There was a rock band I saw featured on here today, called Witch's Mark, and I checked them out. Along with the media player in the page, the lyrics to the songs are posted below. One of the songs, called Name of God, or something similar, was a blatant Christian bashing song.
Now I've dedicated my heart and life to the Craft, so I can sympathize and even empathize with the feeling behind it, but I want to go out of my way to say that since one of the biggest thing that we as pagans tell the Christians is that they should respect our beliefs as valid the way we see other paths as valid for each person. So when a song with these kind of lyrics pops up, it can potentially ruin the last 50 to 60 years of hard work that pioneers such as Gerald Gardner and Raymond Buckland as well as the rest of the pagan populace have done to debunk myths about us.
The other songs are just fine, but this one definitely raises concerns with me about the message some of us are sending. I applaud a pagan rock group. To blatantly put our beliefs in there with heart and soul takes a lot of courage, and I think it needs to be done. We should all just try to keep in mind the Rule of Threefold Return and the Wiccan Rede when we put ourselves out there for the world to see, and even in our private lives. Paganism is more than an alternate religion. It's a deep, meaningful spiritual path that you have to be fully involved in in all aspects of your life, even music.
I'm all for the First Amendment. It's what gives us the freedom to walk a path that's not the dominant one without fear of repercussion. But just as important is the Rede, "An it harm none, do what you will." Putting out a message like that could harm all the work people have done like I mentioned earlier, which goes against the Rede. It's a classic case of "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." I don't agree with what the Christians do to oppose us one bit, but the aggression present in that song is what raises red flags with me.
Part of living the Rede is respecting others and the work they've done. That's why I'm not bashing the band. I'm just stating my concern over the way uneducated people who stumble across that song could perceive paganism as a whole, and that means all branches: Wicca, Druidism, Norse Magick and any other form of paganism that exists.
The song is not bashing Christians or any religions it is simply expressing that it is NOT the Gods of a religion that are at fault when things go wrong, it is the men that claim to represent that religion that go wrong. Hence, the verse of the song will go over a nasty circumstance that Someone did, and the chorus will state "It's a Man not a GOD, who lies and deceives, and prays on your soul, brings you down to your knees" It's basically giving the realization that it's not the Gods of a Religion that are wrong doers and get a bad wrap, it's the power hungry creeps who represent sometimes.