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.