For those of you unfamiliar with good ol' Yusie, he's a peace-loving follower of the peace-loving religion of the peace-loving prophet (not pictured here, here or here), Mohammed. Hey, don't listen to me, read a bit of his reaction to Salman Rushdie at the outset of the peace-loving people's death fatwa against him for the "Satanic Verses" as then reported in the NY Times:
"In Islam there is a line between let's say freedom and the line which is then transgressed into immorality and irresponsibility and I think as far as this writer is concerned, unfortunately, he has been irresponsible with his freedom of speech. Salman Rushdie or indeed any writer who abuses the prophet, or indeed any prophet, under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death. It's got to be seen as a deterrent, so that other people should not commit the same mistake again."Well after a bunch of diversity non-celebrating right wing nutjobs in need of sanity took that quote entirely out of context, Yusef explained it all later that he was new to Islam at the time and just stating a fact, much the same way that a new student of Christianity might cite some of the more punitive scriptures:
"At a lecture, back in 1989, I was asked a question about blasphemy according to Islamic Law, I simply repeated the legal view according to my limited knowledge of the Scriptural texts, based directly on historical commentaries of the Qur'an."See? Nothing at all un-peace-loving about the prior quote that specifically mentioned "Salman Rushdie [then under an actual death fatwa] or indeed any writer who abuses the prophet"...having to see sentences of death as "a deterrent so that other people should not commit the same mistake again." Yep, just citing the specific doctrine of the peace-loving religion and making absolutely no ties to specific people committing specific acts of "let's say freedom" in modern times. Hey, still not convinced? You must be one tough Infidel in search of sanity. Okay, watch this and try not to be convinced (ad during first 10 or so seconds--resist temptation to press 1 for english):
The Satanic Verses Affair (7/9)
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See? Your fear was merely an illusion created by the under-eductated right wing nutjobs. Won't you join us for our Islam Under-Appreciation Ceremony at the end of our Rally to Restore Sanity? Please remove your shoes and kneel on a carpet (hemp preferred) facing Mecca. And don't let all those reports of bombs being placed on planes Friday distract you from your respectful reflection of our nation's injustices to our friends like Yusef.