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almost entirely unrelated to this great post but I read this poem today https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/10-02-2023/the-friday-poem-youth-group-leader-by-jordan-hamel which feels like an interesting corollary to Jesus at the Gay Bar. It was making me think about the meme of the "youth pastor voice" and why youth pastors in general seem to have quite a widespread cultural recognition - perhaps because youth groups are a place where people who are figuring out their Christian faith are very actively encouraged to bring more secular friends, and it's fun and social and parent approved even if there are definitely heteronormative guilt tripping purity culture elements too... maybe this is something I need to look into more myself but just thought it was interesting!

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