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Quiet Company: That “Atheist Band From Austin” Sings of a Man’s Loss of Faith

DEC 6, 2013 – Great music has always been a part of Austin and one band in particular, Quiet Company, has been turning heads and really gaining attention not only because of their good tunes, but the band leader Taylor Muse had a loss of Christian faith and wrote about it with the 2011 album We Are All Where We Belong. It was tough transition for him, for growing up in Austin he said Christian music was a big part of all bands. However he came home one day and told his wife, "I'm having a little bit of a crisis of faith. I just realized today that I can't make a case for Christianity that would convince myself." He set out to write songs to counter the Christian message of worrying about the afterlife and saying this life is "…not your home, This is not where you belong." Muse takes the opposite side, and sings about the humanist message about living your life today here and now saying, "This is your one chance to make your life into what you want it to be."

Listen to a great interview on NPR.org here, and check out the band's website here. Listen to a great song to sing your daughter to sleep to, reassuring her she can let go all the nonsense that Christianity fills your head with and "Set Your Monster Free" below:

Garrett Walker: “No songs about pickup trucks, I write about what matters most”

Garrett Walker is an activist-musician out of Nashville who plays great music, but also tries to be a good person. He says when he is not on stage he is out amongst the "homeless people singing songs". Check out a small excerpt of his "Profile" from his SoundCloud site below, and then under that check out a video of the great song called "My Father's Gun".

Garrett says, "I am an artist through and through. I am a left handed illustrator, designer that writes, creates and sings. I believe in God, Jesus and that the Holy Spirit stays with me every second of every day I live. I always make it a deliberate effort to do the right thing. I find myself helping others more than I should, especially when it comes to those less fortunate. A lot of times on a Friday and/or Saturday night, instead of finding me singing at a bar or event, I can be found sitting around a bunch of homeless people singing songs and just talking about life. I do my best to make sure others know that Jesus loves them, but I do not "Pound the Bible".

No one on this earth is better than I am, and I am no better than anyone else. I don't understand the term "illegal alien". We are ALL God's children and our land is not ours, it is GOD'S! Politics do not concern me, but you do. I may forget what you say or what you do, but I will never forget how you make me feel.

I am extremely sensitive, almost too sensitive. We can never take back a first impression, so I try to make mine a good one. I pray every day for others and my heart truly hurts for those in pain. I believe anger is a choice and that madness starts with sadness. I do write music, but have no songs about Pick-up Trucks, Tractors or my dog. I do have two songs about mama. (I am a Mama's Boy, and damned proud of it). I primarily write about what matters most. Ballplayers make way too much money, I hate guns, I cannot stand people that talk only about themselves." – Garrett Walker

Check out more of Garrett's music at his YouTube, Facebook and MySpace sites:
http://www.youtube.com/user/GarrettWalkerMusic
https://www.facebook.com/garrettwalkercountry
http://www.myspace.com/garrettwalkermusic

Freethinker Band Aiden Gets Hate Mail From Evangelicals After Fox News Distorts Song

MAR 28, 2012 – JTMP has been reporting on the freethinker gathering and concert "Rock Beyond Belief" that will take place on this Saturday, March 31 at Fort Bragg, NC. Having a non-evangelical and/or non-religious event was a hard pill to swallow for the base commanders, and was met with fierce resistance and backlash. One of the bands participating at the event Aiden received hate email from religious people saying that the band Aiken was "burning down churches for the Obama campaign video" and other ridiculous nonsense. This arose because one of their videos shows a scene of a church burning (watch below), and Fox News reporter Todd Starnes wrote an article twisting the words of the song so badly and taking them totally out of context. Aiden's intention of the scene of the burning churches represents Christians, Muslims and Jews burning their rival's churches through the centuries, and the violence and nonsense perpetrated in the name of religion. The band in no way shape or form condones or promotes violence against churches or religious people. They just don't want discrimination against freethinkers. Read a good article about it here.

Christian Rock Band Preaches Hate at High School Show

MAR 12, 2012 – An extreme Christian "rock band" who call themselves the "Junkyard Prophets" put on a hate-filled show at a Dunkertown High School in Iowa attacking the LBGT community, and preaching to the teen girls they need to be "submissive". Some of the hate speech was that "gay men will die by the age of 42", and that "gay men molest an average of 117 kids before they get caught". 

The band, which hails from Minnesota, was supposed to bring a message of non-violent solutions to bullying in school, and about making good choices, but instead showed pictures of aborted fetuses and then separated the men and women into different groups for the band's "sermons". The boys were shown pictures of rock musicians, such as Elvis Presley, who "died of drug overdoses".  The girl teens were told to "save themselves for their husbands", and that they should "assume a submissive role in the household". Many teens were not able to leave the room, and later called their parents very upset at the incident.

The school superintendent Jim Stanton later said the band doesn't represent the beliefs of the school, and the district is trying to get the $1,500 back from the Junkyard Prophets that they were paid for their appearance. Read more on LacrosseTribune.com. And the Junkyard Prophet's website is here.

George Michael Responds To Extremist Christian Website That Attacked His Homosexuality

JAN 5, 2012 – George Michael was attacked viciously by a hate filled Christian website of the group "Christians for a Moral America", saying he is going to "pay for his unrepentant lifestyle in hell". George Michael then responded with Tweets calling them "Totally f–ked up c–ksucking bastards. Oh my God that felt good, I must be getting better." You can follow George on his Twitter account here, and JTMP's Twitter account is here. Follow us!

George is recovering from a bad bout of pneumonia in Austria while this was all happening. Check out more on this MSNBC post here, and below is a video of George talking to the press while he is recovering.


 

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