Sunday, March 13, 2005

Keep religion out of public life?

Salman Rusdie expresses his thoughts about keeping religion out of public life in today's Toronto Star. You can read the whole article here.

"I never thought of myself as a writer about religion until a religion came after me. Religion was a part of my subject, of course — for a novelist from the Indian subcontinent, how could it not have been? But in my opinion I also had many other, larger, tastier fish to fry.

Nevertheless, when the attack came, I had to confront what was confronting me and to decide what I wanted to stand up for in the face of what so vociferously, repressively and violently stood against me.

Now, 16 years later, religion is coming after us all and, even though most of us probably feel, as I once did, that we have other, more important concerns, we are all going to have to confront the challenge.

If we fail, this particular fish may end up frying us."


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