An open letter to Depeche' Mode (esp Martin Gore)
One Angry Christian
I've been a fan of Depeche' Mode's for years. In fact, I've been a fan for well over a decade. I own several of your albums, and I've spent more time on the dance floor getting my groove on to your tunes than I care to admit. In short, I really enjoy your music.
I've been listening to your new album, and I've noticed there's a transition in the music. Maybe I missed it in previous albums, but I swear your music was never this negative towards people of a specific religion. I'm sure you know which song I'm talking about. Yes. It's "John the Revelator".
I really enjoy the beats in this tune, and even the music. It occurs to me however, that you've attacked my religion and it's "book of lies" as you call it. I won't riot in the streets, or come to your house and threaten you, or carry out any act of violence. Instead, much like most Christians, I'll write you a letter. It's how those of us who respect the teachings of the Bible (even if we don't continuously follow them perfectly) handle our disagreements.
I'm not going to threaten to boycott you - I'd simply be punishing myself by depriving myself of your music. I'm not going to threaten to harass DJs who spin your music - that'd be pointless, stupid, and frankly imposing my own feelings upon others at the club who also enjoy your music. What I am going to do is ask you a few questions:
"So we're different coloursI've done nothing to you. I'd appreciate it if you'd leave my religion alone so I can enjoy your music. You want to make fun of televangelists? I really couldn't care less. You want to attack politicians? I don't really care. You attack the religion my entire family practices in general? I care. What happened to live and let live?
And we're different creeds
And different people have different needs
It's obvious you hate me
Though I've done nothing wrong
I never even met you
So what could I have done
I can't understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand"
If I've missed the point here feel free to correct me, but please don't make any lame excuses about "why" you would go after 80% of the U.S. populace's proclaimed religion. I'd remind you that a large portion of those people who practice this religion, or at least respect it, buy your albums and enjoy your music. So at least in part, those you seem to be attacking are open minded enough to listen to you.
This is my one appeal to you in a peaceable manner, and then I'll drop it regardless of your reaction or lack thereof. It's not really about "putting a stop" to anything. It's your music, and I respect that.
Though, as a fan (and one who comes from a very Christian family who has defended you to the more fundamentalist movement) I simply want to appeal to your reason, and hope that you care about the large number of your fans who don't care for religious attacks, and/or those who consider themselves Christians.
I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thanks.
-One Angry Christian