Exodus Lyrics Posted On Facebook Leads To Arrest On Terrorism Threat
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According to Channel 14 News in Kentucky, a fan in Greenville has been arrested and is currently being jailed for alleged terrorism threats for posting the lyrics to the Exodus song "Class Dismissed," which appeared on the 2010 release "Exhibit B: The Human Condition." The full article on the arrest can be found at this location.
The band's press release reads: "Exodus does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech."
“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”
Gary continues, “As some of us in Exodus are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including Exodus, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”
Exodus is set to release the new album "Blood In, Blood Out" via Nuclear Blast on October 10th (EU), October 13th (UK) and October 14th (North America).
Source: 14 News
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I hate to side with the authorities, but without any context, that could just as well be a poem composed by someone who's determined to shoot up a school or something like that. If he had put it in quotes and said something like "Class Dismissed, by Exodus" afterwards, I doubt anything would have happened - without a source, this looks like a threat. We forget sometimes that not everyone listens to metal.
All that aside... Class Dismissed is a great song.
Heh, yeah my first thought was of the irony that if the kid had been properly educated, he would have known to at least somehow quote the fact that they are lyrics.
Welcome to the Generation of Tomorrow, folks. Kids being taught by a broken system and being jailed for it failing them. Gonna be a long, bumpy ride. Better buckle up!
At this rate, before long North Korea will be considered more progressive than the US. You guys better be careful. LOL!
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In this day and age of heightened sensitivity i can see why some people would freak out about seeing this online however it also seems easily explained. pretty crazy imo