Marilyn Manson

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Vatican Critic




Vatican Critic

15 Jun 2001

In an interview with Beliefnet, when asked what he thought about the Vatican., Marilyn Manson said

I was kind of overwhelmed by the Vatican. I was overwhelmed by the amount of gold that was used to create the building, while so many people complain about hunger and homelessness and the pain and sufferings of the world. And buildings like that are supposed to be what God intended. It doesn't add up.


15 Jun 2001

In an interview with Beliefnet, when asked about his spirituality., Marilyn Manson said

A lot of people like to pass me off as a devil worshipper. I think that could only be true if I considered myself to be the devil, because I tend to be narcissistic and believe in my own strength and my own identity. I find God to be what exists in what you create. I make music. I think that that’s coming in touch with God when I write a story, when I come up with a phrase or paint a picture, because that’s about creating. Art gives people a reason to be alive. It gives people something to believe in. I think art is the only thing that’s spiritual in the world. And I refuse to be forced to believe in other people’s interpretations of God. I don’t think anybody should be. There’s no one person that can own the copyright to what God means.




15 Jun 2001

In an interview with Beliefnet, when asked about his religious upbringing, Marilyn Manson said

My first memories of religion were being taken to Episcopal church. My father was Catholic, but my mother, I believe, was Episcopal. So I sort of veered off into the watered-down version of Catholicism. At the same time I was going to a nondenominational Christian school, where I was taught a very underhanded form of Christianity. For example, my Bible teacher would ask the class, "Is there anyone in the room that’s Catholic?” or “Is there anyone that’s Jewish?" If there was no response, she would talk about how wrong those other religions interpreted the Bible. So at an early age, Christians already started to appear to me as people who believed that their interpretation of God was the only one that was right.

Manson is ordained in the Church of Satan and believes in freedom of thought.

3Manson is a misanthrope who dislikes all political parties.


Marilyn Manson was born and grew up in Canton, Ohio where he attended an Episcopalian school.

His father was Catholic and his mother was an Episcopalian, so, as Manson puts it:

I sort of veered off into the watered-down version of Catholicism.[1]

Marilyn Manson was ordained to the Church of Satan, a self-described atheist organization, by founder Anton LeVay.[2] He jokes that it isn't a "real job" as he receives no money from the church.[3]

In his autobiography, Manson discusses going to Heritage Christian School as a child. He hated the experience and convinced his parents to let him enter public school in tenth grade.[4]

Marilyn Manson's music is frequently critical of religion and mainstream media culture, which he sees as conflated forces. In the songs "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" and "Rock is Dead," Manson claims that television has become god. He ridicules Christians in "I Don't Like the Drugs." He describes god as an "excuse" for people's behavior on "We're from America."

In an interview with BeliefNet, Manson says:

I refuse to be forced to believe in other people's interpretations of God. I don't think anybody should be. There's no one person that can own the copyright to what God means.[5]

He also claims art is the "only spiritual thing in the world."[6]

Out of left field

Manson's aforementioned song "We're from America" is a scathing criticism of American exceptionalism and his most openly political statement. He suggests that people are really against abortion because they need the resulting children to go fight future wars. Americans believe in "being a quitter."[7]

His music often contains prominent themes of anarchy, mocking patriotism and gun culture. He also made a widely praised appearance in liberal documentarian Michael Moore's 'Bowling for Columbine' where he discussed the importance of listening to teenagers.

Marilyn Manson is often incorrectly identified as a Republican because of comments taken out of context in an interview. Al Gore's vice presidential pick in the 2000 race, Joe Lieberman, had suggested Manson's music was responsible for the Columbine High School Massacre. Manson in turn sarcastically endorsed Bush when speaking to conservative commentator Tucker Carlson.[8]

Combined with his criticism of the Left's political correctness, the remarks led many to believe Manson was supporting conservatives. After Bush was elected, Manson regretted the comments endorsing Bush and said he feared some fans may have taken him seriously.[9]

Manson doesn't participate in mainstream politics. He describes himself as an "across-the-board misanthrope."[10] Before cheekily discussing Bush, he said of political parties:

I don't want to give the impression that I dislike one group more than the others… I dislike them all equally.[11]

This post written by Chris Sosa.

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