On Sunday, US Vice President Kamala Harris said she was shocked by the attack on author Salman Rushdie, saying people should be able to “share ideas without fear” and that “violence and hatred have no their place in society.
Salman Rushdie, who faced death threats for his book “The Satanic Verses,” was stabbed on stage in upstate New York on Friday. A number of world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have condemned the incident.
“Doug and I were appalled by the attack on author Salman Rushdie this week. People should be able to share ideas without fear, the basis of any free and open society. Violence and hatred have no place “, tweeted Kamala Harris.
Biden has expressed shock at the “vicious attack” on Salman Rushdie.
In his statement praising first responders, Biden said he was grateful to first responders and the brave people who stepped into action to help the perpetrator.
“Jill and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie yesterday in New York. We, along with all Americans and people around the world, pray for his health and recovery. I am grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who sprang into action to come to Rushdie’s aid and subdue the attacker,” Biden said in a statement.
While praising Salman Rushdie, Biden said the author had insight into humanity, an unparalleled sense of history, and refused to be bullied or silenced.
“The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to these deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who defend free speech “, said the press release. added.
On Sunday, Salman Rushdie was disconnected from the ventilator and can now speak. Rushdie is a famous British-American author born in India and winner of numerous literary awards.
In 1989, Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s supreme leader at the time, issued an edict calling for the murder of Rushdie, whose book “The Satanic Verses” is considered by many Muslims to be blasphemous.