Could Tom Petty be the counterbalance to Ted Nugent that many Americans have been looking for? It certainly seems that way considering the Heartbreaker blasted the Catholic Church and so-called ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ who aren‚Äôt acting very Christ-like in a recent interview with Billboard magazine.
The legendary rocker talked a great deal about religion during the interview, pondering why those of the Catholic faith still give money to the Church knowing that it‚Äôs being used to shield pedophile priests or cover up their crimes. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm fine with whatever religion you want to have,‚ÄĚ Petty told the publication.
But it can‚Äôt tell anybody it‚Äôs OK to kill people, and it can‚Äôt abuse children systematically for God knows how many years. If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn‚Äôt give them any more money.
Petty then went on to criticize alleged Christians who thirst for war and defend killing people like conservative ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ do today.
Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars. I‚Äôve nothing against defending yourself, but I don‚Äôt think, spiritually speaking, that there‚Äôs any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent. It seems to me that no one‚Äôs got Christ more wrong than the Christians.
The Catholic Church has been rocked for decades by the massive pedophile priest scandal that has resulted in thousands of molested and abused children around the globe. The image of the Church has taken a major hit over the years because of it, but they still rake in the cash from Catholics who seem not to care that their money is helping the Church prevent victims from getting justice.
Meanwhile, Conservative ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ here in America are bloodthirsty. They support perpetual war, guns everywhere, and senseless violence. The current border crisis involving refugee children has revealed conservative ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ for what they really are as they hurl racial epithets and threaten violence against them in the most un-Christ-like manner. In addition, conservative ‚ÄúChristians‚ÄĚ want to punish poor people severely by taking food stamps and health care away from them, which is something else that Jesus wouldn‚Äôt do.
A practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, Tom Petty is a legend of classic rock, and unlike conservative rocker Ted Nugent, he isn‚Äôt a big fan of violence and killing. He‚Äôs especially not a fan of Christians who don‚Äôt follow the actual teachings of Jesus. This doesn‚Äôt necessarily mean that we can expect Petty to be as outspoken as Nugent is, but it‚Äôs nice to hear from a musician of his status, a status which most would consider far greater than Nugent‚Äôs. We can only hope that more icons like Petty will speak out more often.