Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pharyngula Freddie

Media Moment: Pharyngula blog
Queen-related: Queen/Freddie mentioned

For the past month or so, I’ve been following a well-known atheist, Dr. PZ Myers, who runs Pharyngula, a blog on science, skepticism, and rationality in all facets of life (pardon the pun).

One of his recent posts was a YouTube video of two Swedish sisters performing a song called Hard Believer, which, as the name suggests, takes a go at religion. Many of the Pharyngula regulars commented that they really liked the song itself and then the floodgates opened for everyone to weigh in with their own musical tastes.

To my surprise, the fourth blog comment was a vote for Queen and Freddie. Hmm . . . it seems that I’m not the only Queen fan lurking in the shadows of atheism. Unlike Caine, however, I would have mentioned Brian instead given his strong connection to the natural sciences. 

Freddie’s an interesting one to lump into a discussion of anti-religion in music. He was obviously partial to Zoroastrianism as his funeral arrangements would attest to, not to mention his track record of songs that have an element of monotheism to them such as Mustafa, All God’s People, or Bohemian Rhapsody.

I don’t recall the religious beliefs of the band members being revealed in any of the biographies I’ve read. Does anyone know what they might be?

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