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Music is a large part of my life. When I was a "believer" I was involved in the church (and associated Christian school) band and choir and have always had an ear for music. I am still very keen of music and have found plenty of music that encourages me in my religious and political convictions. Some music that I will post links to may be more politically motivated than anti-religiously motivated but that's due to my assumption that the majority of ex-Christians are more socially liberal than Christians ("One nation under God" for example). Feedback would be great.

 

NoFX -- "You're Wrong"

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I just came across another. The video itself is pretty awful but the lyrics are what counts. Check it out.

 

NoFX -- "I'm Going to Hell For This One"

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Can't offer vids for these ones (though I'm pretty sure you'll find at least the one for the second track if you're willing to use... less than legal means... ;) ), but two songs that have made a great impression on me and that might well have helped be in deconversion if I'd been a bona fide fundy before are these:

 

Inkubus Sukkubus "Church of Madness"

 

"...A new dark age descending it's Torquemada's dream

Liberty lies raped crushed broken neath the christian war machine

Nation after nation falling in the shadow of the christian sword

With death they bring the lore of "love"..."

(darkest cynism about jebus-centered morontheism... not surprising considering the title of the album is "Wytches" ;) )

 

Oomph "Gott ist ein Popstar" (gawd is a popstar):

 

It's not that much the lyrics but the video... comparing the jebus cultists and their idols to a herd of sheep, herded by the grim reaper in person. A wonderful and fitting symbol.

That song actually spawned quite some heated discussion here in Germany when it came out last year and reminded our judges that we do have an "anti-blasphemy" law somewhere lying around and - normally - collecting dust... :fdevil:

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Genesis: "Talking to Jesus."

Pet Shop boys: "It's a sin."

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I'm putting together an iTunes playlist along these lines. It's titled "Blasphemy" and so far it has the following songs, in no particular order yet:

 

"Superstition", Stevie Wonder

"God", Tori Amos

"Imagine", John Lennon

"Losing My Religion", REM

"One of Us", Joan Osborne

"We're All Going to Hell", Bastard Fairies

"The Magdalene Laundries", Joni Mitchell

"Icicle", Tori Amos

"If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out", Cat Stevens

"Church of England", Eddie Izzard

"God Will Fuck You Up", John R. Butler

"Jesus He Knows Me", Genesis

"Blasphemous Rumours", Depeche Mode

"Personal Jesus", Marilyn Manson (cover of original Depeche Mode song)

 

I'd really like to get John Lennon's "God" on there too, but I'm having a hard time finding it.

 

I add to it every so often. I should seriously put some Carlin on there, and maybe some Ani DiFranco.

 

The Cat Stevens song is an odd choice, but I put it on there for the sense of personal freedom it encourages - something religions definitely don't like. I'll probably put other sort of freethinking happy songs on there too.

 

Anyway.

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Music is a large part of my life. When I was a "believer" I was involved in the church (and associated Christian school) band and choir and have always had an ear for music. I am still very keen of music and have found plenty of music that encourages me in my religious and political convictions. Some music that I will post links to may be more politically motivated than anti-religiously motivated but that's due to my assumption that the majority of ex-Christians are more socially liberal than Christians ("One nation under God" for example). Feedback would be great.

 

NoFX -- "You're Wrong"

 

Rush - Freewill is a perennial favorite. There are others, but that's the one that resonates the most with me.

 

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill

I will choose the path that's clear

I will choose freewill

 

(full lyrics here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/freewill_20119963.html)

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A Perfect Circle - Judith

Marylin Manson - The Beautiful People

Tool - Sober (if you pay attention carefully, you can tell he's talking about religion in general, not alcohol)

 

Some of mine :)

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Great submissions, everyone.

 

Here's another pick of mine from my favorite band of all time. Their entire catalog is amazing. It's incredible to think that they've been playing for almost three decades and still put out amazingly powerful works. Plus, it's intelligent music... not just random shit that happens to rhyme.

 

Bad Religion -- "God's Love"

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So what? - Crass

 

Moral Majority - Dead Kennedys

 

Filler - Minor Threat

 

Hell Fudge - Lard

 

This is religion - Public Image Limited

 

Dear God - XTC

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So what? - Crass

 

Moral Majority - Dead Kennedys

 

Filler - Minor Threat

 

Hell Fudge - Lard

 

This is religion - Public Image Limited

 

Dear God - XTC

Fantastic submissions. By offering up NoFX and BR, I was hoping to entice some to listen to them and give them a chance since they are more "mainstream" punk rock and aren't nearly as hard to acquire a taste for as Crass or Dead Kennedys, for instance. Your submissions are the beginning of a great Anti-church comp CD. Thanks!

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Opiate, by Tool is a good one.

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Todd Rundgren - Liars

 

Afterlife: It's not enough anymore to be good in this life

They say you've got to be sure so you can sleep at night

The only love that endures gives up without a fight

The only love that endures in the afterlife

Kiss it all goodbye

It was just a clever lie

 

 

God Said: You are not serving me, you're serving something else

Cause I don't need to be pleased, just get over yourself

You can't suck up to me, I know you all too well

But I don't dwell upon you, so get over yourself

Cause you're not praying to me, you're praying to yourself

And you're not worshipping me you're worshipping yourself

And you will kill in my name and heaven knows what else

When you can't prove I exist so get over yourself

 

 

Mammon: It's been a long, long time since you faced the truth

You haven't heard the voice of god since your wasted youth

Faith of your father, holy faith

In the dollar almighty and the tithing plate

 

And, I agree with Rush.

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What about "Dear Jesus" by Jesse James?

I wish I could find it in mp3 format, though. >.<

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Ooh, just thought of a few more:

 

"Forgiven", Alanis Morrisette (particularly for ex-Catholics)

"Hell is for Children", Pat Benatar

"Vatican Rag", Tom Lehrer

"Adam & Eve", Ani diFranco

"Banging in the Nails", the Tiger Lillies

"Salvation", the Tiger Lillies

 

Actually, the Tiger Lillies have quite a few tremendously blasphemous songs - "Hell", "Jesus", "Mary Magdalene", and a number of songs on The Brothel to the Cemetery and Death and the Bible.

 

Evanescence has some good songs too. And I suppose there's probably plenty of Pink Floyd that would fit the bill, in terms of commentary on general social numbing and the status quo.

 

It also occurs to me that, since I think Yahweh is a domestic abuser, any song about breaking free of a damaging relationship could be included in a set of songs about leaving bad religion.

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Well, here's the contents of my Blasphemix playlist in iTunes, omitting the ones that have already been mentioned. ;)

 

Book Smart, Street Stupid - Sarah Slean

Pilgrim - Sarah Slean

Lucky Me - Sarah Slean

Last Year's War - Sarah Slean

God Must Be A Boogey Man - Joni Mitchell

Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joni Mitchell

Blood of Eden - Peter Gabriel

Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel

Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

Jig of Life - Kate Bush

Deus - The Sugarcubes

Let Go - Frou Frou

Sweet Religion - Imogen Heap

Angry Angel - Imogen Heap

Oh Me, Oh My - Imogen Heap

Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls

Prince of Darkness - Indigo Girls

Galileo - Indigo Girls

Lost and Saved - Juliana Hatfield

Get Off Your Knees - Juliana Hatfield

Apocalypse Please - Muse

Sing for Absolution - Muse

Mefie-Toi - Mylene Farmer

Kathy's Song - Simon and Garfunkel

Father Lucifer - Tori Amos

Mohammed My Friend - Tori Amos

Happy Phantom - Tori Amos

Please - U2

Without Mythologies - The Weakerthans

 

****Edited to add: Original Sinsuality - Tori Amos, and Blessed - Simon and Garfunkel (HOW could I have forgotten this one?!)

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Actually, the Tiger Lillies have quite a few tremendously blasphemous songs - "Hell", "Jesus", "Mary Magdalene", and a number of songs on The Brothel to the Cemetery and Death and the Bible.

 

Evanescence has some good songs too. And I suppose there's probably plenty of Pink Floyd that would fit the bill, in terms of commentary on general social numbing and the status quo.

 

I thought Evanescence were Born Agains?

 

Also "Good Morning Beautiful" and "Armageddon Days Are Here Again" by The The are good ones.

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Oingo Boingo - Insanity

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For the rap heads...

 

Ras Kass- On Earth As It Is...

Ice Cube- When I Get To Heaven

*Any Immortal Technique

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Deicide-Scars of The Crucifix

Deicide-Homage For Satan

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chop suey-system of a down

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