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“A poet’s work…to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”

— Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses
Statement from FAIR:

FAIR is committed to advancing individual civil rights and liberties for all. The most vital among these rights are freedom of speech and free expression.


The August 12th attack on Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, New York is a sobering example of what can happen when we abandon those principles. Intolerance of free speech is the first step on the road to violence, and we must oppose it emphatically for the sake of free society.


Salman has been a staunch supporter and defender of free speech and free expression for over 30 years—ten of which he spent in constant mortal danger as a result. We unequivocally condemn the violence perpetrated against Salman, and stand with individuals everywhere who are brave enough to speak their mind in the face of intolerance.

Please click here to read more of FAIR’s statement on the attack on Salman Rushdie.


Link to Twitter, #StandWithSalman


“The Infidels will not be silenced. Like Salman Rushdie, I choose freedom” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali


“We Ignored Salman Rushdie’s Warning.” – Bari Weiss