Tom Petty has a new song out called “Playing Dumb,” and it’s about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. So it’s clear Petty has some pretty strong views on the subject, and in an interview with Billboard, the rocker sounds off on that scandal, as well as his more general thoughts on religious faith.
To any Catholic who would object to him taking on that sensitive issue, he 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.”
Petty argued that if he discovered he was part of a club or group that has been covering up generations of that kind of abuse, he would quit on the spot.
He also shared some provocative thoughts on religion and how violent people can get in the name of their faith:
“Religion seems to me 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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