2am and I am more than half-awake. I was pretty tired and sore earlier, so I popped a vicodin to get my thru the nite, unfortunately the damn things seem to have the opposite effect than on the common man and instead of making me drowsy, they prevent sleep from embracing me. I was flipping channels looking for something to watch when I stopped on one because Black Sabbath were on. With Ozzy, the real Black Sabbath. It turned out I was on a religious station and this was a special entitled They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll 2. This was a documentary on how basically all forms of popular rock music was somehow linked to satan and full of impure and evil messages. They were showing song lyrics and informing the viewers on how wrong these messages were. The thing that sickened me was in many cases they were taking things so far out of context that it was obvious they were just reaching to try and find anything to add to their list. Aside from the obvious targets such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, AC/DC and Marilyn Manson, they went so far as to point “god’s finger” at Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguillera and the Spice Girls! Mostly they were attempting to say how these artists have sold out to the fiery master in order to become popular and that they are trying to spread the evil words of big red. They also managed to throw in some of their propaganda about how lesbianism is wrong and was encouraged by the Spice Girls. They also got their obligatory anti-abortion spiel in, this time comparing abortion to the killing of the children by the Nazi’s during the holocaust. The whole show was just so insulting and offending to me, and I’m sure anyone with a spat of common sense. After showing these clips and excerpts of lyrics, they were sure to sprinkle in some bible quotes because I am sure they were afraid that their viewers might start to succumb to the evil if they didn’t have some bible passages to cleanse the pallets.
I had the good fortune to have been raised completely free from religion. My parents were from two opposing religious backgrounds and by the time they hooked up, neither was practicing whatever the religions that were imposed on them by their parents. In fact, the only times I ever had to go to church was when I was dating “the ex-wife” (DNP – Jah’s sister) and she used to make me go with her all the time. She went to a catholic church. The whole thing just seemed like such a scam. They sing these songs, the fellow in the robe tells some stories and then they pass around the basket and ask you for money. They try and make you feel guilty for anything you could possibly have derived any pleasure from, then they ask you for some cash. Organized religion to me all just seems like a front to try and guilt people out of their cash and make them afraid. Look, I don’t know what happens when you die. I don’t know if there is a god or a devil. I don’t know if there is a heaven or a hell. Sometimes I think this is hell, sometimes I think that we’re not in hell but you can see it from here. But one thing I do know, with all the kid touching going on in the church, they have no ground to judge people making music and try and twist their words around and take them out of context just to “enlighten” (ie: convert/brainwash) people into joining their cause when really they are just trying to bilk them out of their hard earned cash. When are we gonna see the documentary on homosexual kid-touching priests and how they are wrong?! I bet right around the time that “hell” freezes over.
And as a disclaimer. Just because I don’t subscribe to any religion, doesn’t mean I think any less of anyone who does. If you get something out of going to whatever church it is you go to and feel it somehow enhances your life, then good for you. To each his own. You can go to mass, I’ll go to the record store, we can still coexist. I just don’t want to turn the channel and see some bullshit special on how rock music (even the shitty stuff like the boy bands) is corrupting the world. Did rock music make those priests diddle small boys? Did god? Everyone is so quick to point the finger at things like movies and music for corrupting the youth, but why not look at the parents? They are supposed to be raising the kids. Why not look at the church itself, in a lot of cases these days it sounds like there is plenty of corruption going on there as well.
I need something to bring me down from the vicodin!