Fatwa-endorsing singer featured at “Restoring Sanity” rally?

posted at 4:52 pm on October 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I tuned in to the “Restoring Sanity” rally on the National Mall today during the prep time before the NARN broadcast this afternoon, just in time to see “Peace Train” performed live — and I said to my radio partner Mitch Berg, “Did I just see Cat Stevens on stage for a rally claiming to restore sanity?”  As Aaron Worthing at Patterico and Ed Driscoll confirm, indeed I did, as did everyone else.  Mediate has the video of Yusuf Islam’s appearance, as well as a bit of his background:

The inclusion of Yusuf Islam in the Rally to Restore Sanity is sure to raise a number of eyebrows, given the controversy surrounding his alleged support of the fundamentalist Islamic fatwa against author Salman Rushdie. As Andy Levy tweeted “Rally To Restore Fatwas?” Yusuf has since asserted that he was simply joking and his comments were taken out of context. In the years that has followed, he has repeatedly denied ever calling for the death of Rushdie or supporting the fatwa.

You be the judge. In 1989, here’s Islam speaking on a panel discussing the fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Does this sound like an episode of a Bill Maher-type show?

Robertson: You don’t think that this man deserves to die?
Y. Islam: Who, Salman Rushdie?
Robertson: Yes.
Y. Islam: Yes, yes.
Robertson: And do you have a duty to be his executioner?
Y. Islam: Uh, no, not necessarily, unless we were in an Islamic state and I was ordered by a judge or by the authority to carry out such an act – perhaps, yes. ….

Robertson: Would you be part of that protest, Yusuf Islam, would you go to a demonstration where you knew that an effigy was going to be burned?
Y. Islam: I would have hoped that it’d be the real thing.

Later, the New York Times reported that Islam stood by those remarks (emphasis mine):

The musician known as Cat Stevens said in a British television program to be broadcast next week 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.”

The singer, who adopted the name Yusuf Islam when he converted to Islam, made the remark during a panel discussion of British reactions to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s call for Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ”The Satanic Verses.” He also said 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,” said Mr. Islam, who watched a preview of the program today and said in an interview that he stood by his comments.

In other words, he wasn’t joking at all — which he himself later confirmed. When confronted with a choice between freedom of speech and homicidal religious zealotry, Cat Stevens chose the latter.

What I find amazing about this is that two stars from Comedy Central would share the stage with a man who supported the idea of murdering an artist for his remarks on Islam. The producers of South Park got death threats from radical Muslims for attempting to depict an image of Muhammed in one of their recent episodes, and the executive management of Viacom forced them to censor the show in fear of Muslim reaction. Now, two of Viacom’s most recognizable television stars have linked themselves to a man who publicly endorsed that exact kind of threat — as a way to “restore sanity.”

Earlier, I guessed that the rally would just be a waste of time. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert managed to turn it into a despicable, offensive embarrassment. Isn’t that … ironic?

Update: Salman Rushdie wasn’t fooled:

Cat Stevens wanted me dead

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


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Here’s a link to some pics at the ‘Restoring Insanity’ rally today. Looks like a really big crowd.

Signs that showed up, Hitler staches on GOP figures, “NAMBLA Loves Stewart”, and assorted others.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2617865/replies?c=14

PappyD61 on October 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Well, as Jon Stewart remarked about the South Park creators “You’re braver men than I”

And that’s all you really need to know.

Skywise on October 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

What, was Imadinnerjacket too busy? Kim Jong-Il too ill?

rbj on October 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

November 2nd can’t come soon enough. *sigh*

tencole on October 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Oh, those libs always know just the right notes to hit, don’t they?

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

“Rally to Restore Fatwas”… now that there’s just funny!

bernzright777 on October 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Restore naivety rally.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I thought this guy was on the no fly list? How did he get in the country?

Tommy_G on October 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM

But Mr. Morrissey, he was kidding. It was funny./ Another funny thing is that we use to sing “Morning Has Broken” at our church back in the day. Now that is funny.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM

What I find amazing about this is that two stars from Comedy Central

Dhimmi Central , they’ve been promised to be killed last.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Cat is all about the sanity.

29Victor on October 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Another Moon Bat exposed..:)

Dire Straits on October 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert managed to turn it into a despicable, offensive embarrassment

I was never under any illusion that it was going to be anything other than exactly that…I only wondered at what point it would happen, not if.

Alinsky on October 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

his comments were taken out of context.

Hey – that explains it for me.

I thought he was on some sort of “watch list” – did I dream that or did he get a pass because he’s a former, aging, misunderstood, hippie folk singer?

tru2tx on October 30, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I find it interesting that the former Cat Stevens was allowed in the country.

He was deported when attempting to fly into the country a few years back because his name was on the no-fly list, not discovered until he was already in the air. He was likely on there because of his “charitable donations” to a number of Islamic charities which were front groups for terrorist activity.

teke184 on October 30, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Cat Stevens as a voice of sanity for America?

Well I guess with Saddam Hussein dead and Osama bin Laden in hiding, Stevens was the best the “progressives” could get.

Friggin’ loons.

AZCoyote on October 30, 2010 at 5:08 PM

They booked Cat Stevens because Osama Bin Laden’s agent was asking too much for an appearance.

Emperor Norton on October 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Odder still, he was on stage with Ozzy Osbourne who very recently did a gig in Israel.

mudskipper on October 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Ooh baby, baby the Tea Party is racissst.

Ted Torgerson on October 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

They booked Cat Stevens because Osama Bin Laden’s agent was asking too much for an appearance.

Emperor Norton on October 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Nah , Bin Laden knew they would bomb.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM

See this mind. See this mind on Islam. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. And such a waste it is. I grew up with Cat Stevens and loved his music (especially Wild World).

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Yusuf has also been a big supporter of Hamas….you know….the “peaceful” group of “moderate” islamist that have killed thousands of people in the name of allah…

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=83179&page=1

“There was a problem with allowing him into the country because he is a Hamas supporter,” he said…..
……who recorded hits including “Peace Train” and “Wild World” before converting to Islam in 1977, last visited Israel in 1988. The government claims that during that trip he delivered tens of thousand of dollars to Hamas.

Here is a good breakdown of the terrorist links and support by “Mr. Peace Train”

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/185328.php

The Jawa Report has obtained evidence that Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, was once connected to radical clerics Omar Bakri Mohammed & Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. According to at least one credible source, he was also involved in terrorist financing.

…How does anyone maintain any credibility by staging a huge rally based on “restoring sanity” and pushing a narrative of riding on the “peace train” by making a terrorist sympathizer,financier,and fatwa supporter a star of your show?????

They should call their next rally “restoring credibility”.

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Its sooooooooooooooooooo Progressive dont cha know!!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

teke184 on October 30, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I thought I’d heard he was on a list.

It never ends, the hypocrisy of the left.

tru2tx on October 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Funny how the brave, courageous Jon Stewart didn’t say Cat Stevens’ full name (Yusef Islam), but only introduced him as “Yusef.”

conservative pilgrim on October 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Back when I was in college, I loved Cat Stevens’ music and got all his albums. Peace Train used to be one of my favorite songs.

Now the albums sit in the far corner of my collection, along with the Dixie Chicks CDs, because I can’t play them without getting angry at the singer.

I haven’t thrown them out but keep them in the hopes that the artists who recorded them will repent of their sins against us.

unclesmrgol on October 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Imagine if liberals were as tough on terrorists as they are on fetuses.

BruthaMan on October 30, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Only the old hipsters even know who this is, the next generation of douchebag hipsters like crr6 will have to google him for instructions on how to defend him.

ClassicCon on October 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Noooooh! Not Alison Kraus!:

Yusuf has written a song about the 2004 exclusion from the U.S., entitled “Boots and Sand”, recorded in the summer of 2008 and featuring Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and Terry Sylvester.[69]

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

This is like the Wellstone memorial to the 10th power.

Emperor Norton on October 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I don’t listen to him anymore. His music comes on the radio, I change the channel.

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Official: Cat Stevens Has Possible Terror Ties
Thursday, September 23, 2004
==============================

WASHINGTON — The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens (search) is forbidden from flying into the United States because of his alleged association with possible terrorists, U.S. officials said Wednesday in explaining why a London-to-Washington flight carrying the peace activist was diverted.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,133095,00.html

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

So how did Stevens get there? On Amtrak?

Emperor Norton on October 30, 2010 at 5:17 PM

PappyD61 on October 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

That’s a big crowd.

Count to 10 on October 30, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Only the old hipsters even know who this is, the next generation of douchebag hipsters like crr6 will have to google him for instructions on how to defend him.
ClassicCon on October 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Gee thanks. I’ve always dreamed of being thought of as “an old hipster”/

BTW, the Stones, Beatles, Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and oh so many more talents are of that era. Beats the rap crap that defines your young hipster generation.

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Restoring Sharia

Kini on October 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

TYPICAL STEWART RALLY ATTENDEE:

http://twitpic.com/32awfy

tetriskid on October 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Funny how the brave, courageous Jon Stewart didn’t say Cat Stevens’ full name (Yusef Islam), but only introduced him as “Yusef.”

conservative pilgrim on October 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

The ultimate irony of the day.

A Jew presenting a Hamas supporter on stage.

oy vay

tru2tx on October 30, 2010 at 5:19 PM

For some reason Cat Stevens reminds me of Bush.
Sarah Silverman

esnap on October 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM

tetriskid on October 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Remember DIE YUPPIE SCUM!? Same thing, different decade.

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Of course a lot of the liberal groups that participated are financed by George Soros…..a nazi sympathizer who aided and abetted the Holocaust by turning jews over to the nazis:

George Soros says he has no guilt about collaborating with Nazis during World War II
http://itmakessenseblog.com/2010/09/10/george-soros-says-he-has-no-guilt-about-collaborating-with-nazis-during-world-war-ii/

Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes asked him that. Was it difficult? “Not at all,” Soros answered.


“No feeling of guilt?” asked Kroft. “No,” said Soros. “There was no sense that I shouldn’t be there. If I wasn’t doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow. Whether I was there or not. So I had no sense of guilt.”

Nothing screams progressive like rounding up Jews to be slaughtered by the nazis…..

Yes We Can!!!!!

…remember…these are the same people who call Sarah Palin an extremist and Americans who disagree with government waste a bunch of “nazi racist”……

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM

PappyD61 on October 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM
That’s a big crowd.

Count to 10 on October 30, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Not compared to the crowd at the Beck rally.

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM

It really kills me what happened to this guy. I was such a huge fan of his. His first three albums from the early 1970s were so brilliant. Teaser and the Firecat is one of my top 5 favorite albums. So earthy, funky and life affirming. And his sound was so original and distinctive.

Look, if I only listened to musicians whose political beliefs I agreed with, I’d have to discard 85% of my record and CD collection. But this is different. I tell myself to separate the artist from the art (Paul McCartney’s crack about Bush not knowing what a library is one example). But everytime I contemplate pulling out a Cat Stevens album from my collection I just can’t bring myself to do it.

ardenenoch on October 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Keeping it classy.

Most of those pouring into the Mall Saturday appeared to be younger than 35, and the signs they carried showed a decidedly left-wing bent: “I hope this isn’t a trap,” “I masturbate to Christine O’Donnell,” “Communism was a red herring.”

Most signs fit with the happy-go-lucky ethos of the rally, but others were crude. One sign had Hitler mustaches on pictures of Sarah Palin, Eric Cantor, Glenn Beck and John Boehner. The message said, “Afraid yet?” This is particularly insulting to Cantor, who is Jewish and in line to become House Majority Leader if Republicans win next week.

But remember, this was a “non-political” rally.

JammieWearingFool on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

ViaCom, Stewart and Colbert just hope that the Muslims will come for them LAST.

GarandFan on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Gee thanks. I’ve always dreamed of being thought of as “an old hipster”/

BTW, the Stones, Beatles, Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and oh so many more talents are of that era. Beats the rap crap that defines your young hipster generation.

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:17 PM

What makes you think I am part of either one? You misread my quote.

ClassicCon on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

All the insane came … What did you expect.

tarpon on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

It didn’t really surprise me when I saw him on the stage. As I commented to some of my friends a little earlier, if MC Escher had put a rally together, this is what it would have looked like.

A total loss of perspective that twists things in such a manner that it’s an ever evolving look at a false reality.

The irony of the irony became ironic.

ButterflyDragon on October 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

“Did I just see Cat Stevens on stage for a rally claiming to restore sanity?”

It will all be pushed under the rug, MSM will walk right by it.

Now, if David Duke was just in the same city as a Tea Party rally, look out!

Both are despicable people but the press only bleieves that Duke is despicable.

bluemarlin on October 30, 2010 at 5:28 PM

The ultimate irony of the day.

A Jew presenting a Hamas supporter on stage.

oy vay

tru2tx on October 30, 2010 at 5:19 PM

tru2tx:Almost on the irony thingy!!:)
===========================================================

“Rally to Resore Sanity” Pledges to “Strictly Prohibit Filming” at National Mall

Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive.

There’s the real irony: While this rally seeks to make fun of Tea Party activists who advocate for freedom, Comedy Central is looking to tightly control the event as much as possible. Lame.
==================

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f08_1288430222&c=1

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:29 PM

JammieWearingFool on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

…you always come through right on target….

But you have to remember….when liberals compare people to nazis and call for their deaths….it’s “speaking truth to power”.

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Hey Jon Stewart, guess what? Yusuf Islam would gladly decapitate you in keeping with his religious beliefs, were he given the directive to do so. Congratulations, you insipid, ignorant child.

MadisonConservative on October 30, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Hey Cat, go f*** Yusuf.

pain train on October 30, 2010 at 5:32 PM

But remember, this was a “non-political” rally.

JammieWearingFool on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Meanwhile, there were no such signs at Beck’s rally, and no booing whenever the president was mentioned. In fact, I think it was expressed that we should “pray for him and his safety”. Again to no boos. Yet, Beck’s rally was demonstration of raw political hate.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 5:32 PM

In other words, he wasn’t joking at all — which he himself later confirmed. When confronted with a choice between freedom of speech and homicidal religious zealotry, Cat Stevens chose the latter.

He said some dumb things more than two decades ago while trying to reconcile religious texts to current life. Fortunately, Christians have progressed beyond that.

Ozzy has mumbled a few irresponsible thoughts in his life too, but both musicians were there as stunt casting in a comedy bit. If they were addressing the crowd directly your point might carry more weight.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

When Jon Stewart introduced him, and later at the end of the rally, Stewart called him simply “Yusef.” He never said Yusef’s full name, Yusef Islam.

mydh12 on October 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

15 Most Bizarre Photos From Jon Stewart’s Rally You’ll Never See in Legacy Media

tetriskid on October 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

tetriskid: I notice the sign,from NAMBLA,sickening!:)
=====================================================

“The On-Line Voice of the North American Man/Boy Love Association”

http://www.nambla.org/

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Most signs fit with the happy-go-lucky ethos of the rally, but others were crude. One sign had Hitler mustaches on pictures of Sarah Palin, Eric Cantor, Glenn Beck and John Boehner. The message said, “Afraid yet?” This is particularly insulting to Cantor, who is Jewish and in line to become House Majority Leader if Republicans win next week.

But remember, this was a “non-political” rally.

JammieWearingFool on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Anti-semitism started coming back with the support for Intifadas against Israel, and has progressed like a boulder down the side of a mountain. Were this the 1930s, these same swine would be the types arguing that we shouldn’t interfere in European matters.

MadisonConservative on October 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

He said some dumb things more than two decades ago while trying to reconcile religious texts to current life. Fortunately, Christians have progressed beyond that.

Ozzy has mumbled a few irresponsible thoughts in his life too, but both musicians were there as stunt casting in a comedy bit. If they were addressing the crowd directly your point might carry more weight.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Are you serious? You’re chalking up his quite plainly stated opinions about whether an author should be killed for blasphemy, at a televised political roundtable, to “stunt casting in a comedy bit”?

Did you forget your sarc tag?

MadisonConservative on October 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM

15 Most Bizarre Photos From Jon Stewart’s Rally You’ll Never See in Legacy Media

tetriskid on October 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Great link…
….yea liberals, let’s “stop the hate”…..

I love the anti-war protesters there supporting their liberal hero:

..Indefinite detention loving…..
………Rendition practicing…..
……………….Wire tapping……..
………………………Village Bombing….

Chicken Hawk President Obama.

Got to look and laugh at this liberal circle jerk that constituents the base of the democratic party.

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Didn`t he also write a song named “I love my dog”? Bet those lyrics go over well with the Imams.

bluemarlin on October 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

ViaCom, Stewart and Colbert just hope that the Muslims will come for them LAST.

GarandFan on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

They probably will as they are the very least intelligent of infidels.

Luka on October 30, 2010 at 5:39 PM

When Jon Stewart introduced him, and later at the end of the rally, Stewart called him simply “Yusef.” He never said Yusef’s full name, Yusef Islam.

mydh12 on October 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

It’s how the musician is marketing himself.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

“The On-Line Voice of the North American Man/Boy Love Association”

http://www.nambla.org/

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

You got that right Canopfor….

The sickest of the sick and supported fully by the democratic party.

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

He said some dumb things more than two decades ago while trying to reconcile religious texts to current life. Fortunately, Christians have progressed beyond that.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

So you’d be ready to forgive David Duke?

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 5:41 PM

That was painful. At least as bad as I thought it would be. A stupid profanation of our national mall.

paul1149 on October 30, 2010 at 5:43 PM

They booked Cat Stevens because Osama Bin Laden’s agent was asking too much for an appearance.

Emperor Norton on October 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Nah , Bin Laden knew they would bomb.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Fixed

29Victor on October 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Spits on sidewalk

Limerick on October 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM
===============================
You got that right Canopfor….

The sickest of the sick and supported fully by the democratic party.

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Baxter Greene: I cannot understand how that site is allowed
on the net,I’m pretty sure,here in Canada,
that site would be shut down,and some form
of child pornography type charges would be
laid,(didn’t mean for the pun)!!:)

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Spits on sidewalk

Limerick on October 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Limerick: Yes,in a nut shell!:)

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:51 PM

What makes you think I am part of either one? You misread my quote.
ClassicCon on October 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Whatevs. Gen-X? Y? Z? Something younger than old hipster.

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:52 PM

comments were taken out of context.

Along with “perfect storm”, THE most overused phrase in the language right now.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Restoring Denial

dont taze me bro on October 30, 2010 at 5:55 PM

More negative reaction here and here.

Buy Danish on October 30, 2010 at 5:56 PM

He said some dumb things more than two decades ago while trying to reconcile religious texts to current life. Fortunately, Christians have progressed beyond that.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Yea…he was just a guy in the neighborhood…..

Sending money to Hamas is a lot more than “saying some dumb things”…….

The same people who cry “racism” because they saw a rebel flag at a Tea Party somewhere have no problem supporting:

The Klansman Sen. Robert Byrd…..

…….The marxist domestic terrorist Bill Ayers…..

…………The nazi supporting George Soros……

……………..Anit-military/Socialist groups like code pink and international answer that have no problem financing the terrorist that are killing our Soldiers…..

…………………Truther’s like Van Jones,Barbara Streisand,Rosie O’Donell,Charlie Sheen……

………Propaganda film makers like Micheal Moore and Oliver Stone.

liberals are the last people in a position to talk about “restoring sanity”…….

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Do as I sing, not as I say?

oakland on October 30, 2010 at 5:58 PM

liberals are the last people in a position to talk about “restoring sanity”…….

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:57 PM

True. I’ll take insanity, thanks.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Are you serious? You’re chalking up his quite plainly stated opinions about whether an author should be killed for blasphemy, at a televised political roundtable, to “stunt casting in a comedy bit”?

MadisonConservative on October 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM

It isn’t my chalking since both happened. The Rushdie incident is 20 years old. Rock musicians often get their thoughts jumbled–though reconciling scripture to modern problems is especially tough. Since 1989 he’s distanced himself from the remarks. His comments following 9/11, condemning the attacks, deserve some credit when one asks “where are the Muslim critics of terror”.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Restoring Hate

Kini on October 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Silence! I kill you, rally.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM

He said some dumb things more than two decades ago while trying to reconcile religious texts to current life. Fortunately, Christians have progressed beyond that.

yep, it’s exactly the same thing. You hear Christian converts calling for the murder of muslim apostates all the time.

WitchDoctor on October 30, 2010 at 6:04 PM

The Rushdie incident is 20 years old.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

I’ll bet Rushdie remembers it like it was yesterday.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Beck’s Restoring Honor Crowd vs. Stewart’s Restoring Sanity Crowd – Photo Comparison

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/10/beck-crowd-versus-stewart-crowd-photo-comparison/

lovingmyUSA on October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

t isn’t my chalking since both happened. The Rushdie incident is 20 years old. Rock musicians often get their thoughts jumbled–though reconciling scripture to modern problems is especially tough. Since 1989 he’s distanced himself from the remarks. His comments following 9/11, condemning the attacks, deserve some credit when one asks “where are the Muslim critics of terror”.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

He never “distanced himself” from the “remarks” , he’s denying them.

How’s that whitewashing going for you.

the_nile on October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

So you’d be ready to forgive David Duke?

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 5:41 PM

If his regrettable statements were 20 years in the past, I might listen to one of his 3-minute songs. Does he sing?

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

lovingmyUSA on October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Y’all check out the circles under the pics to show the area taken up…

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

If his regrettable statements were 20 years in the past, I might listen to one of his 3-minute songs. Does he sing?

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Uh-huh. And his presence on the stage at Beck’s rally jamming to “Peace Train” wouldn’t have tarnished the event at all.

Face it, the libs just can’t do ANYthing right.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM

…How does anyone maintain any credibility by staging a huge rally based on “restoring sanity” and pushing a narrative of riding on the “peace train” by making a terrorist sympathizer,financier,and fatwa supporter a star of your show?????

They should call their next rally “restoring credibility”.

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Typical of most of their current problems that are the residue of:

Ignoring inconvenient facts,
Inability (or refusal) to foresee the potential of unintended consequences,
Assuming the diversity of their insane positions indicate a solid majority,
Arrogantly insisting that any dissent is the result of ignorance, or racism, or both.

I could go on but I’m quite sure that you and most everyone here could as well.

Although they thought they were successfully (and desperately) rallying their base, they failed to recognize the damage that this fiasco would do to their already dismal reputation with the always critical center.

ontherocks on October 30, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Beck’s Restoring Honor Crowd vs. Stewart’s Restoring Sanity Crowd – Photo Comparison

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/10/beck-crowd-versus-stewart-crowd-photo-comparison/

lovingmyUSA on October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

lovingmyUSA:Wow,btw,good intel work!:)

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Y’all check out the circles under the pics to show the area taken up…

ladyingray on October 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Well, there was a big crowd there for the Stewart thing, bigger than I expected. But the message of the whole thing was to goof on Beck. Pretty much a waste.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 6:11 PM

I’ll bet Rushdie remembers it like it was yesterday.

ddrintn on October 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

I saw Padma Lakshmi a few months ago in London. Rushdie had two good reasons not to leave the house.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Wait till Pamela Geller hears about this.

Emperor Norton on October 30, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Stewart and Colbert are supposed to be funny men? That was so horribly lame.

bayview on October 30, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Baxter Greene: I cannot understand how that site is allowed
on the net,I’m pretty sure,here in Canada,
that site would be shut down,and some form
of child pornography type charges would be
laid,(didn’t mean for the pun)!!:)

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 5:51 PM

It is absolutely sick…..

But hey…democrats love it….they even make supporters of it Czars:

Fistgate: Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar’s 2000 Conference Promoted “Fisting” to 14 Year-Olds (audio-video)

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 12:15 PM
Jim Hoft
http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/12/fistgate-barack-obamas-safe-schools-czar-promoted-fisting-to-14-year-olds/

Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Recently he was appointed by the Obama administration to run the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools in the US Department of Education. In 2007 Kevin Jennings was paid $273,573.96 as the executive director of GLSEN.
In 2000 GLSEN held a conference that was not so much about tolerance as it was about teaching children about sex. In this clip GLSEN activists promote “fisting” to 14 year olds

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….and look at the reading list that Obama’s “school czar” promotes…..promotes to our children:


Breaking: Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom– Kevin Jennings and the GLSEN Reading List

Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:13 AM
Jim Hoft
http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/12/breaking-obamas-safe-schools-czar-is-promoting-porn-in-the-classroom-kevin-jennings-and-the-glsen-reading-list/

“Yes We Can!!!”

….but hey….no problem right….just relax….chill….don’t give into the fear…..Obama is doing a great job……

Baxter Greene on October 30, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Rock musicians often get their thoughts jumbled–though reconciling scripture to modern problems is especially tough.

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

“I would hope that it would be the real thing” is getting your thoughts jumbled? It was a verbal stumble? He didn’t wish that an author who criticized his religion would be burned to death?

I’m rather shocked that you would actually propose such candid dismissal.

MadisonConservative on October 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM

I think muslims should not be allowed to board airliners, join the military or reside in the United States. But I’m joking. HAHAHAHA. Please don’t take my comments out of context.

Cicero43 on October 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM

If his regrettable statements were 20 years in the past, I might listen to one of his 3-minute songs. Does he sing?

dedalus on October 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Endorsement of murder for blasphemy is a little different from biting the head off bat, dude. It’s not regrettable. Entertainers say stupid crap about politicians, not call for the slaughter of critics of their religion. Night and day.

MadisonConservative on October 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM

How did I know that it was Cat Stevens~ HAA

hawkman on October 30, 2010 at 6:22 PM

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