When Religious Groups in the Philippines protested against Incubus

Incubus has once been a target by religious protesters from the Philippines after a text message went around urging everyone to pray against them.

The California-based band had a live show, July 2011, in the biggest stage in the country which started opposition of some religious groups.

The protesters say that they are afraid that Incubus will “impart their spirits into our youth” and were praying that the show will be cancelled and not push through.

The text message that circulated said : “PRAYER ALTERT !! A rock band called INCUBUS s comin 2perform at d Araneta Coliseum on July 28. We Must pRAY this group dUZnt even step on2 Philippine soil so that they dONT impart their spirits in2 our youth!”

Moreover, the message defined the word “incubus” as “1. a male demon believed 2lie on sleepin persons 2hav sexual intercourse w/them; 2. a situation resembling a terrifying dream; 3. Some1 who depresses or worries others,” and urged others to spread the word “Pls pass . . & PRAY!! May GOD protect us all.”

In response to this, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger said “I’ve heard people were worried us about bringing our evil music to the holy land there. In a certain way, it’s kind of an honor and I do very much treat it with a sense of humour.”

Einziger also said that he actually felt sorry for the people who sent and believe the message. “They’re very serious about it and I think it’s just a part of a larger problem that affects us on a global scale, which is that religious extremism runs rampant.”