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Dies Irae

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

- John 3:16

What can men do against such reckless hate?

- King Theoden, The Two Towers, JRR Tolkien

I have been following the deranged “career” of Fred Phelps of Westboro “Baptist” “Church” Topeka, KS for sometime. When I first found their website years ago I emailed a Topeka paper because I thought it was a spoof. I got a nice email back from a sub-editor explaining that Phelps was alas very real and the entire State of Kansas was embarrassed about his deranged vitriol. And that is before they started picketting funerals of US Iraq war-dead.

They jumped the shark years ago. This though is performing formation aerobatics over a tank of plesiosaurs that would put Moscow State Circus acrobats equipped with TsAGI jet-packs to shame…

Well at least the tune’s a bit more upbeat than this I guess.

That kid at the end is something else though…

Talking of religious child abuse from the other end of the spectrum she could always be packed off to Dickie Dawkin’s Atheist Bootcamp.

Yup, The Dawkster who has for years railed against religions for indoctrinating kids is doing the same thing. My personal beef is mainly that camp-fire songs will include that appalling nihilistic dirge, Lennon’s “Imagine”.

A plague on both their houses!


Your radical house-trained principled agnostic, Nick.


  1. IanB says:

    Ah yes, Lennon’s urging us to “imagine no possessions” as he sat at his huge white piano in his huge white house. With his little mad wife.

    I used to be a militant atheist, but I’ve gone off the whole thing. I used to think it was the Christian Right who were the biggest threat to civilisation, but then I finally realised the biggest threat was people who sing “Imagine” like they mean it.

  2. NickM says:

    I see the famous video as a complete fucking piss-take. That’s the charitable view that he was yanking the public’s chain or being PoMo ironic. Or something. The scary thing (you’re right) is the idea he really believed.

    I hate that song. I hate everything about it. Yet it took my until I was maybe 21 to fully realise why.

    The real enemy isn’t the God-botherers (and only moderately the Allah-botherers though some of them are FSD) but the Righteous of all stripes. Leg-Iron is bang-on about that and their perverse utilitarianism. Well fuck ‘em with an 18-storey black dildo right up their assholes that are so tight that only dogs can hear when they fart.

    Meddlesome ratbags the lot of them.

  3. Pavlov's Cat says:

    We were more Elvis and Stones than the Beatles in the house when I was growing up. So I was never really indoctrinated into the whole Beatles as gods etho’s.
    I can listen to early Beatles and enjoy them for what they are, finely crafted pop songs made by a group of collaborators at their peak including George Martin and Epstein as well, but that’s about it. The later stuff leaves me cold, I’ve never been able to sit all the way through The White Album.

    but that’s by-the-by, I’m glad to know that I am not alone in thinking that Imagine is a dirge of the finest water. There are few songs that will make either change radio stations, but that is one of them. ( along with anything by Lily Allen).

    and don’t get me started on the Ballad of John & Yoko and Working Class Hero.

  4. CountingCats says:

    The point about ‘Imagine’ is that we don’t have to imagine. If you want to know just what such a world would be like, just look at Cuba and the DPRK.

    If that is the world they want to live in, then count me out.

  5. Nick M says:

    Not quite Cats…

    Nothing to “kill or die for” remember? I certainly don’t think that can be said about the Norks certainly. I read somewhere that military service in the People’s Wonderland is 13 years!

    I actually truly despise that line in Imagine almost as much as the “no possessions” one sung by a bloody multi-millionaire. I mean if things ain’t worth fighting for then what’s the bloody point?

    I actually think what Lennon had in mind was a sort of New Polynesia which is a delusion that happens sometimes to the seriously minted. The ones that are so minted they no longer even think where things come from our how the bathrooom remains clean. For them it just happens. It’s the sort of delusion that happens when you no longer know what milk costs or what a bus journey is like or how to go about getting the car fixed because you have people who do everything for you. Prince Charles has a Squeezer of the Royal Toothpaste in Ordinary for example.

    Not everyone who is rich as Creosote gets like that. I suspect her Maj is much more down-to-earth than Chuckles and I suspect very wealth businessmen remain much more grounded.

    The absolute mentalist of our times, the recently departed Michael Jackson had all sorts of “Heal the World” fantasies too and it has emerged recently that he had absolutely no conception whatsoever of money.

    It’s the whole let them eat cake thing.

    More worryingly I think Gordoom has gone similarly. DK has a nice piece on the latest utter insanity to issue from Downing St.

  6. Nick M says:

    Your comment is spooky. Are you a Vulcan and did a mindmeld thingy on me?

  7. daphne says:

    Testing the comments thingy, it hasn’t been working for me the last week.

  8. RAB says:

    Talking of mindmelding, Nick could probably write this comment for me.

    I was a big fan of the Beatles after accidentally seeing them live when I was eleven.

    But I was also a fan of the Stones too. I never got the two camps thing.
    After all the bands were good mates, never issued singles and albums at the same time as each other etc.

    But I gave up round the White album too. I swopped my copy for Captain Beefharts Trout Mask Replica.

    Pretty much everything Lennon did after Yoko turned up was shite, and that goes bigtime for Imagine.
    It has become a nonsensical secular hymn now though.

    And of course the irony is not lost, of a fabulously wealthy man wanting no possessions.

    Reminds of that entreaty of the Nazzes

    Give away all your possessions, and follow ME.

    Er right, JC
    Then what?

  9. Pavlov's Cat says:

    No Nick ,
    No vulcan mind meld, nor even any inappropriate touching that I’m aware of. I am however a 2nd stage Lensman , so that could be it.

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