May 28, 2005

A Reminder of Christian Idiocy from the 1980s

Iron Maiden - The Number of the BeastTim at Religion is Bullshit! has a great post about Christian groups destroying heavy metal records in the 1980s ("Its number is six hundred and sixty six"). Besides his perspective of someone watching this lunacy happen from outside the United States, Tim's post reminds me that several of my friends' record collections fell victim to Christian extremist parents.

I also remember that organized groups of fundamentalist Christians would actually buy these records so they could destroy them! I bet the artists who were putting out the records appreciated that. More money for them.

The most baffling thing of all was that many of these Christians believed that these records were "evil" and that they could lead to demonic possession. I remember Christian parents playing their kids' records backward, freaking out, and calling the local fundamentalist pastors. This was what often seemed to lead to a good old-fashioned record burning.

Anybody else remember this?