I’ll admit that my passion for free expression is derived from my admiration for artists that are willing to say, sing, and write unpopular things. As I have mentioned before, I found/find solace in listening to artists express doubts about religion and god. Similarly, I have also come to appreciate the willingness of artists to say politically unpopular things, as well, because it is imperative to a just, fair, and open society. Importantly, it should be emphasized that freedom of expression doesn’t stop at the instance expression; freedom must prevail after expression. This isn’t the case for Pussy Riot, the punk rock/activist collective from Russia, who are currently being held as political prisoners according to Amnesty International. Today’s Music Monday is a nod to them and their song “Punk Prayer.”
I feel like it is no stetch of the imagination that most atheists often find themselve in isolation many times as it relates to theological views. I know this was certainly the case for me 10 years ago when today's Music Monday song came out.
Part of what makes the creation story of the Bible unique is that God created everything. He set the boundary conditions for every situation, and everything was made as he intended. That’s why Gen 1:31 says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Additionally, God is omniscient, so he must have known every possible permutation of future events that could have occurred following his creation of all things. We can therefore trace responsibility for everything that has ever happened back to the conditions that God originally created.
Now, I know this song has been featured before, but today is a special occasion. I am finally going to be able to see First Aid Kit today.
I posted about the event I had just attended to the Freethinkers at Virginia Tech facebook page. I mention that one of the Board members stated "Can I get an 'amen' on that?" and my friend Zack responds, "Please tell me that was videotaped. The FFRF could play that tape and close their case."