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Tom Petty: ‘No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians’
The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar

Posted on 07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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Tom Petty says that no one has interpreted Jesus Christ’s teaching more incorrectly than Christians, as he was asked to explain the history behind his new song “Playing Dumb.”

In an interview with Billboard, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explained his inspiration behind the song, which will be featured as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release of “Hypnotic Eye.”

“Catholics, don’t write me,” Mr. 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.”

“Playing Dumb” mourns the victims of sex abuse within the Catholic church, and takes aim at the major financial settlements that were awarded to some victims, Billboard reported.

“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,” Mr. Petty told Billboard. “I wouldn’t give them any more money....

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholics; rockmusic; shutupandsing; tompetty
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I always look to Florida hillbillies for all my theological questions.
1 posted on 07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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Tom Petty has not been part of most people’s lives since the first Clinton Administration. Most the millineals have never heard of him. He should worry too much about causing a big dust-up. It was a safe bet that he would get a microphone shoved in his face once the reporters knew Tom would be bashing Catholics in particular, Christians in general. I guess he finally found his niche in this day and age.


2 posted on 07/24/2014 1:33:50 AM PDT by lee martell
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I wonder which casino buffet he was in when this interview took place?


3 posted on 07/24/2014 1:36:30 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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I wonder whether Tom has the stones to publicly say those things about Islam, where they’re at least as applicable.


4 posted on 07/24/2014 1:36:48 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The dumb as dirt statement: “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.”


5 posted on 07/24/2014 1:47:19 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Little Pig

I was wondering the same thing.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 2:34:50 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many doobies did this moron smoke before he enlightened the rest of the world?


7 posted on 07/24/2014 2:42:09 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really? So, your opinion about Islam?

Cheap shot, chicken shot, coward.

If you were part of a club that was important, wouldn’t you act to clean out the riff raff?


8 posted on 07/24/2014 2:42:26 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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“Catholics, don’t write me,” Mr. 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 am not a Catholic, but I wonder what he thinks of Muslims?

9 posted on 07/24/2014 2:52:38 AM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Both Emperors. The difference is Nero plays a fiddle, while Obama plays Minnesota Fats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can see how Christ’s teachings would be hard for a pot head to understand.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 2:55:54 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can see how Christ’s teachings would be hard for a pot head to understand.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 2:55:54 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did he say it in that weak, lisping, nasal tone that typifies his singing?


12 posted on 07/24/2014 3:04:29 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not quite a “one hit wonder” but darn close.

Since he’s so concerned about abuse of the young, I wonder where he stands on abortion?


13 posted on 07/24/2014 3:14:30 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The best advice ever given to rockers, ‘shut up and play’.


14 posted on 07/24/2014 3:59:55 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We Christians are supposed to take this weed-smoker’s version of “christianity” as gospel?

LOL! I’ll stick to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul & Peter thank you!


15 posted on 07/24/2014 4:32:40 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Fresh Wind

He’s being so ‘Petty minded’.
Which is to say his mind is soooo leftist addeled as to speak stooooopid stuff.


16 posted on 07/24/2014 4:38:53 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have taught guitar for over 15 years. The kids ALWAYS want to play Classic Rock. They love the Blues, the Beatles, the Stones, The WHO, Pink Floyd, The Dead, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, and some more recent artists like Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The more Country-Style kids like Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and The Allman Brothers.

Never, not ONCE, in 15 YEARS has anyone requested that he or she learn a song by Tom Petty.

I think that is a significant assessment of Petty’s relevance.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 4:48:25 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I just felt that I was being asked to play dumb,” he said. “That, ‘OK, well, they paid some money, so it’s all over.’ I don’t trust that


I don`t think he has to (PLAY) dumb.


18 posted on 07/24/2014 4:50:52 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Florida Hillbillies” LOL!

The only hills we have in Floridah are the LANDFILLS! LOL!

I think the correct term for Petty’s demographic is “Cracker”.

However, us real Floridah Crackers prefer to designate him as “White Trash”. Hehehe


19 posted on 07/24/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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Sounds like he has a beef with homosexual pedophiles masquerading as priests.
20 posted on 07/24/2014 5:01:51 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: left that other site; 2ndDivisionVet

Great..... That’s what we do best on Free Republic..... separate the wheat from the extraneous or incorrect chaff.

as I recall however there is a hill somewhere on the east coast in a state park. We drove off interstate 95 to see it but never did actually find it.


21 posted on 07/24/2014 5:02:38 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: left that other site

My mother graduated from Miami-Edison in 1952 and I lived there as a tyke and as a 8 thru 10 year old. We shopped at the commissary and BX at Homestead AFB before it was destroyed.


22 posted on 07/24/2014 5:07:30 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tom is free fallin’ again. Shut up and play, Tom.


23 posted on 07/24/2014 5:08:09 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow...do you live near me? :-) (I’m in Broward...right by the Pompano Landfill! I guess that makes me a Floridah Hillbilly!) )


24 posted on 07/24/2014 5:10:10 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: bert

Ha Ha Ha! I have heard that there are a few hills in the Panhandle, but I live in the very FLAT Everglades. Great for bicycling with only one gear. LOL.


25 posted on 07/24/2014 5:12:05 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like Tom’s music, I really do.

But this statement is pathetically stupid. It’s not the faith Tom, it’s people in it. Jesus said to watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing. Did you think he was talking about big, bruising bad guys that would be easily identified? No. The sheep’s clothing is what covers them; though they are not sheep, but from their behavior we see they are wolves. We don’t condemn the Church Jesus founded, we prosecute the wolves within it. Get a grip, man.

Oh, and SHUT UP AND SING, mmmkay?


26 posted on 07/24/2014 5:12:18 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I thought i was going to read about a race car driver.

If he WAS one I'm sure that would make him even MORE qualified to share his intelligence and deep biblical thoughts with the rest of the world.

How did I live this long without his keen guidance and illustrious example-setting in my life!

Tom who?

Leni

27 posted on 07/24/2014 5:13:06 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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"Playing Dumb” mourns the victims of sex abuse within the Catholic church."

The "sleaze merchant" fails to mention the fact that it's the FAGGOTS in the church that's doing nearly all of the molesting...

28 posted on 07/24/2014 5:13:23 AM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, here we have an expert on the teachings of Jesus and how *most* Christians have incorrectly interpreted them.

Who the heck is Tom Petty anyway?

So much for his (ir)relevant opinion.


29 posted on 07/24/2014 5:13:32 AM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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Tom Petty......Doing his part to prove Mark Twain, correct.
30 posted on 07/24/2014 5:16:30 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: left that other site

Nope, I’m in Denton, Texas now.


31 posted on 07/24/2014 5:16:45 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IIRC, the rate of people in the clergy committing child sexual abuse is significantly lower than the rate of public school teachers, whose jobs are often protected by teacher’s unions. Where the anti-NEA song, Tom?


32 posted on 07/24/2014 5:18:16 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars,” Mr. Petty continued. “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.”

So Tom thinks it’s CHRISTIANS who are murdering people in the name of religion....... Wow. It’s hard to be that ignorant.


33 posted on 07/24/2014 5:20:11 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Drat!

BTW, there is only one Tom Petty excerpt that I actually sing...to my dog.

“She’s a GOOD GIRL, Loves her mama”

LOL


34 posted on 07/24/2014 5:22:43 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You mean the renowned theologian The Reverend Doctor Thomas Petty? Or that bucktoothed hick who plays at being a musician?


35 posted on 07/24/2014 5:34:14 AM PDT by IronJack
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The whole thing was illogical. Only religious people commit crimes and start wars. Ok.

I wonder if he will recognize the Messiah when He returns and orders the death of everyone who is against Him?


36 posted on 07/24/2014 5:53:31 AM PDT by huldah1776
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“Catholics, don’t write me,” Mr. 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.” “Playing Dumb” mourns the victims of sex abuse within the Catholic church, and takes aim at the major financial settlements that were awarded to some victims, Billboard reported.

PFL

37 posted on 07/24/2014 6:24:33 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All of a sudden Bruce Springsteen appears intelligent. OK, maybe that is a reach.


38 posted on 07/24/2014 6:29:01 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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So I assume he never heard of Jimmy Saville, rock promoter who was a serial pedophile, which was covered up by the music industry?


39 posted on 07/24/2014 6:31:46 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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**“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,” Mr. Petty told Billboard. “I wouldn’t give them any more money....**

Then you wouldn’t belong to any church; send your children to any school or allow your children to watch any TV or movies.


40 posted on 07/24/2014 6:33:36 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Tom Petty is nothing but a turncoat to his father and the fine people of Northern Florida where he is from. I will never forget seeing an interview he had years ago where he ripped his deceased father in a very classless way. Contrary to the absent father’s of many famous musician’s, Tom’s father was a good guy who originally doubted his son would ever make it in music, which is a valid concern due to the difficulty of making it in music. However, even though he was openly very proud of Tom when he did make something of himself in music, Tom still treated him like the classless liberal twit that he is.


41 posted on 07/24/2014 6:37:06 AM PDT by ohioman
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“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,”

Hard to argue with that. That's exactly what I did.

42 posted on 07/24/2014 7:42:26 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A rebel without a clue.


43 posted on 07/24/2014 7:43:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

BTW, Tom ripped that line off from The Replacements.


44 posted on 07/24/2014 7:45:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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45 posted on 07/24/2014 7:45:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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I never joined the Muzzie club. I was born into the RCC club. Nearly every priest I had in my parish growing up was gay. Three are defrocked, two of them did serious prison time for molesting boys. I finally just came to the conclusion that I couldn’t have my good name associated with that sort of thing anymore. So I left the RCC. May God bless them and keep them, but they can color me gone.


46 posted on 07/24/2014 8:14:34 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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Well nobody loves Tom Petty better than me but being originally from N Fla you have to know Gainesville. That’s where Tom is from and its not the broadest view of the world. Its not cracker and its not hillbilly its redneck. I’m talkin pick up trucks, gun racks and long neck Bud redneck. LOL! Tom’s been smoking the Melrose sensimilla for a looong time. :-)


47 posted on 07/24/2014 8:57:17 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

It was the religious leaders who plotted to kill Jesus. He did not come to start a religion but to save the world from sin for all who believe and receive Him. What TP is inferring relates to a false misconception and there are plenty to choose from bit they are not the Truth and the Light.


48 posted on 07/24/2014 9:25:45 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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“I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,

Really?? We have your permission, then. Oh, thank you!

49 posted on 07/24/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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Tom, the pedophiles in the catholic clergy are not worthy of being compared to Christians.


50 posted on 07/24/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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