Originally Posted by wonkishere
You may not be aware of it, but you are participating in spreading a lie. Cat Stevens and Salman Rushdie actually know each other and associate with one another. What happened is that a journalist with a spin to the right asked him to take a position on the fatwa, and he sarcastically stated he was all for it, and slammed his door in his face. The commentator printed it as though it were a serious response, though he probably knew it wasn't.
Since then Stevens has again and again repeated that he doesn't want Salman Rushdie killed, and in fact doesn't want anyone killed. If you've heard him speak about his opinions in general, you'd know the whole thing is absurd. He is a very modern man who generally advocates for peace. It would be strangely out of character for him to speak in favor of assassination.
I actually don't like his music, but whenever people print this stuff I feel like I need to correct it. You are spreading false information.
I don't mean to take the thread any further off course, but I'd like a bit of clarification on where you derive the above information from, if you wouldn't mind. I have by no means kept up with this, but this is the first I've heard of such, and it doesn't agree with the things which I have, from time to time, come across when the subject arose. Their accuracy isn't always reliable, but here's what Wikipedia has on the subject, with citations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Ste...e#cite_note-14
If Rushdie's own words as quoted here disagree with the information provided in the earlier post, obviously something is awry. The question is: which is the more accurate on this issue? I am honestly asking because, it having come up in this fashion, I'd really like to know....