Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hitchens on fanning the embers of the Rushdie-le Carré feud

Hitchens on the Art of the Feud -

le Carré and Rushdie via La Opinion de Malaga

“The le Carré-Rushdie quarrel was (and is) between those who think that religion should be protected from ‘offensive’ critiques, and those who do not,” Hitchens said. “This is the original confrontation over free speech, which goes back to the trial of Socrates. I therefore did my best to make sure that no compromise or kiss-and-make-up was thinkable. One’s job on such occasions, when seeing the embers begin to cool, is to blow on them as hard as possible.”
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