Rally to restore fatwas

At Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity”, one featured performer was Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, who is notorious for endorsing the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie:

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.

[Some minutes later, Robertson on the subject of an protest where an effigy of the author is to be burned]

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

Shortly thereafter, Stevens/Islam told the New York Times that he stood by his comments. (Now he claims he was only joking.)

This is what Stewart considers sanity?

POSTSCRIPT: The rally to restore smugness.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll has the video.

UPDATE: Jon Stewart reportedly stands by the decision to include Stevens.

UPDATE: The site with the article on Stewart standing by Stevens is down, but you can see the article in the Google cache.

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