Fatwas

Rushdie Criticizes Jon Stewart

When Iran placed a fatwa on Salman Rushdie’s head for his book The Satanic Verses, the singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, said he supported the death sentence. Islam performed at Jon Stewart’s Rally for Sanity on Saturday, and Rushdie says that he was disappointed. “I spoke to Jon Stewart about Yusuf Islam’s appearance,” he says. “He said he was sorry it upset me, but really, it was plain that he was fine with it. Depressing.”