[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]
As regular readers of this blog know, at the Rally to Restore Sanity, Jon Stewart welcomed noted islamofascist Yusuf Islam on stage to perform. Islam, who used to be known as Cat Stevens before his conversion to radical Islam, had endorsed the fatwah against Salman Rushdie, and as late as 2007 stated that he supported making blasphemy a capital offense. I mean by then he had “evolved” to the point that he said he preferred that such persons received a fair trial before having their heads hacked off with a rusty scimitar. So there is that.
Anyway, so Nick Cohen at Standpoint Magazine passes along Salman Rushdie’s opinion on the subject of including Islam at a rally to restore sanity.
I’ve always liked Stewart and Colbert but what on earth was Cat Yusuf Stevens Islam [sic] doing on that stage? If he’s a “good Muslim” like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar then I’m the Great Pumpkin. Happy Halloween.
And since this was a late update to my post on the subject, I thought I would reprint what Islam said in 2007:
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.
So he wants to give you a full and fair trial, before being murdered for blaspheming Mohammed (pedophilia be upon him). Meanwhile, Charles Johnson has said the following about Islam’s appearance at the Restoring Sanity Rally: “”
Yep, that is right, he has said nothing. “Move along, nothing to see here.” Mind you, this was the guy who only last April wrote:
So here we go again with a very touchy Islamic group threatening “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with death because the cartoon show dared to have a cartoon character version of Mohammed, the revered prophet of Islam, revered so much that if you don’t revere him some of his followers will kill you, even for a freaking cartoon…. And the threats will continue until a stiffer spine shows up somewhere in the media.
But apparently he can’t be bothered to denounce the presence of an actual death-for-blasphemy Islamofascist on stage at a “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Why? The answer is obvious: because he can’t let anything contradict “teh narrative.” So he pretends that Beck’s rally was smaller to the point of holding up CBS news as being more trustworthy than what you can see with your own two eyes, and he ignores the islamofascist Stewart welcomed on stage. The important thing is to prove that this rally showed that liberals were strong, sane and enthused.
Mind you, I am sure Stewart is opposed to such fatwahs. My best guess is that either he wasn’t aware of the controversy surrounding Yusuf Islam (which suggests he is in a deep liberal cocoon) or he thinks the fact the man once wrote “Peace Train” is a reason to overlook that. Hey, I like “Peace Train,” too, but principles are principles. Until and unless the man apologizes and denounces islamofascism, at the very least he should be shunned from polite society.
Then again, Hollywood types have never had trouble arguing that we should ignore the most horrific acts because a person is a great artist. So we shouldn’t be surprised.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]