic Verses was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims, became the target of a fatwa - a death decree - by then-Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Rushdie spent 10 years in hiding; several violent attacks, some fatal, were linked to the book the first five years after its publication...