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`Atheist' hip-hop track causes a religious stir


Taiwanese-American hip-hop singer Stanley Huang's (黃立行) new album has triggered protests from the religious community because the title song is about atheism, a Chinese-language daily reported yesterday.

Since radio and TV started playing Atheists Like Me, the lead song in the album, Huang's record company has received more than 100 phone calls protesting the content of the new song, the local China Times newspaper reported.

Huang's record company said it was prepared for the controversy and Huang stressed the song was about love, and had nothing to do with religion, the paper said.

But the protests kept pouring in, via telephone and e-mail, forcing Huang's record company to shut its website for three days, the paper added.

In the song, Huang says he does not believe in god or reincarnation, but believes in love.

It's not clear who has been offended by the tune, but most Taiwanese are Buddhists or Daoists. A small number are Christians, Muslims and atheists.

LA boyz

Huang, 31, grew up in Los Angeles and was a member of the LA Boyz. He stepped out on his own in 2000 with the album Your Side. He has released five albums of Chinese songs.

Atheists Like Me will be released in Asia on Saturday. Huang is scheduled to hold six concerts in Taiwan between now and Jan. 6 to promote his newest album.

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