Just recently, I was wondering what ever happened to For Today, the Christian metalcore band more known for their bad opinions than their music. I had forgotten that they actually broke up in 2016. At that point, frontman Mattie Montgomery became a full time pastor and started the Altar Fellowship.
Yesterday, Montgomery decided to tweet his anti-choice stance on abortion, comparing women who make the difficult choice to end their pregnancies to Adolf Hilter.
"Imagine if, when asked about the brutal persecution and murder of over six million Jews, Hitler just shrugged his shoulders and said 'My country, my choice!'" Montgomery begins his controversial take, adding "Just because someone lives in a place you control—a nation OR A WOMB—doesn’t give you the right to kill them."
Imagine if, when asked about the brutal persecution and murder of over six million Jews, Hitler just shrugged his shoulders and said “My country, my choice!”
Just because someone lives in a place you control—a nation OR A WOMB—doesn’t give you the right to kill them.
— Mattie Montgomery (@ForTodayMattie) May 20, 2020
While comparing a woman's right to choose to that lunatic who was responsible for the mass genocide of millions of people is certainly one way to spend your day. But some folks in the metalcore community were not about to let him just say that.
Folks like Cane Hill's Elijah Witt, Attila's Chris Fronzak, Emarosa guitarist Matthew Marcellus, and Hundredth frontman Chadwick Johnson all felt the need to point out they greatly disagree with this take:
— Metalcore Gatsby (@FRONZ1LLA) May 20, 2020
bro nooooo bro
— JESUS CHRIST (@elijahwitt) May 20, 2020
????? I love when fairy tales dictate the way another person should live their life…..also killller analogy ?
— Matthew Marcellus (@MarcellusWallus) May 20, 2020
oh wow big surprise this guy is still an idiot https://t.co/dLDky2Xd9E
— chadwick johnson (@chadwickjohnson) May 20, 2020
Counterparts' Brendan Murphy offered his hypothesis on the take:
when you send trapt a direct support offer for scream the prayer 2021 and they turn it down: https://t.co/xJ3a1RSE27
— brendan murphy (@brendan905) May 21, 2020
Crazy 88's Jarrod Alonge offers this counterargument:
Even if you believe "life" starts at conception, it's a strange choice to equate a painless (literally painless) termination of a tiny cell bundle to the systematic imprisonment, torture, rape, and execution of a minority ethnic group. https://t.co/hygRteMXPk
— Jarrod Alonge (@JarrodAlonge) May 21, 2020
All the retweets I've seen are dunking on the guy, and there are nearly 600 comments to the original tweet, mostly with dunks.
Safe to say, this was a bad take! For Today have been making headlines since their former guitarist Mike Reynolds quit the band after some homophobic statements in 2013, leading the band to skirt around the issue until it was discovered that frontman Mattie Montgomery was against gay marriage before suddenly doing an about face in early 2014 about the topic, leading former guitarist Mike Reynolds to accuse Montgomery for joining some sort of cult because of his change of stance on gay marriage. The band was in the news again last year, when Reynolds' replacement quit due to differences in opinions based on their religious beliefs.