Stupid stupid stupid
The lyrics of the verses are tear-jerking remembrances of what "you" might have been doing (assuming you were a man) when you heard about the Twin Towers. So far so good. Everyday life grinds to a halt when something unthinkable happens. So far so good. Get out the hanky and prepare for a sappy chorus.
But wait.. what is this? The chorus is an uplifting Biblical non-sequitur. WTF?
I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love
So this song is really a celebration of religion-induced ignorance? As long as you remember a few words from the Bible it doesn't matter if you're ignorant of foreign affairs? And what did that have to do with September 11?
So I can definitely relate to the other parts of the song -- I remember where I was when I heard about the attacks. But I don't get how you can say it follows from being shocked and sad that being ignorant and knowing a minimal amount of Biblical theology.
It's one thing for someone to be ignorant about foreign affairs and to have only a slim acquaintanceship with their own religion, but actually bragging about it in song is beyond me. Bragging about it in the context of a national tragedy is downright insulting to the victims and to the rest of us who were equally touched despite not being ignorant Christian hicks.
p.s. it was a clever move on the part of the singer on American Idol, though. Nobody's going to criticize his "song choice"