posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 11:18 AM
Here's what Wikipedia has to say.
Salman Rushdie controversy
Main article: Cat Stevens' comments about Salman Rushdie
The singer attracted controversy in 1989, during an address to students at London's Kingston University, where he was asked about the fatwa calling
for the death of author Salman Rushdie. The media interpreted his response as support for the fatwa. Yusuf released a statement the following day
denying that he supported vigilantism, and claiming that he had merely recounted the legal Islamic punishment for blasphemy. In a BBC interview, he
displayed a newspaper clipping from that time period, which quotes from his statement. Subsequent comments made by him in 1989 on a British television
programme were also seen as being in support of the fatwa. In a statement in the FAQ section of one of his web sites, Yusuf asserted that while he
regretted the comments, he was joking and that the show was improperly edited. In the years since these comments, he has repeatedly denied ever
calling for the death of Rushdie or supporting the fatwa.