The “Christian Side Hug”

23:52 Tue 24 Nov 2009. Updated: 01:24 25 Nov 2009
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So now straightforward hugs are wrong? I can’t tell if this is parody. An insistence on “side hugs” to avoid any possibility of contact between crotches is pretty insane. In particular, it seems so obvious that such a restriction could only be necessary for people who are completely obsessed with sexual (and/or sexualized) contact, and that its adoption or promulgation is more indicative of serious problems than a hug could possibly be.

I’d really like to discover that it’s a joke. But it’s put out by a ministry that seems committed to slick (meaning terrible rap and heavy Flash websites, apparently) youth-oriented evangelism, and it’s unfortunately not inconsistent with the bizarre culture of a significant portion of modern American Christianity.

Given that the third paragraph of their Statement of Faith (PDF) explains that they believe in mankind’s “total spiritual depravity”, I suppose it’s not really surprising that they don’t trust people to hug each other.

One Response to “The “Christian Side Hug””

  1. Doodie Says:

    The Christian Side Hug rap was a total Joke and spoof….but it should have came with some sort of disclaimer. Since the end result was basically making Christianity and look stupid.

    Read here:

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