Harvest Assembly of God Church
Region: North America
Subject: Religion, Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Film Video, Music, Literature
Artist: Multiple popular artists and writers, Religious materials
Confronting Bodies: Harvest Assembly of God Church
Dates of Action: March, 2001
Location: Harvest Assembly of God Church parking lot, Penn Township, Butler County, PA.
Description of Artwork: Books, Music CDs and tapes, Videotapes, Religious materials
The Incident: The Harvest Assembly of God Church held a book, music, and videotape burning ceremony in the parking lot of their church. Approximately 30 participants gathered to burn their own possessions that they felt were disloyal to God. The event was the idea of some church youths who were studying Revelations. Acts 19:19 was also sited as inspiration, given its description of how former practitioners of magic burned their books in public. Participants congregated for the ceremony where in they deposited their popular music, literature, and movies in the fire, while singing Christian songs. Among the "objectionable material" was music from artists such as REM, Bruce Springsteen, and Foreigner. Disney movies and Harry Potter novels were destroyed for promoting sorcery. Additionally, Mormon and Jehovah's Witness materials were burned for not being truly Christian since they promoted several gods. The event was catered toward people who had already "received Christ" and wanted to demonstrate their commitment to him. That may explain the absence of pornographic materials or any discernable idols.
Results of Incident: No protesters attended the event. Reverend George Bender from the Harvest Assembly of God Church was disappointed that there were not more visitors at the burning, but felt the ceremony had worked out well.