‘God Said’ by Anthony David

Singer Anthony David was listening to Pat Robertson explain how the “earthquake in Haiti was because of a curse from God” and that compelled him to write a song called “God Said.”

I’m not one of those who claims that religion is the ONLY thing that causes all of the wars and bloodshed, but it has caused many. But not necessarily even the religion but the interpretetation of a few dangerous minds put into the wrong position of power or influence. I figured it was time to have a conversation with extremists like this, and put that kind of thinking in it’s proper perspective.

It’s a terrific song. The video is below and the lyrics can be found here:

(Thanks to Rene for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Bee

    This is one of my favoritest songs right now.

  • http://charlottestachyonweb.blogspot.com Atalaya

    It may have been this channel or another that posted this video with the idea that this was a pro-Christian/God song.

    It was hilarious the comments telling the uploader otherwise.

  • NotYou007

    I posted this on the forum sometime ago. I really enjoy his voice and the song/video is very powerful. When I posted it on my facebook page though nobody ever responded to it.

    http://forum.friendlyatheist.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=4665

  • Vanessa

    This guy is talented. Thanks for sharing!

  • Skunque

    Loving it!

  • joshing

    This is great. I wish comments on the YouTube page weren’t disabled so I could leave a message there.

  • Noophy

    Bought it.

  • Michelle

    Can we just listen to me, I’m a hell of lot nicer than that guy. *I mean god/God, not Hemant, he’s pretty cool.

  • Jim

    Nice combination of profound and disturbing. Very powerful.

  • matt

    That was way better than I was expecting!

    Also, way to be self-critical, Hemant. It’s why I keep reading even when I disagree.

  • Kristi

    Anyone happen to watch the “up next” video following the song? Which was great by the way, very moving song :)

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    Very good song! Good video too!

  • http://gandalfe.wordpress.com/ Gandalfe

    Made me think of this track:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-PX2Z4r-e4

  • Hazor

    God said a lot of nonsense in the bible, but (Assuming you’re a trinitarian), he also said:
    “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, …” (Matthew 7:12, NIV)

    @Gandalfe: The whole time I was thinking how that song might sound if sung by Lily Allen. Now I want to hear it.

  • http://www.pbase.com/jfinite Justin Bonaparte

    I N C R E D I B L E !

  • Claudia

    Not just a great message, but a really good song. Love it.

    Bought and downloading to my iPod as I write.

  • Danielle

    Pat Robertson can go to hell…

  • Unholy Holly

    Heard it. Watched it. Liked it. Supported it (bought it).

  • http://www.rollingmojo.com anthony david

    thanks everyone! Glad to see some freethinkers not only finding this tune, but actually liking it! I’m a proud boy today.

  • ICarlySuperFan

    Wow, what an awesome, powerful song. I am showing this to everyone i know.

  • downtown dave

    It’s a very good song. There are many who interpret the meaning of the Bible for their own purposes, and they will answer for it. But can you deny that the world is getting worse? That tragedies are increasing? God is the only one who can help us. To me, it is dellusional to look at a fallen world in chaos, and say things are getting better. We need God. When we look at the destruction around us, who should we call on? Can we really save ourselves? http://atheistlegitimacy.blogspot.com/

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Kev Quondam, Kevque Futurum

    @Dave:

    Is God sleeping on the job or is he just unable to fix the ills of the world?

  • ACN

    Dave,

    Add your blog as a link in your signature.

    Stop blog-whoring on every post.

  • Claudia

    @downtown dave said:

    But can you deny that the world is getting worse? That tragedies are increasing?

    Actually yes, I can. You can be forgiven for thinking that “things are getting worse” because it’s very human to be totally centered on the present-day as The Most Important Time with little regard to how it actually holds up to empirical scrutiny.

    As it happens we can actually know things about how our lives stand up to those of our ancestors. By comparison to them, our lives are freaking terrific. Worldwide, we now live over twice as long (!!) than we lived during the VAST majority of the history of our species. The population has exploded and this causes problems, but think of the root reason: infant mortality has plummeted, and more people have enough food and clean water to enable their survival, both things we can attribute to human ingenuity, not divine intervention, by the way.

    Even our wars, horrific as they are, are relatively tame. Consider that, despite weaponry being unfathomably more advanced and destructive, conflicts have had fewer and fewer victims. The Iraq war has yielded many fewer casualties than the Vietnam war had, even when adjusted for the difference in duration. Dying violently has become less and less common as time and civilization has advanced.

    Literacy has never been higher. There has never been a time in history where more people had control over their own governance. We have never known as much as we know now, or lived as long, or lived as well.

    That certainly doesn’t mean that there aren’t horrors and tragedies in the world. There are and they must be consistently fought against. You think you need a supernatural figure of some sort to do it. I and many others like me have no such neccesity. However when you make a concrete claim like “things are getting worse” remember that concrete claims have concrete answers, and it’s a good idea to check that your claim is true before basing your argument on it. Cheers.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    @downtown dave,

    As Claudia says, concrete religious claims will often get you into trouble. Just look at Harold Camping’s prediction of the Rapture that was to occur back on May 21st of this year. It is safer to stick to religious predictions and claims that are not falsifiable like what happens in the afterlife. No-one can prove you wrong with afterlife claims. Of course no one can prove ANY afterlife claim wrong. That is the problem with religion. I could make up all sorts of crazy stuff right now and you would not be able to prove me wrong. Your only rationale as someone who believes in some unfalsifiable claims to not believe my claims would be that my crazy ideas are not part of your own belief tradition. They are not in your bible. Although, if I could go back in a time machine and write all these crazy ideas down and convince the people that started your belief tradition that it was “scripture” (and get them to include it in the bible) then you would probably be believing my crazy ideas right now.

  • Jeff

    Actually, I do think things are getting worse, but I blame it largely on the likes of downtown dave.

  • Claudia

    @anthony david I just saw on your website that you got a shoutout from the President himself. How awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/cjjc0 C.J

    A more accurate lyric/video page: http://rapgenius.com/Anthony-david-god-said-lyrics


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