One of America’s most famous singers, Tom Petty, is out with a new track called “Playing Dumb” wherein he mourns the victims of sex abuse by the Catholic clergy, but the iconic rocker doesn’t stop there.
Petty seemed determined to pass judgement on all religions in a recent interview with Billboard.com.
“Catholics, don’t write me,” Petty said. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many years.”
“I just felt that I was being asked to play dumb,” Petty said, explaining the creative reasoning behind the song and its title.
“If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn’t give them any more money.”
Petty, who was raised as a Southern Baptist, said that religion is what seems to be at the base of all wars.
“I’ve nothing against defending yourself, but I don’t think, spiritually speaking, that there’s any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent. It seems to me that no one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians.”
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