Burning Worldly Stuff

bonfireEver since the days when rock and roll music first made it onto vinyl records, certain fundamentalists have been holding record burning services for their teens. This tends to work out well for for the record companies since the teens who are burning their records (or eight-tracks or tapes or CDs)  will be back at the store buying new copies in not too long.

Of course, it’s not just music that meets a fiery end at these meetings. Everything from mini-skirts to Cabbage Patch dolls are a potential target for immolation. Only the heat of a church bonfire can serve to scour the earth of evil as great as this. Not to mention that it’s fun to get a bunch of teens together and play with matches.

As time has passed, technology has made it harder to get in a good old-fashioned music burning. Getting a group of teens together to delete music off their iPods just lacks some of the visual effect.

On the upside, there’s a decline in youth groups that get carried away and think that burning their drugs in a public bonfire is a good idea as well…

2 Responses to Burning Worldly Stuff

  1. Hi Darrell,

    I found your website through the “Constructive Curmudgeon.” Good points about the fundies. While they may still burn non-Christian music, mini-skirts, non-Christian books, and maybe even drugs (you made this great comment!), it is interesting to note that this is nothing new for fundies. Burning “harmful” materials to protect their faith is not a far cry from their despicable behavior in history: burning witches and executing heretics (many of them had significant contributions to society, i.e. Socrates and Galileo). Christianity is based on a barbaric God, who commands senseless killing of various nations to merely extend his “anger” and “justice.” It’s also interesting to note that America with it’s mostly Christian worldview is one of the most unhalthy, prescription drug abusing, depressed, nations in existence today. Just some thoughts to ponder.


  2. I hate to put a damper on your fun…but this practice was actually started by the first century Christians. They burned their black magic books in:

    Acts 19:19-20 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

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