Alright well I’ll start off with saying that I was raised in a Christian family. Grew up with a basic idea of what religion is and about Christianity. When I was I’d say around 9 or 10 I discovered the casualties and remembered I had cousins who were into them and I asked them about the group and that started it all they would tell me stories and history of the punk rock scene and show me other bands such as rancid, bad brains, black flag, misfits, dead Kennedy’s an then modern day bands such as unseen, the rabble and a global threat. As years went on I grew more accustomed to the music and began to have an interest in writing and playing instruments, and started making DIY clothes like jackets and shit and was all about being independent. This is when I really started to think about my religious views. And it all confused me with how there could be such a thing like a “god”. And it just made me confused and uncomfortable. So I drifted away from religion. I don’t like to be told what to do and pushed around and the idea of worshipping a god doesn’t quite click with me. Punk Rock has ultimately taught me to be myself and to not be so shy of who I am, instead of being afraid of showing what you are and believe in, live it out! When people ask me what religion I am I just say atheist. I don’t really believe in a god. Looking at all the more logical ways of life I just don’t see how or why some people can have such a strong faith because it just isn’t there. Though I don’t like being involved with any religion at all, I respect others and their faith instead of arguing with them. I know what is right and what is wrong and I will govern myself accordingly. Punk rock has made me to be a more observable person and a deep thinker. I love the scene and the people in it. I would not be who I am today without it. Music now is what means the most to me and I have it to thank for getting me through some o the toughest times.
You are who you are and we are all unique with different looks and opinions. Instead of debating on who is right I believe we should all respect each others thoughts and get along.
– Blake Suman