(ANSA) - PARIS, AUGUST 13 - "Nothing justifies a fatwa, a death sentence": this is the indignant message about the stabbing of Salman Rushdie that appeared on the website of the French satirical periodical Charlie Hebdo, himself severely hit by Islamic terrorism in 2015, with a attack which resulted in 12 deaths in January 2015 for his satires on Islam.
"As we write these few lines, we do not yet know the motives of the perpetrator of the stabbing against Salman Rushdie. Is it aimed against global warming, against the loss of purchasing power or against the ban on watering flowerpots due to the heat?" Charlie Hebdo's chief editor, Riss, jokes.
"So let's take the risk of saying that it is probably a believer, who is most likely a Muslim and who even more likely committed his act of him in the name of the fatwa launched in 1989 by Ayatollah Khomeini against Rushdie, condemning him to death".
According to the journalist, "the freedom of thought, reflection and expression has no value for God and his servants. And in Islam, whose history has often been written in violence and submission, these values very simply have no place, as I'm a threat to his hold on souls. "
Riss rejects the reasoning according to which the fatwa would not be justified because the considerations made by Rushdi on the book "The Satanic Verses" would not be disrespectful to Islam: that is to say that if the book had been disrespectful, the fatwa would be justified.
"Well no, repeated once again that nothing, absolutely nothing, justifies a fatwa, a death sentence, of anyone and for whatever", writes Riss in the note, hoping that Rushdies stop living in hiding, as he has done since 2002, and find a normal life.