We have followed the rising prosecution of people for blasphemy around the world, including the West. Now, Muslim groups in India are calling for the prosecution of organizers for reading from Salman Rushdie’s banned book “Satanic Verses” at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Abdul Latif, state secretary of All India Milli council refers to the mere reading from the book as “condemnable” and said that the groups are collecting evidence for prosecution.
What is fascinating is the change in the language of intolerance. I have been critical of the Obama Administration’s work with Middle Eastern countries on establishing the basis for prosecution anti-religious speech. Recently the Administration got these extremist countries to adopt the Brandenburg standard as the basis for such prosecutions. These cases show the mentality of countries pushing for a “balance” between free speech and religion. It also shows why the use of the Brandenburg standard is so dangerous in the hands of such officials who view free speech as the cause of imminent violence. Here Latif insisted that prosecution is necessary because such readings may “provoke people,” warning “it is responsibility of police, administration and organisers to ensure that no such things happen in the event but it is unfortunate that the banned book was read.”
That is how imminent “imminent lawless action” plays out in nations enforcing blasphemy values.
Source: Outlook India as first seen on Reddit.