Sunday, November 23, 2008

Is Prince Really Opposed to Gay Marriage?


Prince is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He's kind of a genius, or at least he used to be. Honestly, I haven't listened to much of his stuff since "Diamonds & Pearls." Anyway, The New Yorker recently ran a piece on him, in which

When asked about his perspective on social issues—gay marriage, abortion—Prince tapped his Bible and said, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’ ”


Early in the article we're told that Prince has been a Jehovah's Witness for about seven years. Jehovah's Witnesses have their own Bible translation, called the New World Translation. I've never read it, have you? How similar is it to the King James Version? There are a few stories of god sending plagues down upon the earth to clear things out; most famous is probably the story of the flood. Prince's non-sequiter doesn't really answer the question paraphrased at the beginning of the paragraph (and why don't we get the full question that the author asked?). I think it's possible that Prince, a bit of a trickster who once changed his name to a squiggly design that combined the symbols for male and female, was having some fun with the author.

After all, Jehovah's Witnesses are known for their practical jokes. How many times have they predicted the end of the world? 50 times? 100?

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