Saturday, July 08, 2006

Oh My! Urban Legends and the Shock Factor

OK so I'm upset on this one. I heard a guy preaching the other night, who claimed that the record companies gave part of their profits to Satanists. Now, there was no support given for such an outlandish claim. My own quick search on Snopes.com turned up nothing. I can't find anything at all! More than likely, he got confused with the urban legand about Proctor & Gamble giving part of their profits to the church of Satan, which is false.
(http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/procter.asp)
Now let me point out why he can get away with this- the ends apparently justify the means. There are some IFB preachers out there that will make the harshest, most unsupported claims, including slander, in condemnation of what they are against. Everyone figures that when it comes to rock music, well, if they're all connected with Satan himself it must be right because rock music is bad anyway. Even if it is not right it might as well be right.
First, what about the truth? What about fairness? Aren't we Christians? Don't we have an obligation to tell the truth no matter what? Shouldn't vengeance be left to the Lord?
Second, observe the circularity. They say rock music is suspect because the record companies give to Satan. But we don't have evidence that all the record companies give to Satan. They say that well, it might as well be because rock music is wrong. We say, why is wrong? They say, well don't you know the record companies give to the church of Satan! and on, and on, and on...
Third, even IF this were true, it is not a valid criticism. It is what is called an ad hominem attack (see sidebar for link), specifically, guilt by association. This kind of attack ignores the subject content and attacks the subject source. It ignores the fact that anyone can do and say the right thing even if on accident. And- it betrays the weakness of the attack by implying that the person can't deal with the subject matter at hand.

So I'm supposed to be happy with this? I don't think so!!

One more urban legend dispensed from the pulpit was that the Eagles' song, "Hotel California," is about Satanism/Hell. See
(http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/hotel.htm)
Yet another false story. From the article:
"The real Hotel California is not a place; it is a metaphor for the west coast music industry and its effect on the talented but unworldy musicians who find themselves ensnared in its glittering web."

Do I deny that some rock musicians have been associated with the church of Satan? No! However, let's be truthful, specific, well-sourced and focused on the issues, not the people.

Until next time.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he hasn't been doing reseach.Maybe hes just going off of things he has heard and not proven facts.Try not to get to mad.Preachers are human too.Just be patient and take the things you know are true and right..its all you can do.

David T. said...

Thanks... I have to be reminded of that sometimes!

Anonymous said...

We all do! To error is human...But hang in there!And keep blogging. :)