I really like this song and wanted to share it with you. But, to make it more of a blog post, I decided to analyze it, too. I guess I’ll just tell you what I take the meaning to be.

Here’s the song, which you can listen to and follow along with the lyrics below:

The song begins:

God thinks all blacks are obsolete farm equipment
God thinks the Jews killed his son and must be punished
God thinks the white man is Satan
God, they know what God thinks

At this point Voltaire establishes that “God thinks” really means “I think.” When a religious person says they know what God thinks or wants, they are just expressing their own opinions. The “God” at the beginning of the last line is obviously a sign of frustration.

God thinks we should all convert to Judaism
God thinks we must all be Christians and
God thinks we should all embrace Islam
God thinks the only true religion is Hinduism

We move into the contradictory nature of religious opinion. Everyone thinks they have the answer, but the answers are not in agreement. They can’t all be right, and in this case they are most likely all wrong.

And I
I know what God thinks
God thinks you’re a waste of flesh
God prefers an Atheist

Voltaire now gives us his opinion. Using the language of the religious, he says “I know what God thinks” (i.e. “it is my opinion that”). It’s his opinion (and I agree) that it’s quite obvious that God doesn’t care about us. The suffering in the world could so easily be stopped by the omnipotent deities of the aforementioned religions, and yet the suffering continues. In addition, if a god did exist, it would probably appreciate the skeptical, knowledge-gathering atheists over the dogmatic believers.

God God
God thinks all people like you are hateful
God thinks all people like you are an embarrassment to creation
self-righteous, judgmental, first to throw a stone
and using His name for your own protection

Voltaire continues by calling out religious people for their hypocrisy.

God thinks the sun revolves around the Earth
God thinks there was something very wrong with Copernicus
God thinks abortion is murder and
God thinks everything that science gave us is wrong
God thinks women deserve it
God thinks AIDS is a form of punishment

Here Voltaire points out the inanity that comes out of religious circles. Things disproven by science and ethically questionable positions that would never come from an all-knowing deity.

I hate people who blame the Devil for their own shortcomings and
I hate people who thank God when things go right

Not being able to keep the charade of speaking like a religious person, Voltaire lapses and goes right out and says what he thinks. A great quote, too 🙂

And I
I know what God thinks
God thinks you’re an idiot
God prefers a heretic

God God
God thinks all people like you are hateful
God thinks all people like you are an embarrassment to creation
self-righteous, judgmental, first to throw the stone
and using His name for your own agenda

God is a liberal
God is a democrat
God wants you to vote republican
never trust a man who puts his words in the mouth of god
and says it’s absolute truth
its lies and it smells like death
its all in a day’s work taking money from the poor
Why do you think that God would need your dirty money
if He wants to start a holy war?

After the chorus, Voltaire now decries the practice of mixing religion and politics, especially of using “God’s will” as an excuse for war. (This sadly reminds me of when Bush claimed the Iraq war was a mandate from God.)

self-righteous, judgmental, first to throw a stone
and using His name for your own protection

God thinks puppies need to die and
God thinks babies need to drown
’cause God is neither good nor bad
God is you and me
God is Everything

And finally, Voltaire tells the believers where they go wrong. Their holy books were written by men. Religions are pushed by people with agendas to control and gain power. All this talk about God is an illusion.

Hope you enjoyed! If you like his stuff there is plenty more on YouTube.

~peace, RR

P.S. I’m thinking of copying PZ Myers and having a themed day like the Monday Metazoan. I shall deem this “Song Sunday” 🙂

I welcome comments and suggestions. Comments can go below, suggestions to radiantreason[at]gmail[dot]com 🙂

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