The absolute, club-footed idiocy of asking Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) to perform “Peace Train” at the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity” has been well-remarked upon. You can only shake your head and cackle in disbelief. It’s the perfect poison Halloween treat.
“And to show how inclusive they were, they had Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) singing Peace Train. The guy who supported the fatwa (Death Sentence) on Salman Rushdie. I guess he was there to appease the Muslims who want to blow up Comedy Central for daring to pretend to show Mohammad by not showing Mohammad.”
“In light of Jon Stewart featuring Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, at the ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ on the mall today, it’s worth remembering the insanity that this man has endorsed.
” ‘He must be killed,’ Stevens/Islam said in 1989 of Salman Rushdie, when asked about the Ayatollah Khomenei’s infamous fatwa. ‘The Qur’an makes it clear – if someone defames the prophet, then he must die.’ “
“I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini–and still don’t. The book itself destroyed the harmony between peoples and created an unnecessary international crisis.
“When asked about my opinion regarding blasphemy, I could not tell a lie and confirmed that–like both the Torah and the Gospel–the Qur’an considers it, without repentance, as a capital offense. The Bible is full of similar harsh laws if you’re looking for them. However, the application of such Biblical and Qur’anic injunctions is not to be outside of due process of law, in a place or land where such law is accepted and applied by the society as a whole….”
“However much Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam may wish to rewrite his past, he was neither misunderstood nor misquoted over his views on the Khomeini fatwa against The Satanic Verses (Seven, April 29). In an article in The New York Times on May 22, 1989, Craig R Whitney reported Stevens/Islam saying on a British television programme ‘that rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, ‘I would have hoped that it’d be the real thing’.
“He added that ‘if Mr Rushdie turned up at his doorstep looking for help, ‘I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like. I’d try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is’.
“In a subsequent interview with The New York Times, Mr Whitney added, Stevens/Islam, who had seen a preview of the programme, said that he ‘stood by his comments’.
“Let’s have no more rubbish about how ‘green’ and innocent this man was.”
Salman Rushdie, New York
In the end, it all comes down to the desperate, sinking feeling that maybe if we grovel and show our hindquarters, our future masters will spare us. As “Bert” declaims in the comment section at the bottom of Tabin’s post:
“So, John Leibowitz ( Stewart), a self loathing west side Lear jet Jewish nutter invites a Jew hating Muslim radical to sing at a phony ‘fight the sanity’ rally?
“So, when do we acknowledge that the media elites are mentally ill leftists?”
Almost right, Bert. It isn’t quite mental illness. It is fear, plain and simple. Welcome to the Dhimmitude.