Tim Minchin – Pope Song (Mirror)

Here are the lyrics, in case you don’t speak Austraaaalian:
Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the motherfucker,
Fuck the motherfucker hes a fucking motherfucker.
Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the fucking fucker,
Fuck the motherfucker hes a total fucking fucker
Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the motherfucker,
Fuck the mother fucker, fuck him, fuck the motherfucker.
Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the motherfucking pope.

Fuck the motherfucker, and fuck you motherfucker
If you think that motherfucker is sacred.
If you cover for another motherfucker who’s a kiddie-fucker,
Fuck you, you’re no better than the motherfucking rapist.
And if you don’t like the swearing that this motherfucker forced from me
And reckon it shows moral or intellectual paucity
Then fuck you motherfucker, this is language one employs
When one is fucking cross about fuckers fucking boys

I don’t give a fuck if calling the pope a motherfucker
Means you unthinkingly brand me an unthinking apostate.
This has naught to do with other fucking godly motherfuckers
I’m not interested right now in fucking scriptural debate.
There are other fucking songs and there are other fucking ways,
Ill be a religious apologist on other fucking days,
But the fact remains if you protect a SINGLE kiddie fucker
Then Pope or Prince or Plumber, you’re a fucking mother fucker.

See I don’t give a fuck what any other motherfucker
Believes about Jesus and his motherfucking mother.
Ive no problem with the spiritual beliefs of all these fuckers
While those beliefs don’t impact on the happiness of others,
But if you build your church on claims of fucking moral authority
And with threats of hell impose it on others in society,
Then you, you motherfuckers, can expect some fucking wrath
When it turns out you’ve been fucking us in our motherfucking asses.

So fuck the motherfucker, and fuck you motherfucker
If you’re still a motherfucking papist.
If he covered for a single motherfucker who’s a kiddie-fucker,
Fuck the motherfucker, hes as evil as the rapist.
And if you look into your motherfucking heart and tell me true
If this motherfucking stupid fucking song offended you,
With its filthy fucking language and its fucking disrespect,
If it made you feel angry, go ahead and write a letter,
But if you find me more offensive than the fucking possibility
The pope protected priests when they were getting fucking fiddly
Then listen to me motherfucker – this here is a fact,
You are just as morally misguided as that motherfucking,
Power-hungry, self-aggrandized bigot in the stupid fucking hat.

I think this video by Tim Minchin and Fraser Davidson is the most eloquent commentary on the Catholic Church’s ongoing child abuse scandal that I have heard to date. I found it posted on YouTube after it was featured on Pharyngula, PZ Myers blog. If you’re unfamiliar with Tim Minchin prepare to cancel your schedule for tomorrow so that you can watch all of his videos on YouTube. Has has two channels, TimMinchin and TimMinchinLive. There’s enough content out there to keep you occupied for a good while so get some popcorn and a drink before you settle in. Tim is a comedian and musician originally from Perth, Australia who is now living in London. I’m a big fan of how he can wittily point out the irrationality of some of humanity’s strangest beliefs. The combination of humor, music, and percipient social commentary that he consistently turns out is just sublime. Tim, please put Albuquerque on your list for your next U.S. tour.

I was unfamiliar with the work of Fraser Davidson before this video but he is clearly a very talented “motion graphics” artist and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future. Mr. Davidson has a YouTube channel called fraserdavidson which showcases some of his other work. Be sure to check out their channels and support these artists who I believe are very effective voices for the Rationalist perspective.

As of this writing this video is still available on YouTube, and I believe Vimeo, but I’m a little concerned that those sites will receive enough pressure to remove it because it could be very offensive to people who are fans of Pope Palpatine, er, Benedict XVI. That’s why I have downloaded the video and am hosting it locally here, just in case. My server can’t really handle the volume of traffic that YouTube can though so check there before trying to watch it here please. I’m just hosting it here so that this very important message isn’t lost to censorship. If the embedded version from YouTube at the top of this post isn’t working you can download the video as MP4 from the link after the jump.

Also, you’ll notice that I included this post in the category Angry Voter. That’s because the Catholic Church, which now it seems has institutionalized the practice of protecting naughty priests from the law, is a tax-exempt organization in my country. This is just as ludicrous as the Italian mafia being granted tax-exempt status. I can’t think of any rational, constitutionally-valid reason for churches to be tax-exempt, especially when they so flaunt their apparent immunity to the laws of the countries in which they operate. This must end.

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