The Briggs Jason LaRocca of The Briggs has sent us a statement in response to our story yesterday in which a German promoter refused to work the band's European tour due to co-vocalist Joey LaRocca's well-documented ties to Scientology. Here is an excerpt:

Evidently, prejudice and persecution are very alive and extremely well today. To witness the existence of such imbecilic ridicule and uninformed judgment in times of alleged awareness is quite nearly unthinkable. Alas, such is the case.

Open wide all ye robots and prepare to be spoon-fed yet an additional helping of utter lies and ignorant propaganda from the "powers that be," be they press, politicians, parents or just plain ol' assholes. We'd like to encourage you to think twice about what you read; we believe there is yet a speck of humanity in this seemingly ever-declining human race. And we have faith that our fans and fellow artists are among those intelligent enough to see past the wool that's being forced upon their eyes.


With regard to Ox's decision to vehemently violate our religious and human rights (can you say "attempted" semantic rape?):

Evidently, prejudice and persecution are very alive and extremely well today. To witness the existence of such imbecilic ridicule and uninformed judgment in times of alleged awareness is quite nearly unthinkable. Alas, such is the case.

Open wide all ye robots and prepare to be spoon-fed yet an additional helping of utter lies and ignorant propaganda from the "powers that be," be they press, politicians, parents or just plain ol' assholes. We'd like to encourage you to think twice about what you read; we believe there is yet a speck of humanity in this seemingly ever-declining human race. And we have faith that our fans and fellow artists are among those intelligent enough to see past the wool that's being forced upon their eyes.

Our stance, for the record: We support and encourage tolerance for all. That said, our sentiments to Ox, ELW and all of the pathetic pawns involved: Thank you for another load of inspirational writing fodder. It may very well come in handy for our next record.

Peace and love,
The Briggs


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