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Enter Shikari to For Today: "Educate Yourself or...

Posted by: Alex DiVincenzo (01/11/13)
Enter Shikari have released a statement regarding yesterday's For Today incident.
StatementYesterday, the guitarist from ‘christian metalcore’ band For Today (a band Enter Shikari have previous toured the US alongside) made a series of offensive tweets of his thoughts on the ‘sin’ of homosexuality. such statements should not be allowed to pass without being commented upon and having a light shone on them, and – thankfully – a lot of artists and journalists have spoken out against his comments. Rou wanted to share his own thoughts….

Like most sane people I was completely knocked for six by this statement from… no, not a mentally deranged ageing goofball politician, or a fundamentalist fruitcake on his soapbox on a street corner, but a polite and successful musician…
The guitarist in the American metalcore band, ‘For Today’.

The thought that we actually toured and shared the same stage as this musician in 2011 now makes me feel a bit nauseous. If I knew he held views as embarrassingly archaic and morally disgraceful as this, we wouldn’t have ever gone near the band. Additionally to his nonsensical twitter outbursts, further personal anger is cemented in by the fact this bloke has the same surname as me… Bugger what an embarrassment to the Reynolds ‘Clan’!

Ok, so to begin, there is obviously no place in our modern metal, punk, hardcore, rock (whatever you want to call it) scene for homophobia.
In fact, there should be no place for these views anywhere full stop, especially not in music.
For thousands of years Music has been one of the main things that brings us humans together! Not something that has divided or segregated us. Through coming together to experience melodies and rhythms and the plethora of emotions they can generate, Music by definition, is innately unifying. A beautifully communal human experience. Therefore, anyone wishing to label and exclude other humans as ‘sinners’, for simply loving the human that they wish to love, does not even deserve to pick up an instrument, history has proven to us that every musical instrument is a tool of unity, of diversity and of peace.

But no i’m not going to stop there, Mike Reynolds isn’t JUST being an insult to music here, but also an insult to spirituality worldwide. We simply cannot and must not rely on the literal translation of scripture written thousands of years ago anymore. Our morality and understanding of the world has thankfully progressed colossally since that era and it’s about time these kooky literalists realised it.
The Bible has always been a tool for control of the masses and, arguably, never more so than in modern America, where it has been reduced down over the years to nothing more than a convenient and lucrative distraction… because while you’ve got a scared and ill-educated population too busy debating over what rights some theoretical woman they don’t know has over what happens to her own body, or whether two humans they’ll never meet are able to legally declare their love and commitment to each other, then they’re not liable to notice that they’re supporting policies and laws that directly adversely affect their own family’s financial situation and remove their basic freedoms.

Let me tell you now, a person’s right to spirituality, and a person’s right to believe in a God (whichever one they choose), is a right I would always ardently fight for. It would be a terrible day if freedom of belief is ever taken away.
But when religion begins to dictate education and curriculum or starts calling people evil for harmlessly fulfilling their romantic destiny, it needs to simply fuck off. For that is religion being misapplied to where it frankly has no business being.

Now, really all we have here is some disastrously uneducated and religiously indoctrinated chaps saying what they think is ‘right’. This doesn’t make them ‘evil’, as they’re just a victim of our societies lack of education.
I’m sure they don’t want to hurt anyone, they’re just promoting views that they believe should be heard.

Unfortunately though, this is another case where religion, with it’s hubristic scriptures and dogmas has produced a false confidence, an ego, devoid of all logic and morality.
This is where Religion gets dangerous. When people think they have God on their side, they don’t actually stop to think how utterly illogical and immoral they may be being. This is the same mentality we see of suicide bombers and in religious war etc.
Unlike the scientific method, which is constantly testing itself and trying to prove itself wrong, religion can breed a queasy egotistical ability to exclaim things as incontrovertibly true. This ultimately creates a disrespect towards morality, and is exactly what we see here; A person so up his own arse in his haggard antique beliefs that he can’t even realise just how out of touch and revolting he’s being.
And no, don’t go telling me that they are his opinions and just like any opinion, they should be respected. No. Rushed, thoughtless and poisonous ‘opinions’ or propaganda like this should NOT be respected by you or anyone. There is nothing here deserving of respect.

Plato, 400 years before the alleged birth of Christ, said “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul”

Music is a beautiful tool to educate ourselves with. And I thought the purpose of education was not to validate ignorance and intolerance, but to over come it.
So, to anyone spouting these divisive and disgusting views, I say simply but vehemently, please educate yourself or put down your instrument.
  
 
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11:45 AM on 01/11/13
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Well i've got to say I agree, well put.
11:45 AM on 01/11/13
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Perfect.
11:45 AM on 01/11/13
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The thought that we actually toured and shared the same stage as this musician in 2011 now makes me feel a bit nauseous. If I knew he held views as embarrassingly archaic and morally disgraceful as this, we wouldn’t have ever gone near the band.

Yet, Enter Shikari still went ahead on a tour with someone as embarrassingly archaic and morally disgraceful as Ronnie Radke.
11:46 AM on 01/11/13
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tl;dr
11:47 AM on 01/11/13
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enter shikari sucks but this is a good post
11:51 AM on 01/11/13
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Very well said. I agree with dude 100%.
11:52 AM on 01/11/13
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Holy crap.

I've never been a fan of these guys but that is a damn well-spoken and intelligent statement. Huge props.
11:54 AM on 01/11/13
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Good Shiz.
11:54 AM on 01/11/13
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Yet, Enter Shikari still went ahead on a tour with someone as embarrassingly archaic and morally disgraceful as Ronnie Radke.
Valid point!
11:55 AM on 01/11/13
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This sort of thing really frustrates me. While I agree that people should be able to love who they want to love, and believe what they want to believe, the very nature of a rebuttal like this strips someone else of that ability. There are so many times that people preach love for everyone in such a hateful way. For Today are entitled to their beliefs just as much as anyone else is to theirs. I don't consider myself a believer, but I also found it funny that Enter Shikari use and argument like "We simply cannot and must not rely on the literal translation of scripture written thousands of years ago anymore" to debunk the Bible, and then later say something like this..."Plato, 400 years before the alleged birth of Christ, said “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” The argument against homophobia is legitimate, but I just find it to be very two-faced and hypocritical at times. If you're going to preach love, you better live it, too.
11:58 AM on 01/11/13
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I don't like what Mike said at all and with that said I'm over the reaction to his ignorant view points already. The dude is suffering from some terrible dogmatic religous viewpoint, but outside of that the consensus is that he is a decent person. I have friends like this and I hate what they say and stand for, but I feel like hating them as people is unfair when we've proven we can get along outside of it. Let's go back to hating on Ronnie Radke and Jonny Craig, they deserve the hate because they are terrible human beings. Mike is just delusional.
12:02 PM on 01/11/13
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Mike Reynolds.... Sorry, you're not a winner.
12:02 PM on 01/11/13
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This sort of thing really frustrates me. While I agree that people should be able to love who they want to love, and believe what they want to believe, the very nature of a rebuttal like this strips someone else of that ability. There are so many times that people preach love for everyone in such a hateful way. For Today are entitled to their beliefs just as much as anyone else is to theirs. I don't consider myself a believer, but I also found it funny that Enter Shikari use and argument like "We simply cannot and must not rely on the literal translation of scripture written thousands of years ago anymore" to debunk the Bible, and then later say something like this..."Plato, 400 years before the alleged birth of Christ, said “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” The argument against homophobia is legitimate, but I just find it to be very two-faced and hypocritical at times. If you're going to preach love, you better live it, too.
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Shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998, Shepard met Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson for the first time at the Fireside Lounge in Laramie, Wyoming.[7] It was decided that McKinney and Henderson would give Shepard a ride home.[8] McKinney and Henderson subsequently drove the car to a remote, rural area and proceeded to rob, pistol-whip, and torture Shepard, tying him to a fence and leaving him to die. According to their court testimony, McKinney and Henderson also discovered his address and intended to steal from his home. Still tied to the fence, Shepard, who was still alive but in a coma, was discovered 18 hours later by Aaron Kreifels, a cyclist who initially mistook Shepard for a scarecrow.[9]

Shepard had suffered fractures to the back of his head and in front of his right ear. He experienced severe brainstem damage, which affected his body's ability to regulate heart rate, body temperature, and other vital functions. There also were about a dozen small lacerations around his head, face, and neck. His injuries were deemed too severe for doctors to operate. Shepard never regained consciousness and remained on full life support. While he lay in intensive care, candlelight vigils were held by the people of Laramie.[10]

Shepard was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m. on October 12, 1998, at Poudre Valley Hospital, in Fort Collins, Colorado.[11][12][13][14] He was 21 years old.

That's what their "beliefs" can lead to.

They have the right to believe it. But others have the right to point out their ignorance and hate.
12:03 PM on 01/11/13
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Rou is the man.
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