I remember the day I became an atheist. I didn’t know the word existed then, but I certainly recall the day in Grade 2 – all of six years of age – sitting in a circle with my classmates listening to the Catholic school primary teacher reading bible stories and thinking – these are just stories. This was in the day when the immaculate conception, virgin birth and all the other miracles were taken as gospel. I mean, taken literally. And the Catholics were good at indoctrination through vivid storytelling. I believe I’m suffering PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) acquired through vicarious trauma from one story told by a nun when I was in Grade 6.
Anyways, I rather surprised myself today to find that I was listening to a custom music cover version mixtape (ahem, a CD I put together) featuring a few songs that mention the good lord, as the sisters would have thought him.
So here are three of my favourites.
Personal Jesus by Jazzistic featuring Karen Souza (originally Depeche Mode)
Plastic Jesus by Billy Idol
See Paul Newman sing Plastic Jesus in the movie Cool Hand Luke
Dear God by Sarah McLachlan (originally XTC)
I wonder what The Penguin would say?