Letter to the Editor
Singer Cat Stevens was “being followed by a Moonshadow” when his life became a “Wild World” – his plane was diverted to Maine and was denied entry into the United States for being on a government no fly list. Mr. Stevens will not be “Sitting” on the “Peace Train” once “Morning Has Broken”. The government, acting “Crazy” like a “Hard Headed Woman” has detained Mr. Stevens in the “Foriegner Suite” because he “Can’t keep it in” when it comes to his religious choices. He will be deported to some place like “Sweet Jamaica” before he spends “Another Saturday Night” in this country.
With the Patriot Act in place people like Stevens will no longer sing out if they want to sing out – and they will no longer be free if they want to be free. He will not find a new way and he definitely will not do it today. He might have got away with that when he was “Oh Very Young” but America is a different place today. We live in a world where we have surrendered our freedom for the illusion of security and concepts like peace, and freedom, and singing out, and speaking out, is no longer considered patriotic.