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In a speech denouncing the Islamic extremist group ISIS (the Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria) and the “hate-filled rhetoric” of Islamic
extremism, author Salman Rushdie warned that the world must come to
grips with what he called “a new age of religious mayhem” perpetrated by
U.K. news daily The Telegraph reported
that Rushdie was addressing the audience at the PEN/Pinter Prize
lecture, where he was honored for his achievements in literature. His
1989 book The Satanic Verses was considered blasphemy by
hardline Muslims and as a result, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declared a
fatwa on Rushdie’s life, meaning that by the dictates of the Muslim
faith, the author must be killed.
Rushdie spent several years in hiding from zealots and fanatics who
were out to silence him. Now, he said in his speech at the British
Library on Sunday night, he sees young British Muslims being seduced by
what he called “jihadi-cool” and worries that they will be used as foot
soldiers to the nascent ultra-extremist movement forming in Syria and
its neighbor Iraq.
In addition to grisly videos of beheadings and televised diatribes
against the west, ISIS and its sympathizers have turned to rap videos
and Internet screeds. Rushdie sees these recruitment tools as encoded
hate speech designed to pull in the disaffected.
“It’s hard not to conclude that this hate-filled religious rhetoric,
pouring from the mouths of ruthless fanatics into the ears of angry
young men, has become the most dangerous new weapon in the world today,”
“A word I dislike greatly, ‘Islamophobia’, has been coined to
discredit those who point at these excesses, by labeling them as
bigots,” he went on. “But in the first place, if I don’t like your
ideas, it must be acceptable for me to say so, just as it is acceptable
for you to say that you don’t like mine. Ideas cannot be ring-fenced
just because they claim to have this or that fictional sky god on their
“In the second place,” he said, “it’s important to remember that most
of those who suffer under the yoke of the new Islamic fanaticism are
“It is right to feel phobia towards such matters,” Rushdie declared.
“As several commentators have said, what is being killed in Iraq is not
just human beings, but a whole culture. To feel aversion towards such a
force is not bigotry. It is the only possible response to the horror of
“I can’t, as a citizen, avoid speaking of the horror of the world in
this new age of religious mayhem, and of the language that conjures it
up and justifies it,” he said.
Other religions have their fanatical branches, the author allowed,
but insisted that “the overwhelming weight of the problem lies in the
world of Islam, and much of it has its roots in the ideological language
of blood and war emanating from the Salafist movement within Islam,
globally backed by Saudi Arabia.”
A Minnesota judge signed off on a settlement on Monday in a groundbreaking case that accused Catholic church leaders in Minnesota of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest.
Ramsey County judge James Van De North approved the settlement after
meeting with both sides on Monday, said Jeff Anderson, an attorney for
Neither Anderson nor church officials would give details ahead of a
1pm news conference. A statement from Anderson’s firm said church
officials in St Paul and Winona had agreed to 17 child protection
“This is a landmark case,” Anderson said. “It’s monumental in a lot of ways.”
The case against the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis and the
Diocese of Winona is believed to be the first clergy sexual abuse case
nationwide to use the public nuisance theory at trial.
That claim allowed victims’ attorneys to seek evidence of sexual
abuse across the archdiocese, rather than focus on allegations against
It forced the unprecedented disclosure of tens of thousands of church
documents and the names of dozens of accused priests. The flood of
information – which included the public release of court-ordered
depositions of Archbishop John Nienstedt and other church leaders –
revealed how top officials handled allegations of misconduct by priests.
The disclosures compounded an already difficult year for church leaders.
Last fall, a former archdiocese employee went public with allegations
that church leaders had mishandled several cases in which priests were
accused of abuse. Police began investigating several allegations, and
Nienstedt himself was accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied and
resulted in no criminal charges.
Nienstedt has apologised for any mistakes, but despite public calls
for his resignation he told the AP in July that he would not step down,
and that he does not believe he mishandled the situation.
Lawyers for the church had asked that the case be dismissed, saying
the public nuisance claim did not stand up, but Van de North allowed it
The case was filed in May 2013 under a law that opened up a
three-year window for victims of past sexual abuse to file claims that
were otherwise barred under the statute of limitations. Similar windows
for lawsuits in other states have resulted in payouts in the tens of
millions of dollars or more.
The plaintiff, identified in court documents as Doe 1, claims he was
abused by Thomas Adamson in 1976 and 1977, when the victim was an altar
boy in St Paul Park. The complaint also alleged the archdiocese and
diocese were negligent in allowing Adamson continued access to children,
even though leaders knew he had behaved inappropriately with young
Adamson said in a deposition earlier this year that he molested
around 12 teens from the 1960s to the mid-1980s. He was removed from
active ministry in 1985 and defrocked in 2009. He was never criminally
Adamson has an unlisted phone number and could not be reached.