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America Responds to Terrorism
Blasphemy Salman Rushdie

Novelist Salman Rushie's book The Satanic Verses angered many Muslims. They accused Rushdie of blasphemy--insulting their sacred religion. The government of Iran offered a reward to anyone who killed Rushdie. Many people in Western nations viewed Iran's action as an assault on freedom of expression. They see blasphemy as an outdated notion. But the crime of blasphemy still exists in some Western nations. In the United States, prosecutions for blasphemy, though always rare, did not officially end until the early 1970s.

Blasphemy! Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression
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