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Salman Rushdie: Morally bankrupt

February 21, 2010

As I blogged earlier, Salman Rushdie has issued a rather late in the day but unsurprising statement in support of Gita Sahgal and her unsubstantiated attacks on Moazzam Begg, Cageprisoners and Amnesty International.

What is surprising though is that any of Sahgal’s supporters (and they have) would welcome this statement which opines:

It looks very much as if Amnesty’s leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy, and has lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

Rushdie was one of the morally bankrupt signatories of a petition which urged Switzerland to release Roman Polanski last year.  Yes, that’s Roman Polanski who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl, who admitted drugging and raping a thirteen year old girl, and who then decided that it would be better to go on the run for thirty two years than to face up to the legal consequences of drugging and raping a thirteen year old girl.  I don’t imagine Polanski will ever face up to the moral consequences of drugging and raping a thirteen year old girl, and obviously Salman Rushdie isn’t interested in morals or ‘distinguishing right from wrong’.

Rushdie also opines:

Amnesty and Begg have revealed, by their statements and actions, that they deserve our contempt.

Ha ha ha!!

H/T @GalFawkes

Related:  Amnesty, Moazzam Begg, Gita Sahgal – Link roundup

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