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This is all nothing new. People burned Beatles records when John Lennon purportedly said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Just like Hank, that isn't exactly what John said, but his comments were mischaracterized, and the media jumped all over it.

"A series of weekly articles entitled "How Does a Beatle Live?" appeared in the London Evening Standard during March 1966. Written about, respectively, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney, the four articles were completed by journalist Maureen Cleave. Cleave's article mentioned that Lennon was "reading extensively about religion", and quoted a comment he made:

'Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first—rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.' "
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