Explicating Mr. Islam

I disussed one of the many lowlights of the Live Earth festivities over the weekend in “Islam sings.” I quoted the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens — Yusuf Islam — who performed in Hamburg, Germany:

“The Jews seem neither to respect God nor his creation. Their own holy books contain the curse of God brought upon them by their prophets on account of their disobedience to Him and mischief in the earth. We have seen the disrespect for religion displayed by those who consider themselves to be ‘God’s chosen people.'”

Andrew Bostom writes to explicate Mr. Islam’s discourse on the Jews:

Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, the name he assumed upon converting to Islam, was simply quoting Koran in these antisemitic remarks: Koran 2:61/3:112, the Koranic curse for disobeying Allah and slaying the prophets (which is updated with flawless logic in the canonical hadith wherein the Jews poison Muhammad, leading to the Muslim prophet

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