This is quite rich coming from somebody who took the role of a propagandist in favor of Islam (and even downplayed Iran's tyranny) when she wrote the Muslim Ms. Marvel book in the past decade. Now, she has the gall to address an issue she's unqualified for commenting on, where she'll doubtless claim the Religion of Peace was just "hijacked". If there's anybody whose word shouldn't be taken at face value on topics like these, it's Wilson, whose books should be boycotted.
Just unreal. Just too awful. https://t.co/uyB1fFm05K— Find GWW @ Table J-13 ECCC (@GWillowWilson) August 12, 2022
The second is Neil Gaiman, the UK-born scribe who penned the 1989-96 take on Sandman:
A hard day. Family sickness, a small boy's Rock Academy concert, things to write and watch and approve and change, and over and above all of it worrying about @SalmanRushdie.Texting mutual friends. Finding myself horrified not by the awful act but by the people who approve of it.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 12, 2022
I fervently hope that @SalmanRushdie pulls through. He's funny, brilliant, dry, he has written beautiful wise books & I wish the people who think they hate him would read his words.(You don't hate Salman, who is a real person. You hate someone in your mind who has never existed.)— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 12, 2022
Well I think it's a good thing Gaiman's speaking Rushdie's favor. But, is he going to develop any books of his own employing themes similar to what the Satanic Verses contains? Let us be perfectly clear. If you're not willing to exercise your own free speech rights in protest of the tragedy Rushdie suffered through, your words ring hollow, and you're not accomplishing anything or doing justice for the victims of Islamic jihadism. This cowardice has practically led to the modern state of censorship that's affected much of the world, and while you may see some of these would-be auteurs recommending the books that started it all, they do not seem even remotely interested in emulating any of the ingredients the book contains, no matter what they say in their alleged solidarity with the victim of the horrifying jihadist crime.
Midnight's Children is beautiful and a personal favourite, Haroun and the Sea of Stories/Luka and the Fire of Life are terrific novels for the young, Quichotte is brilliant, and The Satanic Verses is the novel that started the fatwa and the violence that accompanied it. https://t.co/rijnXEvBtX— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 12, 2022
And does Gaiman also condemn the threats that were made against J.K. Rowling? It should be noted that earlier, Gaiman signaled support for anti-Israeli propaganda, and in doing so, was letting Islamofascism - the very ideology Rushdie fell victim to - off the hook. Such leniency will not solve the issue, and Gaiman decidedly owes an apology for going by double-standards.