Pop singer/songwriter Cat Stevens got off the peace train when he converted to the religion of peace back in the ’70’s and changed his name to Yusuf…Islam. In 1989 Mr. Islam was one of the prominent Muslims who supported the murder of Salman Rushdie. Mr. Islam has since denied it, but judge for yourself.
In the early 1990’s Mr. Islam was reportedly one of the Islamists who attended Sudan’s Popular Arab and Islamic Conference where he joined representatives from Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
In 2007 Deborah Solomon interviewed Mr. Islam for the New York Times Magazine. Solomon gamely but unsuccessfully attempted to elicit Mr. Islam’s view of Hamas. For some reason he found it a “loaded question” and declined to respond other than in the usual Islamist front group doublespeak to which we have grown accustomed.
Today Mr. Islam showed up to perform at the Restore Sanity rally in Washington featuring Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (video above). Islam’s appearance at the rally is a timely reminder of the unholy alliance between the left and radical Islam.
Via Hot Air/TPM.
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll has the video from 1989 when Mr. Islam was calling for the death of Salman Rushdie on a BBC roundtable discussion (their equivalent of the PBS shows that Fred Friendly hosted for years), along with a pretty good Wikipedia page on the show he appeared on. John McCormack has more.
PAUL adds: At one point in the festivities, Jon Stewart trotted out Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in order to show (I guess) that some Muslims are lovable celebrities (Jabbar was actually angry and surly in his day). By including Mr. Islam in his show, Stewart provided some unintended balance.
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