About: Silent Conquest
Silent Conquest traces the progressive erosion of freedom of expression in the West from 1989 when Iranian Shia leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa pronouncing a death sentence against Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.
The reaction to the fatwa against Rushdie among political and cultural leaders was one of outrage but as more and more death threats and even homicides have been carried out against artists, journalists and others in the West outrage has turned to acceptance.
It is now routine for people in the West to be threatened with death for expressions that offend Islam. Further, western governments have increasingly enacted hate speech laws which criminalize such expressions and prosecutions are against those whose expressions are offensive to Islam.
As the United Nations, Organization for Islamic Cooperation and United States work to implement
U.N. General Assembly Resolution 16/18 to prohibit expressions that discriminate against religious belief, freedom of speech is under direct threat by what amounts to a global blasphemy code.
Locations include Washington D.C., New York City, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm.