Thanks to Peter for drawing our attention to this strange new concept. (Link to his forum post
.) Apparently side hugging is gaining popularity in the land of conservative Christians. The idea is to avoid the dangerous risk of "two crotches touching." Therefore
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.
But upon closer examination, I think this is another example of Poe's Law
. In other words, it's satire. The concept of the side hug traces back to the humor site Stuff Christians Like
, where it's identified as satire.
All Christians know the "A-Frame Hug." You each stand about two feet apart and, bending at the waist, tilt only your upper bodies toward each other, then embrace with only your forearms, so that nothing touches except your hands and shoulders, and, very briefly if at all, each other's cheeks.
The chances of "two crotches touching" during this maneuver are less than zero.
I know this stuff: Very few people have been in more churches than I have.
it's gotta be parody right?
Christianity is a very varied religion, so I doubt any one branch can absolutely state what a Christian would not advocate.
That's a pretty typical Christian response, "Anyone that doesn't do exactly like my cult isn't a REAL Christian." It's a logical fallacy called "No true Scotsman."
I'm sure there are probably plenty of cristians who have never heard of it. But its hardly a "hoax".