I tell you, the humiliations that Jesus has to put up with. Its enough to make a sinner weep.
I rarely venture into the area of "Glitz and Glitter" because it so seldom motivates my conscience or keyboard. But this is different.
From the Associated Press, May 18, 2012:
"Members of a group called Biblemode Youth Philippines said Friday that they are offended by Lady Gaga’s music and videos, in particular her song “Judas,” which they say mocks Jesus Christ.
Protest leader and former Philippine Congressman Ben Abante says his group plans to file a case against Lady Gaga and concert organizers if she sings “Judas” at her Manila gigs Monday and Tuesday."
The article reports that Lady Gaga had cancelled an Indonesian concert because of protests by conservative groups.
Now you know why I write in anonymity. What if I print the lyrics of "Judas" here? Will Mr. Abante have me evicted for being morally offensive? Even though he in effect gave me the lyrics by shoving this matter into my face.
This is what I think about Lady Gaga:
- She is an incredibly talented show-woman and singer. She is aware of what she is doing. She is successful.
- Many of her songs are disgusting to me, personally, glop in the jeans. I prefer understatement.
- Most of her songs are about sex. Her videos are sex acts in artistic disguise.
- She is popular. She is not some kool-aid sipping flake sect leader. Huge masses of people like her songs and her performances.
- I prefer Celine Dion and Bob Seger.
- I hope she performs. I hope she sings "Judas".
Here is a "Judas" stanza that morality top-cop Abante may have missed:
I wanna love you
But something's pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue
And Judas is the demon I cling to, I cling to
"Jesus is my virtue."
Now the rest of the song is decidedly sexual, with Judas the focus of the singer's desires.
I'm reminded of the Rolling Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil". Should we not ban the Stones while we are at it? You know, a two-for-one sale?
I'm wondering here . . . pondering . . . thinking . . . a wholly unchristian act I know . . . is not the tug of sin against virtue the main theme of the Bible? Just like in this song, eh? Lady Gaga just presents it like a kick in the balls, that's all.
The song presents conflict, not worship of the devil. It is a theme as old as Adam and Eve. It is up to the listener to resolve that conflict. It is not up to Christians to impose resolution on our behalf. If they ban the song, please ban the Bible. Rid us of having to read of the insults Jesus had to bear.
And how many pregnant unmarried Filipino women does it take to establish a morality around here, anyway. I suggest these pious Christian blowhards go work where they are needed and educate the uneducated.
I believe corrupt government employees are far more dangerous than song lyrics. I believe ignorance is more dangerous than song lyrics. I believe these Christian protestors are more dangerous than Lady Gaga.
I heartily resent that Mr. Abante and his herd of mindless missionaries are trying to define what I can or cannot read or listen to or sing. I don't believe in the dark ages. I believe in a mind open wide.
What books are we burning next?
Give me a break.
If Mr. Abante succeeds in stifling Lady Gaga, here is a new descriptor that is likely to arise for the Philippines, to take the place of "A Nation of Servants".
Islands of the Dark Ages