This topic came up in my thread about the possible co-existence of good singers and good bassists in metal bands. You will probably need to start looking around page three of that thread to get the start of this. If somebody with more internet expertise than I could post carl-anton's question on page four of that thread, I would really appreciate it. I will also completely understand if the moderators nip this thread in the bud. The gist of the deal is this: to what extent should a Christian (or a devout follower of any religion) listen to or support bands which espouse and promote anti-Christian beliefs? A prime example is Tool. I feel like they are at the forefront of creative metal/hard/heavy bands and are helping move the music forward. Danny Carey is one of the most talented rock drummers around (IMHO) and the band is tight. Maynard, however, has sang lyrics like "F . . . your God, your Lord, your Christ." I'm a Christian. Should I be offended? In my view, yes, I should. I believe Christ died to save people from Hell by being publicly humiliated and dying a painful, shameful death. I have a relationship with him today because of His sacrifice. Frankly, it pisses me off when Maynard slags the One who went through the pain of flogging and crucifixion to save my butt from Hell. I feel the same about Cradle of Filth's t-shirts of several years back which read "Christ is a c . . ." (I only read about them in a magazine, correct me if they didn't really exist.) I know I sound like a Puritan so far, but I own a disc by AC/DC, and a White Zombie tape (I don't take Rob Zombie's cartoon Satanism seriously) and I don't feel badly about having them. Am I a little put off by "Highway to Hell?" Yeah, but the lyrics don't personally attack my God or my religion. Am I suggesting everyone should do feel the same way I do? No. That's up to you. It really sucks when great bands espouse and promote beliefs which directly slam your own belief system. Which side of you wins, the part that loves the music and respects the talent, or the part that's deeply offended and turned off by the words?