...piss me the fuck off. I was riding down to Boston from UMaine today with my old friend. He likes some kinds of Metal, namely bands like Dragonforce, A7X and Nightwish. He's also a Christian (non-denominational, but attends Protestant masses). He doesn't believe in evolution, but doesn't take the whole bible literally. He believes that Hell and Satan exist. And he outright refuses to listen to any Metal with Satanic or Anti-Christian lyrics (which means to him that he won't take ANY Black Metal or Death Metal). So he let me plug my iPod into the car stereo for parts of the car-ride down (5+ hours). He played me some Blind Guardian (Night at the Opera) and Death Magnetic, so I could hear it for myself to pass judgment. From my iPod I played Candlemass (Tales of Creation) and Hollenthon Opus Magnum, both of which he took a liking to. The third person riding with us wanted to know what Celtic Frost sounded like so I spun To Mega Therion, and my Christian friend thought it wasn't bad. So I then went on to play Mercyful Fate (Melissa). After the first two songs he said he liked it A LOT. Then, half-way through "Into the Coven", King Diamond shouts "MY SOUL BELONGS TO SATAN". At that moment my friend immediately shut the stereo off and said "Hey! That guy's a Satanist. I'm not listening to this!" We then had an argument in which I asserted that one's religious beliefs shouldn't prevent someone from listening to any kind of music. Wagner was anti-Semitic, so does that make us Nazis by listening to his music? He claimed that listening to "Satanic music" would poison his mind. My main point was that it in fact shows weakness of faith to be afraid of listening to kinds of music associated with anti-religious themes. Ironically, when he shut off Mercyful Fate, it switched to the local rock station, which was playing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell", which he didn't seem to mind "rockin' out to anytime." Where do you draw the damned line? The attitude of people like this guy makes no sense, and it closes the door to a whole world of great music.