MINISTRY's JOURGENSEN: 'PRESIDENT BUSH Is Throwing The World Into The Toilet'

MINISTRY singer Al Jourgensen has dismissed predictions by naysayers that the absence of longtime bassist/collaborator Paul Barker from the group's new CD would spell the end of the band.

"Fuck that," Jourgensen told MTV.com. "I hired him into the band. He was just like an employee. MINISTRY is me. He played bass and programmed the computers, I did everything else. So it was a new challenge, and it was really invigorating [to do everything without him for the first time in 18 years]."

In a not-so-subtle dig at President Bush, almost every songtitle on the band's upcoming album, "Houses of the Molé", starts with a 'W': "No 'W'", "Wrong", "Waiting", "Worm", "Walrus", etc. "With the Bushes, the more things change, the more they stay the same," Jourgensen told MTV.co. "This is a very critical election, and these are our protest songs. We ain't no DIXIE CHICKS, man. We're not gonna say, 'Well, I kinda don't like Bush' and then apologize for saying it. We hate this fucker."

Jourgensen also revealed plans for MINISTRY to put their politics on the road. The band recently joined forces with Punkvoter.com, and when they tour the U.S. in August they will travel with anti-Bush literature and set up a booth with the hope of signing up 100,000 fans to vote.

"I'm doing this because I see the guy still hanging strong in the polls when it's the most corrupt oligarchy ever to run this country," Jourgensen told MTV.com. "Bush is really taking the world and throwing it into the toilet, and he's got his hand on the flusher right now. There comes a time when you just gotta do your part, and if everyone just did a little, there's no way he would have won the last election. This is a mission, and when I'm done, hopefully I'll be able to put a banner above us saying, 'Mission accomplished.' "

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