Photo: Associated Press
The USA is a difficult country to understand sometimes. Stupendously progressive one moment and head-scratchingly backwards the next. Last week Indiana became the 20th state to introduce “religious freedom laws” which allow businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian couples.
Freedom to practice one’s religion is a commendable thing, but in a society made up of people with different beliefs there are fundamental rights that supersede (gasp) all religious ones. They’re called “human rights” because they belong to all people regardless of religion, race, gender and sexual orientation. The argument that businesses shouldn’t have to serve those who offend their beliefs is illogical & hypocritical. Should a non-Christian doctor be allowed to withhold life-saving services because a patient’s Christian values offend them? Of course not. What if someone’s religion teaches that people of colour are unclean and shouldn’t be allowed inside? Don’t think that would fly either, though 50 years ago it was a different story… Yet the irony of a “religious freedom law” that encourages religious discrimination is lost on many people.
So what can be done? If everyone opposed to this idiocy adopted “bigotry is wrong” as a religious belief and refused to serve bigots on religious grounds, these laws won’t last long! As the Dali Lama said, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Time for kindness to stand up and be heard.
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Hamburg is a city with 2 faces. By day it’s all business. By night it’s all about The Reeperbahn with its red light district, grungy bars & live music.
We arrived at the venue around 7pm. It was a little dive bar with a graffiti covered door, peeling 70’s wallpaper & tattered red cushions. Grabbed a kebab from the diner across the road (which was sandwiched between two sex shops, of course) then kicked off soundcheck.
The night had a real house party vibe! The bar only held 40-50 people so it was a tight fit. There’s an awesome live music culture in Hamburg- possibly the best in Germany for rock. Kids walking past heard us playing, peered in the window & ended up rocking out in front of the stage.
On the road to the Netherlands now. First Dutch show of the tour tomorrow.
Photo by Florian Schwombeck
The second vid from our ‘Live at Woodstock’ DVD. The song is chapter 6 from ‘King of the Sugarcoated Tongues’ – download the album for free at thesunpilots.com/sugarcoated.
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Video: Christoph Mangler (www.dermangler.com). Lighting: Bogumil Palewicz. Thanks to Stage Boosters & the Woodstock crew
Made it to Hamburg! We’re crashing with the guys from the band we’re playing with- planned to go out last night but we were still pretty hung over from the Leverkusen afterparty. Ended up playing GTA & having a quiet night in.
Spent today chilling at the docks & watching the ships roll by. Ate some awesome fish burgers. We don’t get much downtime so it was great to just stop for a while, mediate & re-centre.
Heading to a dive bar on The Reeperbahn (Hamburg’s red light district) for soundcheck now. Tonight’s gonna be a fun gig!
Morning y’all! Well, afternoon really. Today is one of those days that makes you wish every GPS had a “hangover” button. It would take you to the nearest fast food joint, followed by the grocery store for aspirin.
Last night was epic- one of the best gigs of the tour. We played in a warehouse in Leverkusen that was turned into a venue back in the 70’s. The kids there are volunteers & they’ve built a killer band scene. They get a little funding from the council too. Every city needs places like that.
On the road for Hamburg now. Reeperbahn here we come.