MOONSPELL’S FERNANDO RIBEIRO On Religion: There Is no Place For You In Some Matters

In a recent interview to Metal Wani, Moonspell’s frontman and mastermind, gave his opinion about religion and euthanasia.

Mark his words:

“It was debated at the time until the government didn’t pass the law [legal euthanasia was rejected by the Portugal parliament this May].

“After all, Portugal is a Catholic country, so there’s still a lot of customs and manners that simply do not exist anymore in Central Europe. The debate here, sometimes, is not debated in the right place, which in my opinion, is medical and family decisions.

“People just debate different points through the perspective of religion. That’s why I was being so angry back there because I don’t think religion should be something… of course, the world would be better off without religion.

“Regardless, religion exists and faith exists and I can respect that, definitely, but it’s hard for me to understand that you are deciding over the power of life or over death or the other way around based on something that is not completely or at all scientific or emotional in a true way of family ties. That was my angry point.

“Sometimes, the documentary, it’s really a free-for-all, it’s very random, it’s our lives. But, I think Victor [Castro, producer] wanted to show people that we listen to the radio and it’s sometimes euthanasia, sometimes you step in shit and sometimes we just fuck with the other drivers because we’re from Portugal.

“I think, actually, what we are doing here is not a new thing, but, when you look to musicians, social networking, etcetera, they do not really present themselves this. There’s always a little bit of interesting situations or something and even when they are presenting themselves at home, it seems like everything is set up and everything is put together, even if the room is clumsy. [Laughs]

“We do not really like to do that as a personal choice. I think we were quite brave in having all of these cameras following us around. We gave the raw material to Victor, who can probably blackmail us for life and put into the story that he was there, he thought there was other events, a lot of other discussions, etcetera, that didn’t make it into the film.

“But I think what he made was really what we are. Sometimes we are too old to make apologies, especially myself. I have strong opinions and I like to debate and sometimes, I’m a bit angry because I’m Portuguese and sometimes just people being annoying and stupid pisses me off. I’m sorry about that, but it’s the truth. [Laughs]

“Some people will find it very aggressive, but all in all, I think the discussion about euthanasia in Portugal was really a waste of time because they turned it into a political, religious matter, which I don’t think it is. That was my point back then.”

Watch the entire interview here:

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