I Grew Up Believing Salman Rushdie Was Evil Incarnate

The year that 'Satanic Verses' came out marked the end of my childhood innocence. That year, my religion teacher taught us that girls who showed skin would burn in hell, that the mujahideen were heroes and that infidels were doomed to die.

Last weekend I returned to the end of the 1980s in one fell swoop. I’d arrived in Brooklyn on Saturday night to take part in a...