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Gorgoroth Frontman Calls For More Church Burnings; Police To Investigate

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According to the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende, the police in Bergen, Norway have launched an investigation into recent statements made by GORGOROTH frontman Gaahl regarding a spate of church burnings that took place in Norway in the early Nineties.

In an interview that some consider to be the highlight of "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", the acclaimed Canadian documentary which was broadcast on Norway's Lydverket NRK 1 this past Wednesday (Jan. 24), Gaahl stated about the string of arson attacks linked to the Norwegian black metal scene, "Church burnings and all these things are, of course, things that I support 100 percent and it should have been done much more and will be done much more in the future. We have to remove every trace from what Christianity and the Semitic roots have to offer this world. Satanism is freedom for the individual to grow and to become Superman. Every man who is born to be king becomes king. Every man who is born to be a slave doesn't know Satan." (Watch Gaahl's interview with the "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" documentary makers at YouTube.com.)

Speaking to Bergens Tidende after "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" aired on Norwegian TV, Gaahl reiterated his position on the church burnings, insisting that he was dead serious about what he said in the movie and that it wasn't something he stated simply for shock value.

GORGOROTH is one of the artists that have been nominated in the "Metal" category at the 35th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show will be held tonight (Saturday, January 27) at the Thalia Theater, Chateau Neuf in Oslo, Norway and will be broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.

Bishop Ole D. Hagesaether of Bjoergvin Diocese told Bergens Tidende, "If these proclamations regarding church burnings are serious, then it is a grave situation. We have experienced this before." Hagesaether also raised the question how those who are involved with the nominating committee for the Spellemann awards could avoid considering simple, basic moral issues when coming up with the final list of nominees for Norway's most prestigious music honor.

According to a posting on GORGOROTH's official web site, Gaahl was released from the Norwegian prison in December after being jailed since the spring of 2006.

Gaahl was sentenced to 14 months in prison in February 2005 for torture and committing ritual acts. It was alleged he beat his victim — a man who had turned up uninvited and inebriated to an after-hours party at his house — threatened to sacrifice him and gave him a cup into which to bleed. Acting as his own defense, Gaahl claimed in court that he had been attacked first and his assailant was only provided with a cup "so that he wouldn't make such a mess in my house."

In an interview with the U.K.'s The Observer which was published in February 2005, the singer refused to discuss his version of events in detail now for fear of prejudicing the outcome of the trial, but insisted he was attacked as part of a hit organized by a man with whom he had a prior dispute.

The use of violence, according to Gaahl, is only necessary when people cross his clearly defined borders. "Everything deals with respect," he told The Observer. "The way I think of it is that you have to punish ... or teach," he corrected himself, "anyone that crosses your borders so that they won't do it again."

Gaahl's ethical code derives from Odinism, the pagan religion of the Vikings that predates Christianity in Norway and is also the occult philosophy that underpins black metal. Many in the scene have adopted or adapted names from Norse mythology.

"Black metal was never meant to reach an audience," Gaahl told The Observer. "It was purely for our own satisfaction. Something entirely self-centered. The shared goal was to become the true Satan; the elite human, basically. The elite are above rules. So people did what they wanted to do. And they had a common enemy which was, of course, Christianity, socialism and everything that democracy stands for, especially this idea that every man is alike and equal to his neighbour. That, of course, is a fake."

Gaahl's extremist outlook is undoubtedly influenced by his surroundings. He lives on a farm three hours outside of Bergen, isolated from the mass of humanity. "My family owns three mountains," he said. 'There's not much else around there. Love of nature is a big part of black metal. It's easy to feel isolated in nature. And solitude and distance from everyone else is very important to us."

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1. black metal is a joke writes:

"Satanism is freedom for the individual to grow and to become Superman."
RIGHT....................................................................................................

What a f***ing loser

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Zero Tolerance writes:

Yes, what a f***ing loser. You don't have to agree with religion, but burning down a church and murdering innocent people isn't going to help Gaahls cause, whatever the f*** that might be.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 1:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. blakscorpion21 writes:

there is no excuse for destroying centuries of heritage and killing people. this guys an idiot.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Zero Tolerance writes:

^^^^EXACTLY.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 2:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. raped on the alter writes:

Satanism does not advocate the burning of churches. Doing a stupid act like that accomplishes nothing. As a Satanist i would not put myself in danger like that and possibly prevent myself from enjoying my life.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 5:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Believe in whatever you wanna believe but this guy's just talking a load of sh**. No excuse for burning churches at all. I saw a black metal band once and on stage they literally said, "An axe to the face of every Christian!" but before they went on they were all scared and sh** it was the funniest thing ever. As I said, I respect all beliefs but openly advocating arson is just stupid. And as the above post said (and given that he's satanist so I think we can trust his post) Satanism doesn't advocate it anyway. It's just this dude being a c*** really.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. anti-christian....not satanist writes:

shut up you f***in christian poser c**ts.... christianity is not a heritage....far from it... it is deculturisation and moral/mental distruction.... they distructed many and many more heritage values such as pagan religions and populations...that was real heritage...all of which has been destroyed buy you christian c**ts.... now that you have destroyed enough...its your time to perish....either with diplomatic ways or else with brutal ways... and this is not something to joke about... the world is totally fed up with your lies and with all these f**kin religions which are the cause of so much social chaos!!!

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

Indeed. Is anyone here actually a Christian?

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. badblood writes:

anti-christian....not satanist your a damn idiot no religion is a heritage and christianity dosent denounce any other belief i study religions your just f***ing stupid as old a$$ GORGOROTH that slow a$$ grampa black metal is just trying to gain some attention what a joke you should respect everyones belief because you have no right to say its wrong or right

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. pursuit of vikings writes:

anti-christian...not satanist, I am against organized religion, but you can't blame how f***ed up the world is completely on religion. In the end it all comes down to the fact that 95% of the people in this world are a bunch of f***ing morons.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 8:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Cynic writes:

"Hagesaether also raised the question how those who are involved with the nominating committee for the Spellemann awards could avoid considering simple, basic moral issues when coming up with the final list"

Morality is an illusion, this comment is painfully Christian.

""Satanism is freedom for the individual to grow and to become Superman."
RIGHT....................................................................................................

What a f***ing loser"

If you weren't a moron you would notice this is an obvious nod to Nietzsche's ubermench or overman/superman. Satanism seems to me to be a sect of nihilism with specific values or goals. His ideology only seems extreme to those who can't abstract themselves from this current society. I don't agree with finer points of the way to achieve these goals but I at least understand why, we strive for the same values in different ways (most notably Democracy).

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 8:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metalmayhem writes:

c*** or not, gorgoroth rules. the new album is amazing. also, the film that this is taken from is very good. it couldve dealt with the "underground" scene a little bit more, however, on the whole "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is a very good documentary. i dont agree with him, but Gaahl means what he says which is a scary thought. what i dont understand is how they keep letting him out of jail when they know he is going to commit more crimes?

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 9:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Nu_Metal writes:

Stupid...Gorgoroth can go to hell...literally.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Jomama writes:

I equate this to extremist groups burning down black churches in America. It's just plain wrong. This guys philosophy is similar to that of the Ayran Nation (KKK, etc;) whose beliefs are based on fear, hate and the ILLUSION/DELUSION of being superior. He's a egomaniac!

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 1:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Stan writes:

What a f***ing idiot. Satanism does not and never has condoned the burning of chuches. f*** you GAAAAHL

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Stan writes:

You'll get yours Gaahl... hopefully by some big black dude in jail! What a waste of life...

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 1:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. anti-christian...not satanist writes:

religion is a heritage in some case....surely this is not the christian, islamic and jewish case.... for me pagan religions are a ture heritage.... i don't know Gaahl...i don't know his past and so on...but surely i know his ideas about christianity and nature.....christians are a bunch of sh*t....you can give different explanations of these bustards but in the end the only way how to get them down is annihilate them all!!! as they did with our fore-fathers!!! this applies also for the rest of the "large" religions (islam and jews).....note:- i'm not a nazi....the way how they should be annihilated has not to be a genocide.....just destroying the their belief would be enough.

Many are fed up of christianity.... and only the main "guides" should be killed...the followers are just a bunch of brainwashed people whom one has to pity.

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Zero Tolerance writes:

^^^^^^^By the way a$$hole, I'm not a "Christian poser c***".

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. zach writes:

what a DOUCHE

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 8:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. kill'em all writes:

fukk all religion to hell, christanity and santanism, and all others.

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 9:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. slayerdisciple writes:

^i am a christian so f*** u and f*** anti-christian....not satanist, i like black metal (to a certain extent) but this interview adds on to why i do not a single gorgorath album

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 9:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Public Execution writes:

People fighting over religion is ridculous. Just because what I believe differs from what your beliefs are, doesn't justify me going and killing your family, or burining your temple of worship.

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 10:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. the antihippy writes:

i agree on everything that gaahl said except for every third word.

# Feb 2, 2007 @ 1:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Cynic writes:

"People fighting over religion is ridculous."

Monotheistic religions (ie Christianity, Islam) are machine's born to war. Religion is for the weak.

# Feb 2, 2007 @ 2:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. slayerdisciple writes:

montheistic religions are fine when practiced by rational people but we got those jihadists doin there sh**

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 10:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. fluffyG writes:

Gorgoroth being nominated for an award? guess there's not much goin on in norway these days...
Blaaah or whatever his name is should stick to making sh**ty music and STFU
anti-christian...not satanist, you make some interesting points but we don't live in the dark ages anymore. You can't just go around destroying and burning up sh** that you don't like.
That would be cool though...

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Azazel_Begotten writes:

To those who didn't know, there are 2 types of Satanism...

There's LaVey Satanism, which is just self-worship...This is the pvssy sh!t that Manson joined, it really is poseur Satanism

Then there's the much older, original Satanism which is the worship of the fallen angel...This is what makes the world go around, this is what makes Varg burn churches, this is what made Jon Nodveidt shoot himself, what made Dead kill himself, and whats making Gaahl support the continuation of burning churches

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. slayerdisciple writes:

Azazel_Begotten there is really only one type of satanism, the church manson joined is satanism but the church that Varg and Gaahl joined is called devil worshipping

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. godlike writes:

The world would be such a better place, without idiots like this, in it..!!

Yeah the "Headbangers Journey" was a great documentary... except for this part...this guy is f^cking waste of space..

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 7:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. rk writes:

but you guys gotta understand their aint shiit else better to do in scandanavia sans self-mutilation and besides all those burnt churches really do wonders for the scenery over there.

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Cynic writes:

That's just ill informed Azazel_Begotten, Varg has openly critisized Satanism many times aligning himself with the Odalists and Dead killed himself because he was depressed and was sick of life.

To say there are only two types of Satanism is a joke. Satanism is just a word, people often use it to shock and shroud deeper beliefs. I would ask you where you have read Gaahl stating he believes in a theistic Satanism because in the interview in A Headbangers Journey it seemed very much like a self impowerment philosophy.

"montheistic religions are fine when practiced by rational people but we got those jihadists doin there sh**"

Ha, Religion is the opposite of rationality. True believers are the extremists. Anyone else is a wishy-washy follower, if they truly believed they would die for their cause. But they don't because they are weak.

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 7:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. the antihippy writes:

isnt gaahl a pagan? hmmmmm

# Feb 4, 2007 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Jackrum writes:

The black metalers regard chritianity as an invading religion and as they are all pagan they attack the thing being forced onto them.
hence church burning..
meh, it never caught on over here, although CoF aint black metal.

# Feb 4, 2007 @ 8:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Diamond Oz writes:

True. It's all talk over here.

# Feb 4, 2007 @ 8:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. slayerdisciple writes:

antihippy gaahl isnt a pagan Gaahl embraces Theistic Satanism (the literal worship of satan)

# Feb 5, 2007 @ 2:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. alex.... writes:

Satanism & Christianity are both retarded. There is no Devil & there is no God, as if some dude all in white is watching over everyone -.-' thats gay and the Devil some big red guy with horns and a tail livin underground, even more pathetic, but thats only my opinion....

# Feb 5, 2007 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. LiquidMetal77 writes:

i almost worshipped Satan once, but it was f*cking gay cuz Satan (whether you believe in him or not) cant do sh*t except make your life worse. some ppl think they can team up with him as a partner in crime but that just means youre a useless jar of powdered cuum

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38. Cynic writes:

"slayerdisciple writes:
antihippy gaahl isnt a pagan Gaahl embraces Theistic Satanism (the literal worship of satan)"

Again I'm hearing this but no-ones backing it up with an actual quote? Or a reference?

# Feb 5, 2007 @ 6:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. slayerdisciple writes:

i shouldnt really have to include that it is my opinion that he isnt a pagan, but i can tell that he isnt a pagan from the lyrics of gorgoroth, as well as the interview above he embraces Theistic Satanism

# Feb 5, 2007 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Cynic writes:

What are you talking about?! The above sounds nothing like theistic Satanism, in fact it sounds exactly like the opposite!

# Feb 5, 2007 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. look at these cultural experts writes:

wow....where is everyone basing all these thoughts and facts from. That a$$hole is a hypocrite. He dosent like a religion because it brain washes people yet the satin bullsh** brained washed him. Im glad i dont beilive in hell cuz i dont have to deal with a$$holes like that guy

# Feb 6, 2007 @ 12:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. RememberMetal? writes:

I'll say this much for Gorgoroth, they havent strayed one bit in sound or philosophy.

Gaahl is probably a sociopath, but society gives him alot of good reasons to be that way, with Christianity being at the top.
No other religion has gone to such extremes to subvert and convert like Christianity. They visit the third world bringing food and medical aid but part of the package is being introduced/inducted to Christ.

Christianity disrupts cultural balance in a fashion not unlike McDonalds proliferation of the world.
It's disgusting and disturbing.

Burning churches is cracked, but for the severly anti-christian it's a message of defiance that can't be ignored. It's like a kid throwing a tantrum in the toy section, only he's got a megaphone and shot gun.

It's effective.

If theres any logic to be found in his views, this is what I can relate to most.
"My family owns three mountains,"'There's not much else around there. Love of nature is a big part of black metal. It's easy to feel isolated in nature. And solitude and distance from everyone else is very important to us."

I just went jogging in the middle of nowhere for 2 hours in 17 degree weather @ 12:25 Am. It's nice to feel like you have the world to yourself.

As far as God, Satan, Odin, Allah etc. I'd like to think theres a benevolent higher force..But at the end of the day noone knows and one should live their life as they see fit.

I'm not being babysat by a bearded cloud tenant.

I treat others as I would have them treat me. To each their own and live and let live...blah blah blah...


I talk to much.

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43. Diamond Oz writes:

Lol bearded cloud tenant. I'll have to remember that one!

# Feb 6, 2007 @ 6:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. ug writes:

god, that Gaahl character (and most of the other gorgoroth band members) is like a friggin' scratched record... how many times has he made comments like that one?! he must have gotten raped in the a$$ by a priest or something.

# Feb 6, 2007 @ 10:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. powermetalxx0Rules writes:

The structures bing burnt are part of Norway's history. I don't like Christianity, but I wouldn't destroy a centuries old structure such as the one Gaahl did. It's a specific style of architecture specific to that region of the world. Dumbass! Those old Churches look f***ing awesome! Seriously the look so damn cool. Finding the discussion on parallels between Nietzsche/Satanism fascinating.

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 12:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Alex.... writes:

Im not one to start sh*t but why does everyone freak when a church is burned down? To me its a building like any other, i dont see anyone freak out when a small business or the house at the end of the street goes up in flames...O_o, but thats just me..

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 1:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Jackrum writes:

Like i said a few posts ago, The pagans/black metalers see christianity as an invading force, so buring down a church that has stood for 500 years wont mean anything to them apart from, "we have just got a lot of attention on our "cause/belief".
I despise all organised religion because i see it as a mass brainwashing system, but have never felt the need to commit arson. I dare say if i had been brought up and gained the same beliefs that Ghaal and the rest have i would feel different.

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. black_six_6_sicks writes:

"there is no excuse for destroying centuries of heritage and killing people. this guys an idiot."

cristian dumb-fuk burning a church is nothing compared to destroying entire civilizations burning human beings if you recall cristian history people have died in the name of "jesus" for not "believing" or wanting to believe in that fag i could go on and on with examples or unjust, corrupt and just plain bullsh**t the church has come up with!

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