Secularism

Galloway’s Pre-emptive Fatwa

Salman Rushdie clashed with George Galloway yesterday in a debate about TV and religion and a hypothetical small-screen adaptation of the novelist’s controversial book The Satanic Verses.

Mr Galloway, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, said TV executives had to be “very sensitive about people’s religion” and if broadcasters did not show sufficient sensitivity they “had to deal with the consequences”.

He said: “You have to be aware if you do [offend people’s beliefs] you will get blowback. You should do it very carefully, especially if you are a public service broadcaster.”

“Is that a threat?” asked Rushdie during the debate at the Media Guardian Edinburgh international television festival.

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