Tobias Forge Reacts to Texas Pastor’s Protests Against Ghost


Religious zealots ain’t nothin’ to Ghost, who drew nearly 1,000 fans in the town of Midland, TX in November despite the efforts of Pastor Larry Long, who organized a prayer group in opposition of the “devil-worshipping” band allegedly invading his hometown.

In a new interview with Loudwire [transcribed by Ultimate Guitar], Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (shrouded in darkness, naturally) shared his thoughts on the whole ordeal:

“I mean, they’re right [about Ghost being Satanic]. [Chuckles] I think that a lot of these people – I obviously have never met these people; I’ve spent very little time, I’ve read basically the same news piece that everybody else read – and this guy [likely referring to Midland pastor Larry Long] is obviously poorly informed about what we’re doing.

“But on the other hand, it’s like – if he is an actual Bible-thumping true believer over a certain word, then it’s like talking to someone who has some sort of malfunction, I guess.

“Because if they don’t understand that what we’re trying to do is to make these, however many people that were at that show – say a thousand people – we’re trying to make them happy. We’re trying to make them happy about life.

“We’re actually quite humanistic, BUT if you take all these things that we’re saying and what we’re doing completely literally and believe that this is equal to damnation, then there’s no way that we can meet intellectually.

“On one hand, as a human, I can I can grieve for tendencies like that. Because I think it reflects on something more somber and limited and regressive.

“On the other hand, an obstinate a little hard-rocker shit, I’m also like [chuckles devilishly]. But yeah, I’m always sort-of holding that little shit in the hand as well.”

I love the idea of labeling someone who’s very religious as having a “malfunction.” Perfection.

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