The power of music to ignite emotions, spark memories, and inspire change is undeniable. However, music preferences can also become a source of tension, particularly when intertwined with deeply held religious beliefs. In a recent Reddit post, a user found herself in a similar situation.
She Was From a Religious Family
Emma hails from a Southern Baptist church, where the atmosphere was strict and dancing was frowned upon.
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Emma shared her experience of being bullied for attending a youth group late due to her soccer practice. She was even labeled a Satanist due to this and endured judgment by her peers.
Her Parents Moved to a Different Church
While her parents eventually moved on to a less intense church and embraced a more open-minded approach, her sister Jane remained in the Southern Baptist church, upholding its beliefs.
Her Sister Has a Son
Fast forward to the present, where Jane is now married and has a nine-month-old son.
She Made a Joke
Recently, Emma playfully expressed her desire to be the fun aunt and introduce her nephew to different experiences and music. She jokingly mentioned taking him to a KISS concert.
Her BIL Didn’t Find It Funny
However, Jane’s husband responded with a statement that reflected a deep-seated bias.
He Gave His Reasons
He claimed that KISS stood for “Knights in Satan’s Service” and insinuated that the band’s music condemned them to hell.
She Corrected Him
Emma, well-informed about KISS and their members’ Jewish background, countered his claim, highlighting the band’s stance against anti-Semitism and their individual experiences with religion.
Her Sister Came In
Yet, her sister added another layer to the conversation by asserting that other people don’t understand Jesus’s sacrifice and hold beliefs associated with Satan.
She Was Hurt
This implication not only perpetuated stereotypes but also hurt Emma personally, as it suggested that her own taste in music would lead her to damnation.
She Had a Difficult Relationship With Religion
Emma has a complex relationship with religion based on previous and unmentioned experiences, so when her music taste is criticized for religious reasons, she cannot help but feel criticized.
Religious Guilt Doesn’t Mean Anything
As a result, she took to Reddit to ask whether she was in the wrong for feeling offended. Several Redditors said that Emma was not wrong and pointed out that religious guilt doesn’t mean anything.
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