To: Secular Governments

Condemn Fatwa and Bounty against Salman Rushdie

Condemn Fatwa and Bounty against Salman Rushdie

Unequivocally condemn the Iranian regime’s incitement to murder against writer Salman Rushdie, demand the immediate cancellation of the death fatwa and bounty, prioritise human rights and free expression and side with freethinkers rather than appeasing a theocratic regime.

Why is this important?

We, the undersigned, are outraged to learn that forty state-run media outlets in Iran have raised $600,000 (£420,000) to add as bounty to Ayatollah Khomeini’s death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses.

We condemn the Iranian regime, its fatwa and the added bounty and stand with Salman Rushdie and the many Iranian freethinkers and writers languishing in prison or facing the death penalty for exercising their right to free expression and thought.

The Iranian regime must face global condemnation for its incitement to murder.

Moreover, secular governments should unequivocally condemn the regime’s incitement to murder, demand its immediate cancellation, prioritise human rights and free expression and side with freethinkers rather than appeasing a theocratic regime.
We, the undersigned, are outraged to learn that forty state-run media outlets in Iran have raised $600,000 (£420,000) to add as bounty to Ayatollah Khomeini’s death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses.

We condemn the Iranian regime, its fatwa and the added bounty and stand with Salman Rushdie and the many Iranian freethinkers and writers languishing in prison or facing the death penalty for exercising their right to free expression and thought.

The Iranian regime must face global condemnation for its incitement to murder.

Moreover, secular governments should unequivocally condemn the regime’s incitement to murder, demand its immediate cancellation, prioritise human rights and free expression and side with freethinkers rather than appeasing a theocratic regime.

To see list of initial signatories, visit: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/2016/02/in-defence-of-salman-rushdie/


Reasons for signing

  • The freedom to say things or write things, without inciting violence against people who are not themselves engaging in violence, is a fundamental human right
  • The values of the Age of Enlighment are slowly dying at the hands of secular governments, that think we most tolerate this nonsense from religions. It's time the goverments of the West stand up for it's values, and stop treating religions like they are worthy of any kind of special status.
  • Against religious governments

Updates

2016-02-25 20:52:17 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2016-02-25 06:04:34 -0500

500 signatures reached

2016-02-24 21:40:51 -0500

100 signatures reached

2016-02-24 21:15:02 -0500

50 signatures reached

2016-02-24 21:07:23 -0500

25 signatures reached

2016-02-24 21:02:36 -0500

10 signatures reached