Sunday, December 11, 2011

Danny Michel: If God's On Your Side



Danny Michel sings "If God's On Your Side, which is on “Feather, Fur & Fin,” a 2008 release.

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Danny Michel, a Canadian singer/songwriter from Ontario, has hit a chord that resonates with many today—how some have used a religious narrative to disseminate hate and divide persons to "us" and "them." Imposing the idea that a deity, God, condones the actions of only a particular exclusive group is part of the problem. Such a limited understanding of the religious narrative surely goes against the ideals of individual liberty and humanity.

Truly, there is a great need in humans for freedom. There is an equal need to question long-held assumptions in light of scientific evidence. It's true that there is a need for community, but not at the expense of individuality. Thus explains the conflict. Religionists with fixed views of the world "believe" that every person ought to think similarly. But the ideas of The Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, handmaidens of democracy, say otherwise. Humans have the right to respectfully dissent from such views—to think freely and to make choices apart from religion.

It's not surprising, then, that many intelligent young people are turning away from organized religion, questioning its efficacy for doing good. If religion is to be an ennobling force, which it has the inherent potential to be, it has to be a force of good, one that supports humanity and its betterment.

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If God's On Your Side
by Danny Michel

Come down baby from the mountaintop
It's time for you to let this go
There's things out there you just can't stop
There's things out there you just don't know
There's nowhere left for you to run

And all these books and all these words
Incompatible, absurd
You're watching on your TV set
'Til the world's a burning wreck
'Til you can hate someone you've never met

Well all I see is hate and greed
People fighting in the streets
And all these tears are washing me away
And Intolerance and genocide
And your book says that mine's a lie
If God's on your side, then who's on mine?

I woke up sleeping in a dream
All the boys had come back home
Your family's dancing in the streets
Your cousin's on the telephone
There's no need left for you to roam

Jesus, Buddha, Zeus and Jah
Apollo, Vishnu, and Allah
Bullets rain while children play
Do you watch or look away?
Tell me who decides, who will choose,
Who will win, who will lose?

Well all I see is hate and greed
People fighting in the streets
And all these tears are wearing us away
And Intolerance and genocide
And your book says that mine's a lie
If God's on your side, then who's on mine?

You knelt there in a pew
And you said a prayer or two
Lit a candle for luck
Put your money in the cup
You quote chapter and verse
And how your God got here first
In a stem cell petrie dish
There's a Darwin bumper fish

Come down baby from the mountaintop
Take a breath and let it go
There's things out there you just can't stop
There's things out there you'll never know
There's no need left for you to run

All I see is hate and greed
People fighting in the streets
And all these tears are wasting us away
And when we wake up in this war
but no one knows what it was for
Was God on my side, or was he on yours?
If God's on your side, then who's on mine?

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