Yeah – it was 1988 he wrote the book. I was like 16. In 1990, I had a few friends who showed me their copy of the book and treated it like they were gonna get killed for reading it.
The next time I remember people being all sneaky about reading a book was the one about Suicide. “Suicide Solution” I think it was, which taught people to kill themselves with two plastic bags over their head and a rubber band, when assisted suicide was controversial.
There. “Final Exit”. That was the *next* controversial book that came out that I remember people talking about. Once Final Exit was all over the news, people stopped talking about Satanic Verses.
From a “typical American point of view” (I’ll be a typical American here) it went like this:
“Oh look: Muslim extremists want to kill a newly atheist Muslim writer and he has to go into hiding! How juicy!”
then a few years later
“Oh look! A guy wrote a book on how to kill yourself and Christian groups want him arrested!”
Depends where. In the USA, we judge people on skin tone. Hardly reaches the level of ideology and religion and nations. Just skin tone.
I take british news with a great level of skepticism. They’ve always lied and exaggerated in their news, especially the BBC, but they’ve gotten worse over the last few years. Always so dramatic. What used to be just tabloids is now in all their news. Not that the USA is much better because it’s not.
Ever since the British stopped having an empire, the world’s always coming to an end. I guess the regular people must be bored most of the time to require such exciting news all of the time.
I’m not barring criticism either. Just saying why it’s difficult to get what you’re looking for out of people.
If someone has an agenda – a purpose for getting in front of the camera and speaking to a lot of people, or are writing books or are making Youtube videos – they’re exaggerating in some way.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a basis of fact within but the hyperbole has to always be kept in mind if the source has a strong bias.