Music Again Found to be Satan
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
(SNN Yokosuka) Elder G. Graige Lewis attacked hip-hop as "the greatest attack on the youth of the world." The minister says that rap stars like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and the Three 6 Mafia hide Satanic images in their music.
"The Devil has a plan to deceive this country through music," Lewis told an audience of 60 at Yokosuka's Little Theater. "It started with heavy metal, but that only attracted a demographic of white, suburban kids. Hip-hop has global appeal. It’s an entire culture of clothes, music and lifestyle. You listen to the music while the lyrics promote killing, drugs, sex, crime, idolatry and violence." It was not known if the country Lewis was speaking of was the United States or Japan.
Airman Marissa Shafer-Barnes doesn't think there's anything wrong. "Only somebody really weak would listen to this music and say 'that's the thing to do,'" said Shafer-Barnes, someone who was susceptible to the advertising of Air Force recruiters.
"Lucifer was the chief musician in heaven before he fell to Earth and became Satan," Lewis said. "It's ridiculous to see these people thanking God for selling so many records or winning awards. You can’t serve two masters. You can’t dance with the devil and praise the Lord." But that is where Lewis is wrong. Studies show that most adults are able to coordinate more than one task at a time. In addition it has been shown that this ability can be learned over time, possibly even by hip-hop artists.
But Lewis is not alone in his complaints. Other styles have been accused of being the work of the devil. In the 50s, Rockabilly and Doo-Wop were considered satanic. And Jazz has been considered Satanic since the Devil taught Robert Johnson how to play the blues in exchange for his soul.