In case you missed it, two lightweights, Stewart and Colbert, held a rally in DC yesterday. The attendance was helped by astroturfing measures and personally endorsed by none other than Barack Obama, but still didn’t hold a candle to Beck’s
10-2-10 8-28-10 Restoring Honor rally.
It was such a moderate, anti-radical rally that it invited a well-known mohammedan who supported the fatwah on Salman Rushdie and the murder of anyone who would dare disrespect Mohammed (the pedophile who created Islam out of whole cloth and married a six-year-old girl but chose not to have relations with her until she was nine years old).
From Patterico’s Pontifications:
my jaw dropped wide open when Stewart introduced a man named “Yusuf.” That would be Yusuf Islam, the man formerly known as Cat Stevens, who then played a rendition of his song “Peace Train.”
That would be the same Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens who endorsed the Fatwah against Salman Rushdie. For instance, the New York Times reported (registration required) as follows in 1989:
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.
That would be the same Yusuf Islam that Charles Johnson (in his sane period) quoted as saying: “The Qur’an makes it clear, if someone defames the Prophet, then he must die.” (As of this writing, Johnson has made no mention of Stevens/Islam’s presence at the rally. Color me surprised.) This is the same Yusuf Islam who threatened Farrukh Dhondy:
In the first week of the fatwa against Rushdie and his book, I [Dhondy] appeared on a television panel. Among the Muslim panelists, all of whom favored condemning the book, were two zealots: the same Kalim Siddiqui; and Yusuf Islam, the Muslim convert pop singer of Greek Cypriot origin formerly known as Cat Stevens. The moderator asked if, in my role as a commissioning editor of Channel 4 UK, I would contemplate turning The Satanic Verses into a film. I said that I would judge the cinematic merits of the script, and that no other consideration would rule it out. Kalim Siddiqui and Yusuf Islam snarled, warning that the sentence of death on Rushdie would extend to all those who forwarded his book in any way.
And this ___hole is in the rally to restore sanity?!
Salman Rushdie wrote to the UK Telegraph about this man the Restoring Vanity rally had on stage.
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
Ed Driscoll has the video of Cat Stevens being vile.
So those on stage couldn’t exactly be considered moderates since they had a radical extremist on stage with them. How about the crowd (which was far and away smaller than the Restoring Honor crowd)?
Jim Treacher quotes the New York Times.
NYT finds honest-to-Jon moderate attending the Rally to Annoy Beck Back
Or… do they? From yesterday’s story titled, “Jon Stewart and His Rally May Shun Politics, but Attendees Are Embracing It”:
Jon Stewart insists that his “Rally to Restore Sanity” planned for the National Mall on Saturday is not political. But just about everything surrounding the event is.
Interviews with some of the tens of thousands of people expected to attend suggest that they want a message, not a simple comedy show. Liberal groups like Media Matters and Naral Pro-Choice America will be out in force to attract new members and even Organizing for America, President Obama’s political organization, wants to draw attendees to phone banks set up near the Mall.
Tracie Lewis Kinard, 36, from Mobile, Ala., said that when she heard about the rally, “I felt like my way of thinking was finally being represented.”
She is spending about $750 on a flight and two nights at a hotel. It is worth it, she said. “For one moment, the moderates will be the news.”
Look at all that leftist recruitment work! And that “moderate” woman? Eh, not so much. As Mr Treacher found so easily, she’s no moderate.
If you don’t have a problem with illegal immigration, you’re no moderate. You’re a flaming leftist. And if the New York Times thinks she’s a moderate, that only serves to prove how far to the left of center the NYT actually is. (Not that any thinking person would believe otherwise.) But that’s just one person, right?
Is that a communist recruiting at the Restoring Vanity rally? Why, yes. Yes, that is.
If NAMBLA is centrist, this nation has more problems than I thought. American Power has many more pictures of the supposedly centrist, lovey-dovey crowd. And, no, I don’t think I need to be joining their leftist forces anytime within the next 100 centuries.