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Deliverance, the most retarded band of all time?

If we’re to go by the lyrics and ham-fisted playing of their non-hit ‘What a Joke’, it would seem that US metallers Deliverance are some of the most horrible people you could wish to avoid meeting.

First, here’s the song, in all it’s dimwitted, homophobic ‘glory’ –

Some believers, instead of reacting with the kind of disdain any normal human being would experience, seem to think that this song is a hard hitting ‘tell it like it is’ faithfest, something to be championed.

The lyrics are beyond belief….

I’m so tired of all this guile
Homos saying they’re not perverted
It’s an alternative lifestyle

Law enforcement, politicians and businessmen
These days with most of them
Corruption is a synonym

We fight this battle not against evil
Against those who think they are good
I’ve not stolen, murdered or destroyed
God will let me in!
What a joke
God will laugh at your calamity
What a joke
He will mock when your terror comes

Wannabe intellects spew
“There is no God”
Proving themselves fools, liars and frauds

Remnant prays this battle against evil
Against those who perceive they are right
They’ve not stolen, murdered or destroyed
God must let them in!
What a joke
God will laugh at your calamity
What a joke
He will mock when your terror comes
What a joke
Despising knowledge, choosing not to fear
What a joke
Complacency of fools will destroy

Voice overs:
STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: You know it’s like a certain lady said, “You’re god, I’m god, we’re all god, all religion is good
All paths lead to the same destination
ANSWER: Yeah, the Judgement Seat of Christ

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: I’m an atheist, I don’t believe in God
ANSWER: Yea, well God doesn’t believe in atheists

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: Well everybody knows the Bible is full of contradictions
ANSWER: Your ignorance is what the contradiction is. Why don’t you show me a couple, we’ll deal with them

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: I’m going to party with all my friends in hell
ANSWER: Not even worthy of an answer

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: The world is at least one hundred million years old, you know, where’s that leave your Christian Bible?
ANSWER: Well carbon fourteen dating has also been proven wrong by showing that living things have been dead for thousand years

STATEMENT OF IGNORANCE: How are we supposed to know if there is a God if we can’t see Him?

What a joke!

Homophobia, lack of understanding of geology, theology, politics….it’s all there, grunted out by a total fucking dick who claims to be a follower of Christianity. I think it’s disgusting, and I’m not alone – let’s hear what former Deliverance bass player, Brian Khairullah had to say about Christianity….

I think Christianity is like any other of the TENS OF THOUSANDS of religions that have been created by humans across the millennia: its sole purpose is to control, manipulate, keep captive in fear and guilt all of its adherents. Religion poisons and destroys. Most of the followers of christianity, like any other religion, do not see themselves as victims of deception and honestly believe that there is a (sometimes) omni-everything deity who loves them personally and takes active interest in every minute part of their lives. They are just normal people caught up in the culture they were raised in.

Then there are those who revel in lording their religion over others, telling non-believers they “will be laughing while they watch you burn in hell” (really – I’ve heard this from MANY believers), condemning people for being human or whatever their humanity has made them, denying scientific FACT in favor of ancient, ignorant superstitions. This is not limited to religious leaders, but also includes the most zealous, the most “religious”, and these are the most dangerous. These are the people who will murder doctors, fly planes into buildings, deny scientific and medical research that promise breakthroughs that will benefit all of humanity because they believe certain types of “cells” contain souls and can potentially become human. They believe themselves to be The Righteous, The True, The Defenders – but they are evil and destructive and filled with hate. (from here)

Brilliant, couldn’t have said it better myself, Brian. His point about ‘those who revel in lording their religion over others, telling non-believers they “will be laughing while they watch you burn in hell”‘ really reminds me of some theists I’ve encountered online, theists who think that Deliverance are brilliant.


Brian’s blog post about his journey from faith to atheism is worth a read, click here to do so.

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3 thoughts on “Deliverance, the most retarded band of all time?

  1. In the 1990's and as a Christian, I was involved with a group that brought Deliverance to play in my country. They were backed by a band called Mortification. They played in a school hall. We gave out Bibles and Christian leaflets. The kids loved Mortification and enjoyed Deliverance. They were annoyed at the preaching at the end, which is understandable because we billed it as a metal show not a church service. I'm shocked by the lyrics to this song and feel bad about my tiny part in promoting it years ago.

  2. Oh – I just remembered something.After the show, some kids found a giant truck tire and somehow managed to roll it up the school's playground (large and tall) slide.No idea how they managed that without killing themselves.

  3. Their former bass player is spot on I feel, and his description of the 'you're going to hell' Christians reminds me a great deal of people like Stormbringer and Rhomphaia

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