An angsty atheist country music star? Is that even allowed?

February 2nd, 2007 at 01:56pm Os

I don’t like country music. I’m being up front and honest here but I can’t stand it, and my prejudiced ears ache whenever I hear those steel guitars sliding up and down and the southern drawl singing. To repeat something I heard years ago, everytime I hear country music I can feel myself become more stupid. It’s the musical equivalent of fingernails scraping down a blackboard.

If you asked me to sum up country music in words I’d say “god, america and apple pie”. Then while listening to podcasts of Penn Radio, a caller mentioned an atheist country star called Robbie Fulks.

I downloaded a few of his songs, including one called “God Isn’t Real” which is a heartfelt song about the evident non-existence of any god, a viewpoint I completely share.

But it’s country music, with steel guitars.

I could feel myself become more stupid the longer I listened – even though they lyrics were intelligent and I actually agree with them.

However, I am pleased that there’s an out-atheist in the country music scene, statistically there should be lots of them but like being an atheist politician, being an atheist country musician is probably seen as a bad career choice.

More power to him, I hope he does some good, but it’s really not for me.


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  • 1. Anonymous  |  June 6th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I love country music, but I agree about feeling more stupid the more I listen. Especially some of the very popular new songs with lyrics like:

    I believe that gas is too damn high
    Ain’t nothin’ more American than Mama’s apple pie
    I believe in love, I believe in peace
    But I don’t believe we’ll ever see it in the Middle East
    I believe the Bible is cold hard fact
    And I believe that Jesus is coming back
    Before she does

    Ugh– disgusting.

    I gotta look into this athiest guy! Thanks!


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