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"Jesus never hugged"

Posted by Christopher Shea  November 24, 2009 01:47 PM

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Not content with persuading teens to forswear sex and over-intimate dancing, some evangelical groups have extended their mission to include banning "frontal hugs" between young men and women. The more appropriate technique, forcefully advocated not long ago by a troupe of Christian rappers at an Encounter Generation conference, in Vacaville, Calif.--see the remarkable video at Feministing--is a "Christian side hug": a hip-to-hip, arm-around-shoulder approach.

As the song says (transcription via Feministing):

Gimme that Christian side hug, that Christian Side hug. Gimme that Christian Side hug, that Christian side hug. I'm a rough rider teamed up with Christ. Gimme that Christian Side hug, that Christian side hug.

These are the E-G rules, so pay attention cause this is essential. This ain't no front hug zone. Stop and listen. No front hugs and no kissin'.

All the while, there are the sounds of sirens in the background, as if police are descending on these gangstas.

As a Feministing commenter suggests, the use of the term "rough rider" sends a curiously (but surely unwitting) mixed message. The E.G. rappers may want to look up the phrase on Urbandictionary.com. Or maybe they don't. (You, either.)

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2 comments so far...
  1. this has got to be a joke. part of the chorus is taken directly from imperial death march from star wars.

    Posted by josh November 25, 09 12:50 PM
  1. Yes, this was a joke. Every news source that has covered this has blown it completely out of proportion. As a personal attendee of the church, I know how big of a joke the whole "Christian Side Hug" song was. It was meant to be a humorous, FAKE, purposely cheesy song. Completely satirical.

    Personally, I believe this is NOT journalism. The media needs to stop focusing on petty "Youtube" videos and start focusing on the true world problems at hand.

    Posted by finn November 25, 09 03:20 PM
 
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