A Brief History of Blasphemy: Liberalism, Censorship and the "Satanic Verses" Paperback – 1 Jun 1990
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Webster apparently feels that the solution to an unjust law (blasphemy laws covering Christianity in the UK) is extending the unjust protection to all religions (non-religious doctrines can fend for themselves). You see by silencing critical debate on religion we'll all get along, right? I found it disturbing and hypocritical that someone who self publishes under the name 'The Orwell Press' would write a work which flies in the face of much of what George Orwell stood for. This book is little more than a shallow, appeasement-minded thinking on a complex subject. Read it only to see how smug and self-righteous some far left (to the point of wrapping around to meet religious conservatives) thinkers can be.
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A similar failure to see that his judgments return to their sender shows when he declares that he fears "the machine-gun bullets of liberal self-righteousness" more than the bombs of Islamic fundamentalists, one of the most foolish statements I have ever seen in a published book. If comparing support for the right to blaspheme against Islam to physical violence isn't self-righteous, then what is? Webster seems so desperate to remove all blame from Islam that he is prepared to commit almost any kind of rhetorical excess against its critics, even to imply that no matter what atrocities Islamic fundamentalists may be guilty of, they cannot be worse than the rhetoric of those awful liberal supporters of free speech.
Webster argues that it is right to censor The Satanic Verses, on the grounds that it helped drive allegedly "moderate" Muslims into the hands of the radical extremists. He doesn't ask what kind of "moderation" it is that can so easily be damaged by one post-modernist novel, or consider that censoring things offensive to Muslims to help "moderation" will only lead to further and yet further demands. Apparently concerned that some people won't consider anti-Islamic prejudice worth worrying about, he insinuates that blasphemy against Islam will somehow help promote anti-Semitism; he also, predictably, equates anti-Islamic views with racism.
Throughout the book, Webster criticizes "liberals" and "liberalism" without making it clear from what political standpoint he makes his criticisms; seemingly, he believes that it is possible to convincingly criticize liberalism without adopting a definite political position. He suggests that unqualified support for freedom of speech is a form of anti-intellectualism, but is all too clearly guilty of his own form of anti-intellectualism in making such free-floating criticisms, and trivializes the issues involved in withdrawing The Satanic Verses from circulation by snidely implying that the main reason for not censoring it would be that censorship would hurt liberals' feelings. Webster's approving citation of Muslim writer Shabbir Akhtar's book Be Careful With Muhammad!, which crassly equates liberals with "white people", helps show where he's really coming from.