Hey all this is Maty Almost. The one who dreamed up this idea. Kinda funny that mine is the second one. Well I am a Christian, it hasn’t always been that way. I was going to church from a young age. At 15 I got into punk rock with Bad Religion, Crass, Subhumans and Peni. I was LDS at that time. As I got more into punk I began having conflicts with people in that church. Including a near fist fight with a member of the Bishoprick. Not all Mormons are bad, there were a lot of rotten apples in that ward. Still having a belief though I was living the cliché of drugs, booze and colored hair, I found a local Evangelical church to attend. The worship music had a punk vibe to it and my friend’s girl had talked us into going. I went for about 2 or 3 years. I was getting increasingly upset that I could people were talking trash on my appearance and visibly being wasted. Way to help someone who’s hurting. The final straw came at a Sunday service when the main pastor said that 9/11 occurred due to the existence of Gays in this country. I walked out and never went back. I walked away from God for a bit after that. In later years I’ve learned that the dogmatic sociopaths are the problem as they are not truly living or teaching the way of Jesus Christ. At any rate I was wavering between Agnostic and Atheist for a number of years. Then I got into Zen Buddhism for about 3 years in my 20’s. Even went Vegetarian. These days I’m a Christian who has a problem with most organized churches as they seem to treat beliefs as a band aid instead of a ground to stand. For me my faith works into punk as both are about believing in something bigger that yourself, standing your ground despite society and doing right by others. My nick name in my old scene is Fish which has a lot of reasons. Including having worked with Food Not Bombs and local churches at feedings. Maybe one day I’ll feed 5000 people with my own 2 hands.
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.
Hey, puttin this out to y’all on the page/ blog. I want to do a faith project on the blog. I want a number of ya punk rockers to write about whatever your faith is and how it works into your being punk rock/ Hardcore. I know I can find both Christians and Atheists here. I am looking for all faiths to get a good range of viewpoints. Maybe we can all learn something. Message or comment the blog or page if this is something you wish to be a part of. I will personally contact each person who expresses interest.
– Maty Almost