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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Artist Formerly Know As Sane

  Few mature folks regard musicians as authorities on anything other than their trade, however, Prince has been around long enough that people listen to what he has to say.

  The veteran songwriter gave an interview to the Guardian, a British paper, in which he discussed things like his favourite tour stops. The 80's star claimed he enjoys hanging out in countries that are orderly, where one belief system is the law of the land.

  "It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion", the singer quipped. When it comes to freedoms, he opined "You wear a burka, there's no choice. People are happy with that." As for those who protest, he stated  "There are people who are unhappy with everything. There's a dark side to everything.".

  The singer also discussed his own religious realization, which came in 2001, when he became a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. "I was anti-authoritarian, but at the same time I was a loving tyrant. You can't be both. I had to learn what authority was. That's what the Bible teaches. The Bible is a study guide for social interaction."

  I'm going to add my bit here, since Prince decided to put it out there. He may think it's totally rad to be in undemocratic societies, but it's no picnic for those who live under such systems. I'm sure no woman is happy about having to wear a burka in 120 degree weather, about being prohibited from leaving the home, to drive, or even learn to read. It's a big old party to live your life in fear of being raped and then stoned to death as an adulteress, but then again, that's an idea Muslims stole from that wonderful social guide, the Bible. (Deuteronomy 22:23-24)

  I know Prince thinks he's spreading the good news, but he's not. If he wasn't famous, he'd be excommunicated from the death cult to which he belongs because he's been divorced twice and is now living with a woman he's not married to. In fact, he and his girlfriend could be arrested and possibly executed in one of those wonderful countries he loves to visit for living in sin.

  There's nothing wonderful about religious fundamentalism. The people victimized for life simply because they are born under theocratic regimes are not dancers to be choreographed for a concert. They can't go home at the end of the day and put their feet up with a Scotch in hand. Terror is what those in Islamic countries live under and how they die if they step out of line. Forced orderliness is slavery, plain and simple, and as someone whose ancestors lived under such a system, Prince should know better than to suggest that it is an appropriate way of being for others.

   I'm sure I'm not the only one who liked this Prince better

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