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Music Monday: Cat Stevens - “Peace Train”

April 22, 2013

Once upon a time there was a peaceful man that went by the name Cat Stevens (O.K. that is kind of a lie, his old old name was Steven Demetre Georgiou) who, as far as I know, didn’t think that people should be killed for writing blasphemous books. He made a lot of money singing about a lot of things, but one of the songs he was most known for, “Peace Train,” had a truly humanistic message. 

And then religion happened. This particular dogmatic rule-following mind virus of a religion was/is called Islam and it made Cat say and do some awful things—I’m fairly confident he changed his name to Yusuf Islam because of it too, but that’s unimportant. It possibly made him do some good things too, but I honestly don’t think he needed the mind virus to do those. I mean, he wrote “Peace Train” prior to infection for goodness sake!

Anyway, he has since said some awful things about Salman Rushdie and then lied about them. He also has a weird policy about unveiled women. But that’s religion for you, I suppose. At least we got “Peace Train” before his better nature was shadowed by his submission to Islam. 

As always, if you get a chance, send your suggestions for future Music Mondays to me at, leave a comment below, or @tweet us at @CFIOnCampus. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Spofity playlist that anyone can listen to.    




About the Author: Cody Hashman

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Cody Hashman is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Psychology, where he was the co-founder and president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers.




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