Video: Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, on Salman Rushdie in 1989

Here’s Live Earth hero Yusuf Islam showing just how peaceful that peace train of his is, endorsing the murder of Salman Rushdie while the cretins around him cower silently. The transcript of this has existed on Wikipedia for awhile but this is the first time I’ve seen the actual footage.

Maybe Yusuf, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has since seen the light and given up his Rushdie death wish? Could be — but if so, unlike Ayaan Hirsi Ali, he’s keeping it to himself:

Because he refuses to talk about the quotes attributed to him during the Salman Rushdie furore, it’s impossible to discover whether his views on that fatwa have moderated. Rushdie, writing to The Sunday Telegraph in response to an article that played down Yusuf’s part in the controversy, quoted from The New York Times in which Yusuf apparently said that burning “the real thing” would be preferable to burning effigies of the writer. Signing off, the author then added: “Let’s have no more rubbish about how ‘green’ and ‘innocent’ this man was.”

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