“I shall not cease from mental strife
nor shall my pen sleep in my hand
till Rushdie has a right to life
and books aren’t burned or banned”
The late, great Christopher Hitchens once said that religion makes morally normal people say and do disgusting and wicked things. As if on a one man crusade to prove this point conclusively, the artist formally known as Cat Stevens appeared on a BBC panel show in 1989 called Hypotheticals espousing his desire that a British citizen be murdered for the crime of blasphemy.