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Blasphemy! Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression

In this lesson, provided by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, students evaluate an amendment proposed to allow states to enact anti-blasphemy laws.

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.

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Under the guidance of a Board of Directors chosen from the worlds of law, business, government, education, the media, and the community, CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.

Last updated: Monday, October 22, 2018 | 16:45:02