Black Jesus in an Electric Chair + a Crucified Gorilla

I rarely understand modern art, but I appreciate whenever traditional views are challenged, and this will certainly do the trick. Paul Fryer‘s newest work brings together race, religion, and a gorilla… on a crucifix: [Fryer] insists he wants to highlight the plight of the Western Lowland Gorillas, and to challenge the Christian notion that animals [Read More...]

More Musicians Embrace Godlessness

Yesterday, I mentioned that Jazz bassist Ben Allison recently outed himself as an atheist. Apparently, he’s not the only musician taking that path. The band A.F.I. (A Fire Inside) has a new album coming out tomorrow titled “Crash Love.” One song on the album is titled “Sacrilege” and the lyrics allude to a pro-atheist stance: [Read More...]

Charlotte Music Festival Gives Proceeds to Dawkins Foundation… Complaints Ensue

***Update***: I made an error with the original posting. No band opted out of the festival; only sponsors did. The posting now reflects that. Sorry for any confusion … The Charlotte Pop Fest ’09 took place this weekend — it’s a music festival that featured the likes of The Smithereens, Jill Sobule, and several bands/singers [Read More...]

Jazz Bassist Ben Allison Outs Himself As an Atheist

Ben Allison is a jazz bassist whose ninth album, Think Free, will be released in a couple weeks. What’s the deal with the album’s name? Allison explains: This is my “coming out” album. I’ve been living with a secret for quite a while. It’s something that most of my friends know about me but I’ve [Read More...]

An Excerpt from The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

The more I see images from the book, the more I can’t wait to read The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb. Check out this bit from Chapter 19 about when Lot suggests to men from Sodom that they can rape his virgin daughters: The full book is scheduled to be published in mid-October, [Read More...]