Friday, November 12, 2010

Why Was Yusuf Islam at the Rally to Restore Sanity

Back in 1989, when asked about the fatwa against Salmon Rushdie, Islam responded, "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die."  Two months later, on a British TV show, he was asked if he would appear at a demonstration where Rushdie was to be burned in effigy.  Islam replied, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing."  Islam attempted to backtrack from his comments by claiming that he was joking in bad taste, but I don't buy it.  The fatwa against Rushdie is not really a laughing matter.

So, why was he invited to perform at Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity?  Yusuf Islam does not strike me as one to be promoting sanity.  

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