PARIS, March 1 (UPI) -- A group of a dozen prolific writers have written a statement condemning the violent reaction to the publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Most of the writers have been threatened for writing perceived anti-Muslim works, the BBC reports.
The writers' statement said the upheaval shows the need to address freedom, secular values and religious fanaticism.
It was printed in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, one of many European newspapers that printed the cartoons, which pictured the Prophet Mohammed in a negative light.
Islamic law forbids any depiction of him, calling it a sacrilege.
The group of writers includes Indian-born, British writer Salman Rushdie. His book, The Satanic Verses, prompted a fatwa, or religious decree, calling for his death.