Here's my brief statement about the awful events in Paris. Vive Charlie Hebdo! http://t.co/kspeTLCQ78— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) January 7, 2015
"Religion, a medieaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a threat to our freedom.
This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.
I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity.
“Respect for religion” has become a code phrase meaning “fear of religion.”
Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect."