So Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is touring Australia. Well, I hope he has a lovely time. Ticket prices are not atypical, but certainly pretty steep:
For those sorts of prices, you could buy nearly all of Salman Rushdie’s novels.
Or this many copies of The Satanic Verses:
And really, until he properly apologises for his stupid comments about Rushdie…
Robertson: You don’t think that this man deserves to die?
Y. Islam: Who, Salman Rushdie?
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 a 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
…that’s what I’d rather spend my money on.