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09/22/2004 Archived Entry: "Yusef Islam (aka Cat Stevens) denied entry to U.S."

YUSEF ISLAM GOT ON THE PLANE IN LONDON. He was headed for Washington, D.C. But mid-flight, U.S. officials decided he was on the secret no-fly list. They diverted the plane to Maine, met Mr. Islam, and denied him entry to the U.S.

Saved again from the ravages of terrorism, right? Well, only if you believe we need saving from peace activist Yusef Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. Stevens is "guilty" of saying, "No right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action [the 9-11 hijackings]: The Quran equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity." And, "Crimes against innocent bystanders taken hostage in any circumstance have no foundation whatsoever in the life of Islam." And he's "guilty" of actively opposing Bush's war in Iraq -- which is most likely the real thing that got him on the keep-out-of-America list.

This entire administration has gone nuts. Dangerously nuts. But perhaps I'm doing a disservice to mental patients the world over by comparing them to these bozos with badges.

(Tks for another one, Rick!)

Posted by Claire @ 04:58 AM CST

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