I am reading a fascinating memoir, Joseph Anton, by Salman Rushdie. As you might remember he is the author of the novel, The Satanic Verses,(which I haven't read) published in 1989, and due to the nature of the contents about Islam, the Ayatollah Khomeini placed a threat on his life.
The memoir is about living under the threats. I am only halfway through the book, but it is a riveting account of the fear for his life and his family, especially his nine-year-old son. He moved from house to house and had a security detail, trying to stay a step ahead of the threats.
I am not writing this as a review or recommendation of the book, although it is very interesting. But, I have asked myself some questions as I read:
1. What if I wrote something and angered others leading to a threat, how would I react? I so dislike angering others, so how would I cope?
2. It is a lesson on freedom. We need to be able to not be afraid to express our beliefs and feelings. It also reminds me of what my college journalism professor would say about censorship. If we try to ban the materials that we, as Christians, feel are not appropriate whether because of message, language or against our beliefs, then the books we write about God, and a way of life that please Him, could also be banned.
3. I guess the last is a comment and not a question. I have admired how Rushdie came through this still loving to write and writing while in hiding and now not afraid to share what happened to him, even though there are still threats on his life.
And sometimes I don’t write just because I am too tired.
Do you think you would be strong enough to stand against a threat on your life?