Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Priests, Rapists, Snap and Bad Religion's "Christmas Songs"

 Two words that should not go together are Priest and Rapist but unfortunately these two words that should be morally opposite seemingly go hand in hand rather hold hands as it were with the remaining hands holding the hands of innocent children. The disgusting truth has been out there for decades and while the hierarchy of the Catholic Church has a history of easily half a century of feigning concern but really doing nothing there are organizations that have sprung up to not only fight the good fight but to give a voice to those who have been sexually, physically, mentally abused within the supposed sanctity of the "house of God."

Bad Religion is releasing "Christmas Songs" and 20% of the proceeds from the albums sales will be contributed to SNAP which is a "Survivors Network" for people sexually abused by Priests. I do not endorse SNAP as an organization because I don't know that much about it but their Mission Statement is a just one. I encourage anyone who donates to any organization to check them out to make sure they are who they say they are. Be smart and be just.
Fight the good fight!
Robb Donker


Christmas Songs Released on October 29
Bad Religion to Contribute a Percentage of Proceeds to Charity
Revered punk rock legend Bad Religion is releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features 8 new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single "American Jesus" by Andy Wallace. Get in the holiday spirit and listen to Bad Religion's rendition of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" now: http://youtu.be/PLCxbXfyXCo.

Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit: http://www.snapnetwork.org/.

"This might be the most subversive album we've done," co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. "To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of god and religion. These are just really good songs, and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone."

The band's iconic vocalist and co-songwriter, Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.

In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent is as relevant as ever.  And this Christmas season, just a little more ironic.

Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting www.badreligionstore.com.

About Bad Religion

Quintessential Los Angeles punk rock pioneers Bad Religion formed in 1980 in the suburbs of Los Angeles by teenage friends. Bad Religion has become synonymous with intelligent and provocative West Coast punk rock and are considered one of the most influential and important bands in the genre.  Over the past three decades the band has continually pushed social boundaries and questioned authority and beliefs armed only with propulsive guitars, charging drumbeats, thoughtful lyrics and an undying will to inspire and provoke anyone who will listen. Already having cemented their place in history as a groundbreaking band who helped create a movement in Los Angeles with classic releases like How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Suffer, Recipe for Hate, Stranger Than Fiction, Process of Belief, The Dissent of Man, and most recently True North, Bad Religion continue to inspire and create with a unique style that continues to cross boundaries and transcends genres.

Christmas Songs Tracklisting

01. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
02. O Come All Ye Faithful
03. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
04. White Christmas
05. Little Drummer Boy
06. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
07. What Child Is This?
08. Angels We Have Heard On High
09. American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)

For more information, visit: www.epitaph.com or www.badreligion.com.


  1. We are very grateful for your generosity!

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  2. SNAP is NOT the organization it purports to be! Beware!!