Sunday, March 18, 2007

Jello Biafra & Nomeansno - "Jesus Was A Terrorist"
from The Sky Is Falling And I Want My Mommy (1991)

Sky Is Falling & I Want My Mommy

Jesus was a terrorist
Enemy of the state
That's what the Romans labeled him
So he was put to death

He died for his beliefs
What's changed today?

Today bible-thumping cannibals
Reap money from his name
Buy cable networks & power
With old ladies' checks

If Jesus saw Pat Robertson
What do you think he'd say?
Tax free then re-write our laws
And sick 'em on you
Women don't control their bodies
TV preachers do

Censor everything from bathing suits
To science books
From the schoolroom to the bedroom
They want our thoughts - or else

They treat us like the Romans
Used to treat the Christians
Even some church-going folks are scared

Modern catacombs of fear
Built with money, power, and threats
Rock 'n Roll is labeled porn
Sell a record, you're under arrest

Instead of fighting AIDS
They try to stop us having sex
They brag that they won't quit
Till they take dominion over our lives

Is freedom of speech such a terrorist act
Is spiritual peace such a satanic threat
Believe what you want
But we'll fight to keep
Our heads from being cemented in your sand

I'm not sure the Jello has anything against Jesus. He definitely has a beef with televangelists. Scarred by a time in the 80's when Pat Robertson and the PMRC were slamming his label.

I actually kind of like the idea of Jesus as a terrorist. He was so radically counter cultural that were he to drop in on the scene today he would be radically opposed to much of the hedonistic practices of men; and most likely his first round of judgement would be for those Christians who falsely lashed out at people.

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