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Debbie Schlussel Declares that Pete Seeger Has Gone to Hell and was the “Halal” Muslim Type. Moral High Ground?

Debbie Schlussel on Pete Seeger’s death:

It’s yet more proof of Billy Joel’s trademark song, “Only the Good Die Young,” as Pete Seeger is dead at age 94…. The only surprise for me about this stale refugee from the folk/hippie/yippie crowd is that he did not convert to Islam. He was definitely a halal granola type–a fruit, a nut, and a flake. If Barack Obama had a White grandfather . . . oh, wait!

Seeger protested with the Occupy crowd (and now Occupy Hell has a new leader).

This is what Pete Seeger had to say during his lifetime, written right on his banjo:

Pete Seeger's Banjo: This Machine Surrenders Hate and Forces it to Surrender

Who has the moral high ground here? You be the judge.

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there;
You’ll either be a union man,
Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

5 comments to Debbie Schlussel Declares that Pete Seeger Has Gone to Hell and was the “Halal” Muslim Type. Moral High Ground?

  • Bill

    The only thing Brit Hume and I have in common is clutching pathetically at the “muscular” man’s man stereotype…which is to say, I’m not much of a crier. But I actually did tear up this morning when I read of Pete’s passing. I wonder who will cry when Debbie Schlussel dies…whoever the hell she is.

    Thanks, Pete; job well done, man. Say ‘hi’ to Woody for me.

  • Jim Cook

    Pete Seeger lived long enough to inspire many generations. I’ve seen him in concert and I’ve heard his voice at protest. You couldn’t help but notice that he didn’t give a hoot whether you thought he was being hokey. He felt what he felt and he thought what he thought and he had the courage to avoid cynicism and irony and come right out, honest and raw. Pete Seeger had the courage to sing even though his voice warbled on occasion, and he had the spirit to get others to sing out even when their voices shook. I will miss his presence, but l’m not going to be one of those who will say, “What will the world do without Pete Seeger?” Pete Seeger wouldn’t stand for it. He would say, “Pick up your own gol-darned banjo and turn to Page 76 in the Rise Up Singing Songbook!”

  • Tom

    Events like this, the death of a well-known folk singer, have the affect of raising memories of old concerts and the way the world felt way back when because of people like him, Peter, Paul and Mary, and many others who sang a truth to the audience that life can be whatever way we want it to become if we’d just live it. People swayed, held hands and smiled with a warm glow of friendship and cooperation in trying to change the world into something better, if only in our minds. I miss that.

  • Tom

    Sure wish we had listened to his lyrics and paid heed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX3ljsKF6bQ#t=41

    PETE SEEGER – Garbage (lyrics included, 1996)

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