Submitted by Anthony Davis
Christians appear to be the biggest supporters of pirated gospel music releases. That is the assertion of Adrian Agard, who, has, for the past 15 years, been operating “Things Gospel”, a music, book, and stationery store.
Agard, who is also executive director of Gospel Fest, said the pirates seemed to recognise the lure which gospel music presents, and were taking advantage of it. Wherever a fellow is pirating, and sets up somewhere, he is always playing gospel music,” noted the veteran impresario.
Source:page 29 of Barbados Today dated 15 November, 2013
Pray tell me, Mr. Agard: Is everyone who plays gospel music a Christian, or is it the prerogative of everyone who lives in our country to buy and play whatever music she/he likes, or wants to give to someone?
Do you have the monopoly for selling gospel music in this country?
I know of a case where sometimes gospel music is being belted out, and at other times music with the vilest lyrics is being played!
The person may be Christian, but I cannot judge that!
Mr. Agard, do you think that every fisherman eats fish?
Do you think that all of those who sell milk drink it?
Do you think that all of those who sell bread eat it?
Do you think that all of those who sell alcohol drink it?
Is it not possible that some of them are allergic to what they sell, or some ingredient in it?
Is it not possible that they do not like them?
Some people may not like gospel music, but buy it as a present for a sibling or friend who they know like it!
If I, as a Christian, used to pirate music, would it make sense in pirating gospel music?
In my opinion, that would be a give away!
You yourself gave the answer to your far-fetched theory that Christians are the ones who are pirating gospel music when you stated that “the pirates seemed to recognise the lure which gospel music presents, and were taking advantage of it.”
Therein lies the crux of the matter, Mr. Agard!
I would suggest that you retract your trumped up, pie in the sky assumption about the pirates of your music being Christians, or prove what you have told journalists!
Otherwise, I urge all Christians who were planning, as I was, to buy gospel music from one of your outlets, to desist from so doing, as I will!