The Bible and Arcade Fire

Canadian indie band Arcade Fire will play at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday (Nov. 25).

Earlier this month, the band's 2022 release "WE" received a Grammy nomination for best alternative music album. (In 2011, its third album, The Suburbs, won the Grammy for Album of the Year, Juno Award for Album of the Year, and Brit Award for Best International Album.)

The "WE" album's third song, End of the Empire I-V (Sagittarius A*), includes the lyrics: "One Christ child and one on the way/ Why don't we name her Sagittarius A*/ What a pretty name".

Sagittarius A* is the name of the supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center of the Milky Way. Arcade Fire is using the black hole and compares it to Jesus as both the saviour and a sign of the apocalypse, similar to themes throughout the album.

Some Arcade Fire ticket holders say they want a refund for the band’s upcoming show after alleged sexual misconduct allegations against frontman Win Butler, were brought forward in Pitchfork, a music news publication.

According to Pitchfork, Butler acknowledged he had extramarital relationships but said they were all “between consenting adults".

The "WE" album's fifth song, Unconditional I (Lookout Kid) addresses unconditional love, and includes the lyrics: "'Cause nothing is ever perfect/ No one's perfect/ Let me say it again: No one's perfect".

Butler told Apple Music “the idea of unconditional love is this impossible thing to achieve." "But we do it naturally, somehow. And it’s something that I think we naturally have with our kids, but I think it’s something that we’re supposed to have for people that we're not related to as well,” he said.

In a 2011 sermon about the music of Arcade Fire, Calgary pastor John Van Sloten asked: "What is God saying through this band?" (Watch it on Vimeo.com.)

In the Bible (John, chapter 8) the teachers of the law and the Pharisees bring a woman to the temple courts. They ask Jesus: “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

Jesus replies, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

David Buckna, Kelowna

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