- Aug 12, 2001
- Georgia, US
- Basic Beliefs
My mother wasn't at all hateful, nor was she trying to hurt anyone purposely. She never destroyed my radio or my little 45 vinyl collection of rock and roll, which I listened to in my bedroom. She was simply a victim of brainwashing, by a nasty fundamentalist Baptist church in New Jersey, that she started attending when I was about 4. Character is more important than beliefs. it's the extremist Christians who want a Christian theocracy that present a danger to our country. Despite their declining numbers, they have too many of their own in powerful positions. Baptists used to be big supporters of the separation of church and state, but that's not the case these days, with the exception of the declining number of liberal Baptists.Buddy Holly's mother told him he was playing "jungle music," a possible racist epithet on her part. It seems to me that those who hate rock & roll tend to hate people.This nonsense started in the 50s. I know because as a child of the 50s,
One morning I woke up to discover that my mother had burnt my rock & roll LPs along with my record player. She was screaming that they were "Satanic" and forbid me to ever listen to rock & roll again.I wasn't permitted to listen to that evil rock and roll.
After my mother's "auto de fe" (burning a heretic as an act of faith in Christ), I managed to scrape up some money and bought a cassette player and some tapes along with an earphone. I would go out into the woods to listen to my tapes or sit in the bathroom using the earphone.So, when I got my first transistor radio, I would listen to it at night, while holding the tiny radio up to my ear and listen to soul or rock. Back then, the radio stations played rock, soul and even some light jazz as pop music.
Kinky!Our church was Baptist and I'm sure you all know the old joke.....
"Why don't Baptists have sex standing up? People might think they are dancing."
So did my mother once she realized that she just couldn't go around destroying people's property to destroy their enjoying life. She was miserable and hated the idea of anybody being happy.I used to sneak out with my Catholic friends to attend the dances anyway without telling my mom where I was going. She mellowed out as she got older.
So that's religion for you. It attracts people who want to use it as a justification for their hating people and wanting to hurt people. Rock & roll is far from perfect, but at least nobody ever burned a record in the name of rock & roll and nobody ever burned a person in the name of rock & roll.
As far as rock and roll and soul go, I've made countless CD mixes for people, many who claim to be conservative Christians. They've all told me they enjoy the music I've mixed for them, so apparently something has changed when it comes to rock and roll and conservative Christians, at least those in my generation. I'm sure that some of today's music would offend them, but some of today's music is also offensive to me, as it's often sexist with violent imagery, unlike much of the music that was popular back in the day. Apparently, rock and roll or whatever we are calling today's pop music won. I agree that the Christian church often incorporates aspects of rock into their own music. Since I've been an atheist for over 45 years, I'm not interested nor am I familiar with their contemporary music. I'm old school.