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Faith & Courage

March 29, 2010

In 1992, she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on the Saturday Night Live. As petulant as the action was, she was making a statement. A BOLD statement against the Catholic Church for protecting paedophile priests and tolerating child abuse. This was at a time before the scandal came to light.

Later in the year, she was infamously booed offstage at the 30th Anniversary Tribute Concert for Bob Dylan, ironically by the Dylan fans and in the land where free speech is already a privilege. She was supposed to sing a Dylan song, but overcame with emotions, she stood with dignity and fearlessly sang this Marley song.

Later, Kris Kristofferson, the host of the tribute concert wrote her a song, to quote from it, he says,

I'm singing this song for my sister Sinead
Concerning the god-awful mess that she made
When she told 'em her truth just as hard as she could
Her message, profoundly, was misunderstood

There's humans entrusted with guarding our gold
Humans in charge of the saving of souls
Humans responded all over the world
Condemning that bald-headed brave little girl

And maybe she's crazy and maybe she ain't
But so was Picasso and so were the Saints
She's never been partial to shackles or chains
She's too old for breakin' and too young to change

That bald-headed brave little girl is Sinead O’Connor. And she took the road not taken.

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