Abstinence-only rap: “Gimme the Christian side hug”

Christian Side Hug from The Fathers House on Vimeo.

A very rough estimate of the first few lines of the rap (not easy to transcribe/understand with all those sirens and shotguns in the background):

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.

There is so much to say on this one. First of all, appropriation much?
Secondly, as Jill at Feministe asked, do you think they know what rough rider means?
In case you aren’t already familiar with the Christian Side Hug, via The Sexist:

According to Stuff Christians Like, there’s no “exact scripture reference” banning normal hugging. But the Side-Hug does significantly lower the “risk of two crotches touching,” which has got to be in the Bible somewhere. Here’s how you do it:
“Instead of face to face, you go side to side, putting your arm around the person and your hip against their’s. Still having a hard time mastering it? Pretend you’re taking a photo and you’re both looking at the camera together. The side hug, or A frame as it is also called, is safe for the whole family, friendly and above all holy.”

If front hugging isn’t Christian, I’m not sure how gunshots or cocking your gun are either (both can be heard in the background of the video).
The rap was performed at the Encounter Generation Conference (hence the EG reference in the lyrics) which is “a conference for youth, young adults, and youth pastors. Now is the time for them to bring the power, authenticity, and relevance of Jesus Christ to their culture.”
At least we know these folks aren’t ever making the crossover from Christian to mainstream rap anytime soon.

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  • baddesignhurts

    i understand that some people have bad experiences. really. i get it. and i get that there is a history of oppression. however, it’s prejudicial to paint everyone with the same brush when one hasn’t educated oneself about the changes going on in many churches/congregations/individuals. christianity is a big tent, and i deeply resent being made to answer for the actions of others with whom i have no contact, or having assumptions made about my intellect. BELIEVE ME, there are ***many*** christians who are keenly aware of the church’s history and are trying to make changes *from the inside* to make a more just world. so to hear comments that are openly hostile to our religion rather than encouraging is, to my mind, really just about anger and isn’t constructive in the slightest.
    i’m remembering the community post in which the OP discussed her struggles reconciling her mormon faith and her feminism. commenters replied that “mormonism and feminism are complete opposites”. one person wrote that she should “drop her faith like a cleveland steamer”. NO ONE attempted to help her find ways to make her church more interested in women’s issues, instead attacking her for her church membership. quite frankly, the fact that this sort of thing happens a LOT on this blog.

  • Toongrrl

    What is wrong with front hugging?

  • JesiDangerously

    You can’t expect non-christians to approve problems from a Christian point of view. It just doesn’t work that way. I’d hazard a guess that the majority of commentors here are not very religious. So how exactly are we supposed to know how to reconcile feminism with a not-so-woman-friendly religion? However, since you are a Christian, you could offer advice coming for a point of view that the rest of us don’t have, so then would have been a great time to speak up. And maybe you did.

  • baddesignhurts

    first of all, you can stop calling it unfriendly to women. many mainline and liberal christian denominations and groups are specifically attempting to make reforms for gender/race/orientation equality and have been for decades. of course, there’s always room for improvement.
    second of all, if you don’t have a freakin’ suggestion, then don’t freakin’ say anything. maybe read and learn instead. i know some people have issues with their religious upbringing. hell, *I* have issues with my religious upbringing. this isn’t the place to air my grievances against anyone that’s done me wrong. (that’s what my facebook status is for. ;)
    i am asking for people of faith to be treated with the same basic respect that members of other groups are rightly accorded on this site.

  • Laura

    StuffChristiansLike isn’t a joke, it’s a satire? Is what you’re trying to say, “it’s not a joke because a Christian made it?”