22 January 2015

Bob Will Understand


Barto of the Cross said...

I don’t understand.

In 1976, the Canadian rock group Rush released an album of recorded music titled “2112.” On that album’s notes, Rush band member Neil Peart credits "the genius of Ayn Rand” as the inspiration for the album.

Ayn Rand was and is the world’s leading proponent of atheism among financiers and industrialists. (Karl Marx is the leading proponent of atheism among socialists.) Ayn Rand’s writings and speeches are full of fierce, ruthless and relentless denunciation of religious faith. Here is a sample of what Ayn Rand said:

-“Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought.”
-“This god, this one word: I.”
-“For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket - by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief.”

Ayn Rand received a free state-funded education in the Soviet Union, completing a Bachelor’s degree in history in the Department of Social Pedagogy at the Petrograd State University in 1924.

Ayn Rand’s pro-atheism, pro-hedonism writings were the basis for the Satanic Bible and the Church of Satan. Both of those were the creation of Anton LeVey. Wikipedia includes these points:
-“LaVey…affirmed the connection with Rand's ideas by stating that LaVeyan Satanism was "just Ayn Rand's philosophy, with ceremony and ritual added".
-“The Nine Satanic Statements (e.g., #2: ‘Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams!’) outline the basic ideology of LaVeyan Satanism, and have become some of the guiding principles of LaVeyan Satanism….Ayn Rand's influence on LaVeyan Satanism is very apparent in the Nine Satanic Statements, to the point where some, including Nikolas Schreck, assert that the Statements are simply unacknowledged paraphrase of Rand's thoughts.”

The founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LeVay, said he didn’t believe in anything supernatural. He just used Satan as a figure to counter the ethic of self-sacrifice and brotherly love as represented by Christ. Followers of Ayn Rand also fiercely oppose the ethic of self-sacrifice and brotherly love as represented by Christ.

In 2004, Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis said that the most significant factor in the sexual abuse of children by priests was America’s “hedonistic culture.”

Mr. Blogger, how can you love Christ and also the densely ideological music of Rush? What about these verses of the Holy Scriptures of the Eternal Faith:
-"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”
-“ Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
-“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
-“ What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?”

Mr. Blogger, who is more likely to approve of the enjoyment and promotion of the music of Rush: Cardinal Raymond Burke or Cardinal Walter Kasper? Pope Benedict or Pope Francis? The average Tridentine Mass attendee or the average Novus Ordo attendee?

Mr. Blogger, can you imagine Saints Peter and Paul jamming to the tunes of Rush? How about Saint Pope Pius X? How about Saint Francis de Sales?

One web site has this:

“Rush's "2112" album features the song "The Temples of Syrinx" a Greek word that relates to Pan (the Greek god of hedonism)."

Mr. Blogger, are you really going to join in the orgy of atheism, hedonism, and Satanism at the upcoming Rush concert at the Scottrade Center?

Mr. Blogger, are you alright?

Delena said...

I saw this earlier and thought of you T-man! :). Still don't think I've ever heard a song by them. I WAS born in 1982, though--what were you doing that year...? Hahaha!

Long Pants said...

I think what El Barto is trying to say is "how can you like Rush? All their songs sound the same."

Lighten Up, Francis said...

Barto, I would make you up if you didn't exist! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRB8Jor8tPs

Anonymous said...

I will choose a path that's clear, I will choose free will ...


Barto the Footman said...

Jen, a commentator above, quoted a phrase from the Rush song "Freewill." Here's another line from that song: "You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice." In context of the whole song, we can see that line is not meant as a recommendation of obedience to any celestial voice--on the contrary, the Christian way of obeying the commandments of God is clearly being disparaged.

See the full lyrics here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/freewill_20119963.html

Can such music really be acceptable among those who worship the One True God?

BobStl said...

Might have to go see that one. Free will is my favorite song and Anthem is a close second. And no, I'm not influenced or affected by them working out various themes, some from 30 years ago. I'm not a huge Rush fan, but I appreciate their skills and that they've produced some less-than mutton-headed lyrics and music.

Anonymous said...

RE Barto's comments.

I concede when I was a little Catholic school child, I was "scandalized" by the lyrics of 2112 as well as Led Zeppelin. I couldn't understand why another band would call itself "Supertramp."
In my experience, EF mass goers and other more tradition-minded Catholics (say over 40 esp) are more of the Real Rock Radio K-SHE kind of music lover. The under 40 crowd raised on guitar masses sport Joy 99.1 FM stickers on their cars. That's Albert Pujols' evangelical Christian station in StL. I consider it fake rock music mostly. I saw a reference table in a local evangelical church explaining that if you liked the real band Tesla, you'd like this xx Christian band. 99.1 used to play real Catholic music--classical music, when owned by the Lutherans.