Salman Rushdie, and the Right to Offend

In Joseph Anton Rushdie rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But in modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

On February 14 1989 novelist Salman Rushdie’s life would change beyond recognition. On this day Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini pronounced the fatwa,...