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“I suppress a shudder at the prospect of an atheist equivalent of Christian rock. Please, no.”

It’s not as bad as you might think. I’d argue that with lines like

I needed a break when your book about dreams was taken,
I needed to pray or see a priest that day,
I needed to leave this trade and just heave it away,
But I cleaned up my place like you so I could see things straight.

I never cared about God when life was sailin’ in the calm,
So I said I’d get my head down and I’d deal with the ache in my heart,
And for that if God exists I’d reckon he’d pay me regard,
Mum says me and you are the same from the start.

Never Went to Church by The Streets is a good description of the attraction and irrelevance of religion to a grieving atheist. Sometimes it would be nice to have a magic want to make things alright, but it’s not a practical plan for dealing with the problem. The opening of the song is barbed towards Christianity, but the ending is has a positive message about what we leave behind.

Why is it an issue? It’s because some people think that it’s not true that the Devil has the best tunes. See Secular Music @ Rupture the Rapture and Has the best tunes? @ Why Don’t You Blog for more.