All right, I'll put my hands up and admit it... when I was about sixteen, I wrote a four-page e-mail to God Hates Goths, hoping to make them see the error of their Goth-bashing ways. I got a short note in reply telling me that they didn't bother to read the entire e-mail, and calling me 'Ashley' (close enough). You can imagine how embarrassed I was when several months later I finally figured out that God Hates Goths is a satirical website, and as such my militant mallgoth rage was entirely redundant.
So I am therefore approaching this post (requested by Kitty Lovett) with some trepidation, although I am (somewhat) reliably informed that the following site is nothing less than the genuine article. After spending half an hour reading about how Sabrina (the teenage witch) is 'evil', tattoos are 'marks of Satan' and Guitar Hero is 'of the devil', I'm not entirely convinced, but let's go for it anyway!
Jesus Is Savior is a Christian (although I am using the term loosely here) website, which, if it is genuine, does not do much for promoting the tenet of 'loving thy neighbour as thyself'. I find it hard to believe that this is not satirical; the obsessive zeal and alarming ignorance remind me of other satirical sites such as Landover Baptist and the abovementioned God Hates Goths. Its slightly hysterical tone and fanatical standpoint are used against everything from Wicca to Roman Catholicism, from TV (known as 'devilvision') to, of course, Goth culture.
|Source: Jesus Is Savior|
In general, I don't feel that the disgusting behaviour of such bigots is representative of Christianity - I'm sure that the large majority of those who follow a religion based on peace, love and forgiveness would think that stoning a child in the street is abominable. As such, as I think I have mentioned before, I hesitate to refer to those who propagate such sickening acts as 'Christian', because I strongly feel that there's more to being a 'good' Christian than simply standing in a church once a week.
Views like those of the writers at Jesus Is Savior are likely to be just as offensive to Christian Goths than the Wiccans and Satanists whose beliefs are attacked therein, because statements like, "Goths are all obsessed with death and despair, with terror and violence, and most Goths use drugs as a form of everyday life," undermine the values and faith of those who consider themselves both Goth and Christian.
The above quote was taken from an article on Jesus Is Savior, entitled Goth Will Destroy Your Child, by David J. Stewart. Here, for your amusement and daily face-palming workout, may I present a few more highlights from this article:
- "Goth is a deplorable type of heathen culture that glorifies everything that is vile and unholy. The dictionary defines "Goth" as: A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement. This pretty much sums up the Goth culture today. Goth glorifies things that are sick, nasty, improper, freakish, and downright demonic. Goth is NOT just the music. In fact, not all Goths listen to Goth music."
- "The term "Goth" refers to all categories of Gothics, from Emo 'Goths' to black metal 'Goths' to vampire 'Goths; from thrasher 'Goths' to punk 'Goths' to industrial 'Goths.' "Goth" is just a word the media uses to group a certain type of people together. The Goth culture includes Emos/ punks/ Wiccan witches/ self-abusers/ thrashers/ grungers/ heavy metallers, et cetera. This includes the Marilyn Manson, AC/DC, Smashing Pumpkins, Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne crowd as well." EVERYBODY IS A GOTH!!!
- "Goth causes teenage girls to become whores, depresses kids to the point of cutting themselves, and turns otherwise normal kids into Columbine shooters. The Goth culture is obsessed with death and the darker side of life, which is clearly evidenced in Goth music. Goth is of the Devil. Goth in itself is a mental illness, a sickness of the soul, mainly affecting teenagers in the same way as schizophrenia would, although to a greater extent. Its symptoms range from isolation and negativity to aggression and hate for humanity, depression, violent outbursts, low self esteem, self-loathing, self-harming and suicide. Many Goths turn to a life of crime to feed their addiction to drugs, sadism, violence and perversion."
- "Goth deliberately crosses all the lines of proper dress, manners, refinement, and decency. Goth picks up where Rock 'n' Roll leaves off, offering a course in advanced rebellion, sexual immorality, and Satan worship. The Goth crowd is truly living at the bottom of the barrel of life, right where Satan wants them."
"‘It’s just sad the modern church is keeping within it’s boundaries,’ adds Billie. ‘Jesus went specifically to the outcasts in society, in this day and age, that doesn’t seem to happen.’ While Christian gatherings specifically for alternative people are one answer, neither thinks this is a reason for the ordinary church to turn their backs. There is a universal call for the Church as a whole to be less condemnatory and more inclusive. In Ash’s view this is something that Goths often get right and Christians do not. ‘It’s about inclusiveness. A Goth will sit down and talk to you, find out where you’re coming from.’ She has had no problems with her non-Christian Goth friends accepting her faith, but lots of problems from the church accepting the way they look. Marcus thinks it is essential that people get over the issue of what people look like. ‘The big problem, and challenge, is to try not to be judgmental about the way somebody dresses. You have to see what is good in them, not try to change them, but make them realise that Jesus is alongside them. They’ll find God on their own terms.'" - from Spirituality and Goths, Christiangoth.com.