UK: Converted singer Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) endorses the burning and death of writer Salman Rushdie in 1989 video

From a young, good looking, aspiring singer and songwriter…

From Tony Blair’s sister-in-law turning into a hate preacher after converting to Islam, to singer Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) – the ideology of Islam seem to be the right pill to cause mental madness. It doesn’t take long for people to become indoctrinated. Entangled in Islam, they soon get mentally poisoned and begin to promote violence and/or murder. This case is a perfect example:
Here is singer Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, from a 1989 BBC video clip heard supporting the burning and death sentence of writer Salman Rushdie after he published the critical book “Satanic verses”.
Cat Stevens says: “I tried to phone the Ayatolla Kohmeini to tell him exactly where this man (Salman Rushdie) is.
Q: Would you go to a demonstration if you knew that an effigy (of Salman Rushdie) was going to be burnt?
Cat Stevens: I would have hoped it would be the real thing (i.e Rushdie himself) but actually no, if it’s just an effigy I don’t think I’d be that moved to go there.

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… to an Islamic nutcase. That’s the effect of Islam.

Another cut of the same footage:
Q: You don’t think this man deserves to die?
Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam: Who? Salman Rushdie? Yes, yes.
Q: And do you have a duty to be his executioner?
Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam: No, not necessarily. Unless we were in an Islamic state and I was ordered, say by the judge, or by the authority to carry out such an act perhaps yes.

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May 27, 1989: 15,000 to 20,000 Muslims gather in Parliament Square in London burning Rushdie in effigy and calling for the novel’s banning. Why didn’t the immigration services deport them all already then? They would have had less problems today.

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Salman Rushdie comments about Yusuf Islam. “He is not a good guy. He hasn’t been Cat Stevens for a long time. He’s a different guy now (adays)”. Aired Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. 11:05 p.m. ET on CBC

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Note: In October 2004 the British newspapers The Sun and The Sunday Times voiced their support for Yusuf’s exclusion from the U.S., claiming that he had supported terrorism. Yusuf successfully sued for libel and received a substantial out-of-court financial settlement and apologies from the newspapers stating that he had never supported terrorism and acknowledging that he had recently been given a Man of Peace award from the private Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Committee. However The Sunday Times managing editor Richard Caseby said that while there was an “agreed settlement”, they “always denied liability” and “disagreed with Cat Stevens’ lawyers interpretation”, but took a “pragmatic view” of the lawsuit.

Antisemitism:  In January 2009, Yusuf released a charity song in aid of children in Gaza. He recorded a rendition of the George Harrison song “The Day the World Gets Round”, along with the German bassist Klaus Voorman, who formerly collaborated with The Beatles. Yusuf said that all proceeds from the song will be donated to the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, and to the nonprofit group Save the Children to be directed to aiding Gaza residents. Israeli Consul David Saranga criticised Yusuf for not dedicating the song to all of the children who are victims of the conflict, including Israeli children.

Misogyny: On 18 July 2008, Yusuf received substantial undisclosed damages from the World Entertainment News Network following their distribution of the false rumour that the singer did not speak to unveiled women. The allegations first surfaced in German newspaper B.Z. after Yusuf’s trip to Berlin in March 2007 to collect the Echo music award for “life achievements as musician and ambassador between cultures”.

Yusuf himself discusses this topic on his website, saying, “It’s true that I have asked my manager to respectfully request lady presenters refrain from embracing me when giving awards or during public appearances, but that has nothing to do with my feelings or respect for them. Islam simply requires me to honour the dignity of ladies or young girls who are not closely related to me, and avoid physical intimacy, however innocent it may be.”

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