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Music Monday: Cursive - “Bad Sects”

March 25, 2013

Few albums have been able to depict the suffocating nature of small town religious culture in America better than Cursive’s Happy Hollow. A culture where you unquestionably don’t do things because you were “taught this was wrong.” You go to church because that’s just what you do. Homosexuality is almost an unspeakable topic and, I kid you not, people who run for political office, and win, have no problem telling eager-to-obey high school students that dinosaur bones were put in the ground by the devil himself. Kasher’s (the lead singer) keen sense of Midwestern religiosity isn’t surprising considering the band is from Omaha, NE. To say I was able to relate to Happy Hollow would be a severe understatement.

In light of the recent fervor over the new Pope and the exciting news that the Supreme Court of the US is hearing two key same-sex marriage cases, I thought I would share one of the songs that tangentially deals with both issues. Cleverly titled, “Bad Sects” explores the love affair of two priests.

Cursive-Bad Sects by SaddleCreekRecords

As always, if you get a chance, send your suggestions for future Music Mondays to me at, leave a comment below, or @tweet us at @CFIOnCampus. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Grooveshark playlist or Spofity playlist that anyone can listen to.    



About the Author: Cody Hashman

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Cody Hashman is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Psychology, where he was the co-founder and president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers.




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