At Liberty #8

First off, no. The title is such a misnomer that it’s not funny. The writers of this magazine do not practice what they preach. And lordy, do they ever preach up a storm with this magazine. First off, this seems like your average zine, with an intro piece and a piece about going vegetarian, but bam bam bam, you have pieces about going up to people to convert them to Christianity, and a poem about praying “for your sins to be revealed and exposed, so that you will repent”. It seems to me as if the editors and writers for this magazine are about the only people that are “At Liberty”, and would love to keep it that way. The zine is very subtle propaganda, as aside from those two major pieces, everything reads as it is a normal, secular piece of writing. And before I get a deluge of e-mails attacking me as a Christian basher, I have seem well done Christian magazines. I have known people that actually follow the teachings of Christ, instead of all the bunk that has been added on the religion in the 2000 years since its invention. This magazine, aside from those pieces, reads pretty normally, if not a little bit trite. I mean, the zine just seems like something incomplete, or like a trail that has been traversed one too many times. Poem, poem, review of music, it all reads like hundreds of zines that have been done before. It is the equivalent to Christian music, which adopts the popular form and modifies it for its own purposes. At Liberty is to the zine market just as Lifehouse or Sixpence None the Richer is to the music market.

Rating : 5.4/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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