Iran renews death decree against author Salman Rushdie

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In 1989, Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini pledged $3 million for the death of author Salman Rushdie after the publishing of his book The Satanic Verses.

Now a new fatwa has been issued, with a bounty of $600,000 for killing Rushdie, on top of the previous $3 million. The money is being raised by 40 state-run Iranian media outlets to the state-run Fars News Agency.

The original fatwa was canceled in 1998 by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, however, it seems religious leaders never accepted the cancelation.

“Imam Khomeini’s fatwa is a religious decree and it will never lose its power or fade out,” Iran’s deputy culture minister Seyed Abbas Salehi.

Since the book’s publication, four people have been attacked for trying to translate the book, three of whom died.

Is this the religion of peace everyone is talking about?

photo credit: Yaffa Phillips / Creative Commons

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