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In an exclusive interview with the Guardian's Film&Music, Prince said: "It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that." When asked about the fate of those unhappy with having no choice, he replied: "There are people who are unhappy with everything. There's a dark side to everything."

Prince embraced religion in 2001, when he became a Jehovah's Witness. "I was anti-authoritarian but at the same time I was a loving tyrant," he told the Guardian. "You can't be both. I had to learn what authority was. That's what the Bible teaches. The Bible is a study guide for social interaction.

Prince, The Guardian 58 Comments [6/27/2011 2:51:12 AM]
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Some stars burn out, some quietly fade away, and some go supernova in a blinding flash of crazy.

6/27/2011 9:34:50 AM


Is it just me, or does it seem, lately, that every time a famous person gets religion, it's something that's got an ocean of crazy lurking below the facade?

6/27/2011 9:52:20 AM


Said the man who ordered a giraffe at 4 in the morning.

I'm going to go ahead and disregard his opinion.

6/27/2011 9:54:43 AM


"It's fun being in Soviet Russia, to know there's no religion, only the state. There's order. You salute Comrade Stalin. There's no choice. People are happy with that. The people who are unhappy are unhappy with everything. So Comrade Stalin sends them off to work in the salt mines."

A part of me died to write that.

6/27/2011 9:56:58 AM

what a shocker

Celebrities are idiots. This surprises people?

Also, can we please stop using "the Bible depicts horrible things, so it's evil!" as a reason to be against it? It's your weakest argument. Depiction is not endorsement, why do so many people not understand this?

6/27/2011 10:41:36 AM

Jamaican Castle

You know, I was unaware that Prince still existed, let alone still performed.

I could have gone on quite happily being unaware...

@what a shocker

Well, when the point of the book is "this is God, God is great", and God's the one doing/demanding/condoning horrible things, yes, that's endorsement.

6/27/2011 10:53:52 AM

Pule Thamex

@ what a shocker

"Also, can we please stop using "the Bible depicts horrible things, so it's evil!" as a reason to be against it?"

Sorry buddy but no, we can't. So you can just jolly well stick The Black Book of Death right up your jacksy.

6/27/2011 11:31:59 AM


Also, can we please stop using "the Bible depicts horrible things, so it's evil!" as a reason to be against it? It's your weakest argument. Depiction is not endorsement, why do so many people not understand this?

Problem is, those depictions are often also instructions and actions taken by god's chosen, oftentimes at his command.
The slavery and rape laws aren't 'here are these things, don't do them' they are 'obey them.'

6/27/2011 11:41:55 AM

Old Viking

Promote Biblical social interaction. Be sure your weapon's loaded first.

6/27/2011 12:06:12 PM


He also believes in chemtrails.

6/27/2011 12:28:10 PM

Okay, genius, let's just put YOU in a burqa for even one day of shopping, child care and other chores in 120 degree heat, and we'll see how "happy" you are. I'd be willing to bet you'd be crying like a baby within 10 minutes.

Then we'll top it off by taking away your right to drive, attend sports or other public events, and prohiit you from traveling without your mother's, sister's, aunt's or other female relative's permission, just so you can get a taste of how that "happy" other half has to live.

6/27/2011 1:20:28 PM

The mere fact that you joined the Jehova's Witnesses says so much that we must ignore anything else you have to say.

6/27/2011 1:33:39 PM


Prince is a moron.
That is pretty much all there is to say.

6/27/2011 1:33:39 PM

Of course, the fact that you have a penis and would therefore be one of the ones in authority in society and in your your "social interactions" would have nothing to do with your viewppint on religious teachings on authority, would it?

6/27/2011 1:44:16 PM

Brendan Rizzo

@ Jamaican Castle, Pule Thamex, and Ryushikaze:

To be fair to Shocker, I don't think he was referring to the Levitical laws or even to the war crimes that happened in the conquest of Jerusalem. The Bible endorses a whole bunch of barbaric practices (which one would expect, as those parts of it were written in the late Bronze Age/really early Iron Age, though it wasn't compiled until much later) but it doesn't support EVERY negative event it describes. For instance, nowhere in the Bible does it say that Lot raped his daughters after they escaped the destruction of Sodom, in fact it actually says the opposite. I don't know where the argument that the text MUST be lying about this to preserve Lot's good name came from. We all know that the writers of the Bible could be as misogynistic as the people on love-shy (well no, that's a bit TOO cruel to the Bronze Age goatherders, but you get what I mean...) but many textual scholars believe that the Bible is adapting a Moabite or Ammonite legend for that story, and since Lot was the ancestor of their enemies, one would think that they changed it to make everyone involved look worse. If Lot really existed (note the "if") and he really raped his daughters, I would think that the Israelites would jump to that as "proof" that the Moabites and Ammonites were all reprobates from their very origin. They wouldn't make him LESS culpable; that makes no sense. There are a few other examples (such as when the Bible depicts the atrocities of the Israelites' enemies-- it always amazes me how ancient people in general knew how unforgivable war crimes are but still committed them anyway), but I don't see any non-religious using them as an argument, so I will not elaborate. I think Shocker's point was that you can't just condemn every single thing written in the book.

6/27/2011 1:44:25 PM


@ Shocker and @ Brendon Rizzo:

So many fundies fap to the Book of Revelations that your arguments fall apart.

Rather than focus on the events as depicted in the Story of Lot, why not ask yourself how many molesters of their own children used that passage the way modern celebutards skulk off to rehab after committing drug and alcoholic mayhem? "I was tempted by the foul temptress!" Pfaugh! If it looks like bullshit, smells like bullshit, and shovels like bullshit ....

As for Prince ... the celebutard formerly known as the pasta.

6/27/2011 2:05:02 PM


Prince has always been a bit right-wing. I still love him.

6/27/2011 2:18:28 PM


Only goes to show that anyone can be an ignorant dickhead with or without religion.

6/27/2011 2:20:36 PM


Total relevance of Prince's comments on theology: yep, still zero.

6/27/2011 2:56:46 PM


Wow, Prince. Just get back to singing instead of offering your uninformed opinion on things you don't know two shits about.

6/27/2011 4:17:18 PM

Percy Q. Shunn

It seems our friend Prince has gone from superstar to being as musically significant as the construction worker from the Village People.

6/27/2011 8:52:40 PM


When was Prince a tyrant?

6/27/2011 8:57:27 PM


The Bible's social interaction consists of killing and raping. Not the best. And try to live in one of those theocracies.

6/27/2011 10:21:44 PM

Another flaky celebrity.

6/28/2011 12:56:14 AM


So all those women who are often forced into arranged marriages, sometimes as young as 7; often beaten by their husbands; arrested for being rape victims; and some have had their genitals mutilated as a child (usually without anesthetic and with a crowd of women watching) are nothing but a bunch of whiners? You try living their life for a day, then come back and say that.

"...I was a loving tyrant,"

No you weren't, you were just some douchebag who refused to do interviews and often canceled shows because you didn't feel like performing. I'll never forget during the Purple Rain tour when a young girl on my street, who was a huge fan of yours, was absolutely devastated that you canceled your concert in our city at the last minute, even as people were headed down to the arena. But I suppose you'll just say she's another one of those people who's unhappy about everything.

I also seem to remember your career starting to go downhill after that (go figure), and your having to resort to stupid and desperate tactics like changing your name to some ugly and unpronounceable symbol.

6/28/2011 2:04:47 AM

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