Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The leader of the Indian chapter of the Center for Inquiry, a group I belong to, has been arrested in India for writing a book critical of Islam.

The Center for Inquiry’s New Delhi, India contacts have reported that CFI/India President Innaiah Narisetti , as well as two other individuals–Subba Rao and author Macha Laxmaiah (alias Krantikar)–have been arrested for distributing a book “that reportedly hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.”

The book, Crescent over the World , is a compilation of articles including submissions by Salman Rushdie and Tasleema Nasreen, along with one of the “blasphemous” cartoons published in the Danish press in 2005 (some of which were republished in Free Inquiry magazine).

Some details, from an Indian publication:

“The arrests followed massive protests by Muslims in Khammam, around 250 km from Hyderabad. They took out a rally, demanding action against the author and those who helped him.

“Police said they seized 380 books of the first volume and 410 books of the second volume of the publication in different parts of Khammam district.”

Appalling. Absolutely appalling. Your feelings are hurt so you think you have the right to throw someone in jail for it? Fuck your feelings. And fuck you too.

This should once again remind people of the difference between democracy and liberty. India may be the world’s largest democracy, but if you can be arrested for criticizing someone’s religious views it has no liberty.