Free Speech Versus Hate Speech: Case In Point Sir Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie’s stabbing is part of an American phenomenon

By Parnaz Foroutan, author of “Home Is a Stranger”

On the first day of school, my first grade teacher instructed us that if we heard our parents playing music at home, if they had certain books of poetry on their shelves, if they drank wine, if they danced, if they invited friends over, if our mothers dressed immodestly, if our fathers listened to unsanctioned radio stations, if we saw our school friends at the park without hijabs, we should report these things to her immediately. A good student followed the rules of Islam.

I wanted to be a good student. I wrote my alphabet with meticulous handwriting in my state-issued notebook so that she might give me a star. I stood in the school line on cold autumn mornings and swore my allegiance to Islam and the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. I recited the names of the 12 imams of Shia Islam in front of the class. I walked straight home from school passing young men with guns who volunteered their time to police morals and arrest dissidents. 

In the evenings, my parents spoke in whispers while I did my homework, until one afternoon they told me I wouldn’t return to school the following day, that we were leaving Iran. I worried about missing class and not learning how to read. My father assured me that I still would as he packed my notebook in the single suitcase we were taking. In the lining, he also hid two volumes of poetry, a book by Sohrab Sepehri, another by Forough Farrokhzad. 

In America, I practiced my cursive on worksheets. My father listened to the radio each evening. My parents invited friends over. Sometimes they danced. Sometimes they read poetry. There was always music. By and by, I learned to write words, and then, in one moment, I learned to read. I sounded out the same paragraph, over and over, until suddenly the words opened themselves for me and there I was, in an attic with a girl named Anne, hiding.

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  1. I was inspired by the teaching of tolerance of JESUS. Like this;

    “Love your neighbor as yourself. “There is no greater commandment than this,” he said. Matthew 22:37.👍Woww

    But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.👍Woww
    Matthew 5:44

    If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. By doing so you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be defeated by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:20-23👍Woww

    Love the foreigners who come to your country as you love yourself. Leviticus 19:33👍wow

    JESUS: I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, no one can come to Heaven except through Jesus or the Bible. John 14:6 Wow👍

    I did not find a single word in the Gospel commanding to kill people of different religions. Jesus never killed people and fought wars. Jesus’ hands were clean of human blood. Extraordinary! 👍Woowww

    If there is a christian kill innocent people, he did not follow the teaching of Jesus.
    That is big difference with Islamic teaching.

    Non Christians persecute those who insult Jesus or Bible.

    Christian will saya forgive those who insult Jesus and love him. Woowwww

    I believe that Christian is the true peaceful religion or teaching.

    What do you think Rafiq?
    Do you find peace in Lombok?

  2. RAFIQ
    Most Islamic scholars ( Imam) teach hate speeck toward Jews and Christian in Mosques.

    Verily the disbelievers, namely the people of the Book and the polytheists [will enter] the Hell of Hell; they stay in it. They are the worst creatures. (Q.98:6)

    What do you think this verse?

    It is not hate verse?
    Most Imam in mosque teach this verse in Mosques. Is it not hate speech?

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