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Area newspapers gave the record-burning front-page coverage. One reporter from the Los Angeles Times staged a photograph showing me hammering a John Denver album to pieces. The story made the event resemble Hitler’s book burning in Nazi Germany. Parents became alarmed by my tactics and phoned the school: "What’s going on over there? Are you fanatics trying to brainwash our children?" Some parents even threatened to remove their children from the school...

Despite the unexpected setbacks, I was still certain that I was right. The negative influence of rock music continued to crop up in counseling sessions with my students. Time after time, I saw actions patterned after the immoral behavior of rock stars. Students showed allegiance by the vocabulary they used, the song and album titles printed on their book jackets, the posters they hung on their walls, the music they listened to in their cars, and the clothes they wore. They were hooked!

Al Menconi, almenconi ministries 60 Comments [4/29/2008 9:52:44 PM]
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John

Despite the unexpected setbacks, I was still certain that I was right.

The essence of fundie-dom ...

4/29/2008 10:00:17 PM

Allegory for Jesus

"I saw actions patterned after the immoral behavior of rock stars"

Could be much worse...the innocent children (who most definitely would have no interest in sex and drugs without the evil influence of rock and roll) could have had their actions patterned after the immoral behavior of politicians, or Catholic priests, or Mormon polygamists, or Islamic jihadists, or, of course, Biblical characters. Count your blessings, I suppose.


4/29/2008 10:03:54 PM

Psittacosis

John Denver? John fucking Denver?

... well, OK, John Denver records do deserve smashing up. But not for being a threat to the morals of American children. Their taste, yes.

4/29/2008 10:04:12 PM



And for you, imitating aesthetically speaking, the style of music bands is a sin because...............?

4/29/2008 10:04:40 PM

Jezebel's Evil Sister

John Denver???? Sheesh! The guy, who was pretty mild, has been dead for years now, and any one who would have been influenced by such music as <gasp!> his "Rocky Mountain High" are in retirement villages, or pretty close to it, so it's probably too late to save their souls, any way. What dead, no-longer-relevant muscians are you going after next?

4/29/2008 10:06:52 PM

pete

John Freaking Denver? And I suppose Pat Boone is evil for "Tutti-Fruity"?

4/29/2008 10:08:59 PM

Wet Walnuts

The story made the event resemble Hitler’s book burning in Nazi Germany.

Gee, I wonder what would have given them that idea?

4/29/2008 10:14:01 PM

ChildeofMalkav

This reminds me of a time when I was in a restaurant I saw a guy wearing "Jesus is my boss" cap. I wonder what kind of influence he was under. Scared me.

4/29/2008 10:15:48 PM

Bowen

The story made the event resemble Hitler’s book burning in Nazi Germany.

There's a very simple reason for that. Would you care to take a guess?

4/29/2008 10:16:54 PM

Crazy Fundie

You noticed that a lot of kids like rock music, which is a popular genre, and so you concluded that problems with schoolwork and their parents (etc.) were the result of their modeling behavior after favorite band members.

It couldn’t simply be a coincidence that the troubled kids who see you happen to like the same big-name bands as the non-troubled kids who steer clear of your office, or that kids who feel alienated are more likely to seek solace in music that speaks to their experiences. No – it’s because rock is the devil’s plaything. That is what causes all those pesky problems - not a myriad of social factors, which differ for each kid you see. It’s the fucking rock music.

Then, to compound your stupidity, you aim your censorship hammer at a John Denver album – because we all know how relevant his work is to kids nowadays.

Don’t be surprised if your judgmental attitude dissuades troubled kids from darkening your doorway. The last thing a pregnant teen (etc.) wants is a counselor who judges her based on which band sticker appears on her binder. She’ll conclude, perhaps rightly, that your advice will be heavily influenced by your own morals rather than by a professional code of conduct.

Oh, and if you don't want to be compared to a Nazi, don't burn books (or CDs or other media).

4/29/2008 10:19:24 PM

Quantum Mechanic

Confusing John Denver and rock music.

Pathetic.

4/29/2008 10:20:11 PM

funky fresh salad

When a kid starts listening to John Denver, you know he's beyond help.

4/29/2008 10:21:07 PM

werewolf

Well, fuck, man. Chill out, dude. You need to get laid real bad, son.

4/29/2008 10:21:54 PM

POSW

I'll let Iron Maiden say it.

"Believe in me - send no money
I died on the cross and that ain't funny
But my so called friends are making me a joke
They missed out what I said like I never spoke
They choose what they wanna hear - they don't tell a lie
They just leave out the truth as they're watching you die
Saving your souls by taking your money
Flies round shit, bees around honey.

Holy Smoke, Holy Smoke, plenty bad preachers for
The Devil to stoke

Feed 'em in feet first this is no joke
This is thirsty work making Holy Smoke

Jimmy Reptile and all his friends
Say they gonna be with you at the end
Burning records, burning books
Holy soldiers Nazi looks
Crocodile smiles just wait a while
Till the TV Queen gets her make up clean
I've lived in filth I've lived in sin
And I still smell cleaner than the shit you're in

They ain't religious but they ain't no fools
When Noah built his Cadillac it was cool
Two by two they're still going down
And the satellite circus just left town
I think they're strange and when they're dead
They can have a Lincoln for their bed
Friend of the President - trick of the tail
Now they ain't got a prayer - 100 years in jail"

4/29/2008 10:23:54 PM

muters

You can't just set fire to things you don't like, Al.

4/29/2008 10:24:47 PM

aaa

Metal music must be a big shock to you, rube.

4/29/2008 10:31:04 PM

DW

I'm sending this motherfucker a few Anal Cunt albums though he probably would like them!

4/29/2008 10:34:09 PM

JonathanE

Two Faced Preacher
Writer, hank williams

let me tell you ’bout a preacher,
With a cane and a long tailed coat,
Let me tell you ’bout a preacher,
With a cane and a long tailed coat,
But he does all his preachin’,
With his eyes on the women - folk.

Chorus

send him back, send him back, where he was be -fore,
He’s a two-faced man, and we don’t want him here no more.

Well he preached about gamblin’, said it’s a sin and it’s a shame,
Yes he preached about gamblin’, said it’s a sin and it’s a shame,
But when I met him in a alley, he won my watch and chain.

Repeat chorus

Well he preached about liquor, said leave the stuff alone,
Yes he preached about liquor, said leave the stuff alone,
But then I saw a deacon, totin’ the preacher home.

Repeat chorus

Well he preached about wedlock, the finest thing in life,
Yes he preached about wedlock, the finest thing in life,
But then I saw the preacher, kissin’ brother jackson’s wife.


That Hank Williams was a fucking genius, dontcha think?
Nailed yer ass, didn't he.

4/29/2008 10:36:25 PM



you should listen to a band called Leftover Crack some time. and GWAR.


1975? lol, so you are still railing against the shit that was "destroying our youth" when my DAD was in highschool?

4/29/2008 10:45:33 PM

Antichrist

Fuck, he did this in 1975 according to his web site, and he's still crowing about it.

Give it a fucking rest and move on with your life. Kids don't even own LPs anymore.

4/29/2008 10:48:05 PM

JustinGG

John Devner? This website must be 40 years old...

4/29/2008 10:57:32 PM

Truthuser

Who's John Denver ?

Also, if you're complaining about the music of the youth, you might want to consider that you're getting, well, old.

4/29/2008 10:58:04 PM

Cassandra

Journalist: "Hey, let's stage a photograph of you smashing up a record. That's pretty attention-grabbing, isn't it?"

Fundie: "Good idea indeed!"

...

Fundie: "What the heck for did you do this to me? I look like a Nazi here!"

Journalist: "Well, you certainly looked like a book-burning Nazi before the photo was taken, and didn't seem to mind doing that sort of stuff for a photograph..."

...

Fundie: "Well, it wasn't that bad - I was right all along!"

Journalist: "Well, you just said you looked like a book-burning Nazi before..."

Fundie: "Bah! Unfair treatment by media."

Journalist: "Okay, maybe we painted a wrong picture. Should we update the story to say that you had a serious temporary lapse of judgement in allowing such photos to be produced and published, and you've stated that you have nevertheless been right all along?"

Fundie: "I can't win against yellow journalists!"

Journalists: "That's true - but if you pit fundies against common sense..."

4/29/2008 11:44:51 PM


John

The negative influence of rock music continued to crop up in counseling sessions with my students.

Queen guitarist Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics. Does Al?

4/29/2008 11:52:23 PM
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