Thursday, July 13, 2006

This Blood's For You

That was the name of the song the Christian rock singer belted out this evening in Tompkins Square Park. He had a PA system with taped background music which was sometimes enhanced by two or three actual musicians also on the stage.

About twenty people were watching - mostly fellow Christians from the fellowship headquarters near by. There weren't any cops around like there are during skin head jamborees or other impromptu performances in the park.

Why do I feel like I'm living in chapter three of The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood).

In all fairness, it is a free country and no one was trying to hit me with a baseball bat. They just don't believe that I should have control over my own body and that committed gay couples shouldn't have the right to marry and enjoy the priveleges that come with a family life.

I wonder how people would have reacted to a Muslim musical outreach? and how many police would be there?


Anonymous said...

Ha. Yes, no violence was imminent, but you make a good point regarding the preparations. And the perceived innocuousness of the message.

Kranki said...

I have always found Christian rock a little weird.

east village idiot said...

mothergoosemouse: Exactly. I remember all the direct mail I used to get from Jerry Falwell in 80/81. At first it just seem like silly trash...then it never stopped coming. I'm just wondering who is putting the $$ into this project. These people aren't from our neighborhood.

ellesu said...

For whatever reason, it's insulting to me for someone to knock on my door or walk up to me to debate/question/challenge my beliefs.

Crazy In Shreveport said...

Wow. I ought these things only happened here down in the Deep South.

Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I must agree--and I'm a church-attending-"Sunday School" class leading-"Christian."

I am often uncomfortable with the ways that "we" feel compelled to "share" Our Faith.

AND, since I was kid, though I understand the theology, I have NEVER been comfortable with the Atwoodish-vampire-ish way of trying to get The Message across.