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PS Just had this message from Rushdie: “I’ve always liked Stewart and Colbert but what on earth was Cat Yusuf Stevens Islam doing on that stage? If he’s a “good Muslim” like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar then I’m the Great Pumpkin. Happy Halloween.”
A few years ago I saw a documentary on TV. They had Stephens talking about how naive he was and how he never really wanted Rushdie dead. Interesting the bloodthirsty quotes they never mentioned – I was given the impression that he gave a “yes” to a single question and regretted the headlines they gave the next day.