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Epistophelia

This is hilarious

The backstory:

Last week G2 launched Operation Clark County to help readers have a say in the American election by writing to undecided voters in the crucial state of Ohio. In the first three days, more than 11,000 people requested addresses. Here is some of the reaction to the project that we received from the US




Real Americans aren't interested in your pansy-ass, tea-sipping opinions. If you want to save the world, begin with your own worthless corner of it.
Texas, USA

I used to visit the UK every year. I love the history and culture of your country. But after I heard about your campaign to influence our elections, I've decided that neither myself, nor my family will ever visit again. I'm offended by your campaign and because of it, I'm remembering more of the negative aspects I've seen in the UK than the positive ones. Though I still love the castles!
Detroit

As a US citizen, I want to advise you that you and anyone that participates in subverting the US presidential election can be criminally charged and perhaps even charged as spies.
California




I think the response letters are terrific and that it may be a noble notion but I think the Operation Clark County is a terrible idea. People who are really reactionary and set in thier ways aren't going to take well to what they perceive as the meddling of others and it will only serve to make them more reactionary and weaken Kerry's position I fear.

Plus I think it would really irritate me if someone was telling me how to vote. And reasoning with people who aren't really interested in listening really ain't gonna work.

Along similar yet, differnt lines I've translated one of the letters that people write to a Christian Orthodox Site in which they bring thier spiritual concerns to the priests and the priests reply.

So this week's Question for the Shepard is

Will I go to hell because of my passion for Hip-hop?


Dear Shepard,

Ever since I discovered your site, I have become enlightened in my faith through your texts about our Orthodoxy and sacred Serbian values. This site is a true treasury of knowledge for every young man of my age. My problem and question is the following: for a long time I've been listening to a certain type of music, known as gangster rap, which I valued mostly for its rhythm but ever since I've recently learned well English in school I've started understanding the lyrics that the rappers (mostly of negroid descent) speak, so I've become concerned for my mental health, and spiritual and Orthodox integrity.

The lyrics mostly consist of insults about other rappers, the entire female population (they know women as *bitches* or that other word beginning with *w* which I won't say so as not to anger God) and it seems almost every living thing on this planet when I study the matter a bit more deeply. Second, they seem to support violence and criminal behaviour. On the other hand, if not that, then most often they present promiscuity in a positive light, by singing about the size of women't bottoms and God help me, about details of thier sexual desires, or more often previous sexual experiences. And then almost every rapper at least once in any song must emphasise that he is often in a narcotic state. And finally, the language they use seems mostly made of swear words and not of God-pleasing words! I don't want to delve into particular examples too deeply, but you can imagine the sense of a song called "The Gangsta, the Killa, and the Dope Deala"!

Such shocking lyrics I can think of in thier hundreds, and once I gaily pronounced myself (without knowing what they meant), and I must confess that I also often used to use marijuana, before I discovered Godly values. My concern is that I still don't know if I've been brainwashed already in childhood when I filled my head with these things? Besides, I still love listening to this type of music because it's very rhythmical and melodious but I mostly skip lyrics which seem defy God.

My question is: will I go to hell because of my passion for hip-hop?

Dusan


A:
Dear Dusan,

When I read your letter I saw that you have already expressed a part of hell in which you find yourself! Hell is all of that which opposes God: peace is displaced by unrest; the soul's quiet and serenity becomes unsettled with noise, shouts, curses etc.- and anger at the world. Revolt, revolt, revolt! Every musical movement has a message, and the one you described practically sows Hell into the immature souls of young men. The philosophy of this century seems to have as a goal to steep young poeple in sin, so that they may form that way. It seems to me you have an incomplete understanding of Hell, so therefore I'd ask you to read the text of Mitropolitan Antoni "On the eternity of torments beyond the grave"

You won't go to hell if all which you wrote about you replace with diametrically opposite things, such gospels and good works. Just humbly and repentantly embrace the Church and listen to Her voice and you'll see no Hell.

So flee from that music and those people in it as fast as your legs can carry you.

May the Lord give you strength to persevere

Father Ljubo.

Comments

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mzwyndi
Oct. 26th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
Clark County Ohio is where I bought my first, and only, gun. It's about a half-hour car trip from my house, about five miles from my father's. Just a moment of perspective.
casaubon
Oct. 26th, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
Mitropolit - Metropolitan

re Operation Clark County
From what I've heard/read the response from the people that actually received letters was either positive or ambivalent. The vitriolic responses are mainly from the usual rabid Republican sources.
rainsinger
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
Mitropolit - Metropolitan

Cheers, amended. :)

Yes, there were some pretty cool non-vitriolic responses on the site as well, but I find the rabid ones much more amusing.
casaubon
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
I'd ask you to read the text of Mitropolitan Antoni "On the eternity of torments beyond the grave"

This demands a perusal. But Googling found nothing... :(
rainsinger
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
It's on a Serb Orthodoxy site, but I'll see if I can translate it for you.
casaubon
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
Don't take too much trouble... but I'd be interested in the edited highlights. :)
kayselkiemoon
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)
goodness. I hadn't heard of operation clark county, but upon thinking about it i can't say i'm surprised by the responses you posted. at first i found them hilarious, but on reflection they sadden me as well. I agree with your statement: "People who are really reactionary and set in thier ways aren't going to take well to what they perceive as the meddling of others and it will only serve to make them more reactionary and weaken Kerry's position I fear." I don't want it to be this way, but i fear it is. i support people doing a lot to increase voter awareness and increase the percent of americans who vote, but personalized mail is a bit too intrusive, i feel. *sigh* I've already voted (absentee ballot), so at least i'm not anxious on that score. but it is, overall, quite an anxious time.

similarily, i found the hiphop letter and response first hilarious and then saddening. "So flee from that music and those people in it as fast as your legs can carry you. May the Lord give you strength to persevere." right. good grief.

*thoughtful*
rainsinger
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
yes, I agree.. hilarious and saddening, but I prefer to focus on the funny side. Makes things much nicer. If Eastern Europeans were not genetically bred to appreciate black humour the whole nation would have undoubtedly topped itself by now.
bluedevi
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
Oh, no! I'm listening to OutKast *right now*! I shall burn to a toasty crisp!

current music: Behold A Lady
rainsinger
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
Oh no!
Clearly this is a critical situation and there is no time to lose - quick, repent and embrace the Orthodox Church (there's one in Ladbroke Grove)!
meepettemu
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Heh, i read about the operation CC thing last week. Amusing. More amusing that somehow some British people thought that would *help*!

:o)
mzwyndi
Oct. 26th, 2004 07:11 am (UTC)
I think it is mind-blowing. Absolutely hilarious. Too funny for words.
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guihong
Oct. 26th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
I thought we essentially told the British to MYOB about 230 years ago :o).

mzwyndi and I hail from the same stomping grounds.

Love,Me
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