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When we received an email two weeks ago with the subject line "12,000 Women Expected at Rose Garden Arena," WW's hetero male staffers got more than a little excited. Sexually. But as we continued reading, our chubs dissipated. The email was about the Women of Faith conference. These were to be Christian women. And everyone knows Christian women don't put out...OR DO THEY?
Because we live in Portland and therefore have never actually met a Christian woman, WW asked local pop musician Danny Seim (of Menomena fame, and slightly lesser Lackthereof fame) about them. Seim's religious upbringing colors many of the songs on his new album, Lackthereof's A Retrospective 1998-2008, or I Was a Christian Emo Twentysomething. The song "Modern Christianity," written in 2000, describes the difficulties of worshipping a god Seim "can't touch, smell or see," while "Abstinent Dry Sex," written in 2004, is about the grueling process of resisting one's dirty urges. Seim, himself no longer a believer, must surely have learned a few secrets of seducing the faithful in his years as That Christian Dude in the Band. So he helped us out with these sweet, sweet pickup lines.
- Want to practice speaking in tongues?
- You look like you need prayer. Can I lay my hands on you?
- You make Amy Grant look like Mother Teresa.
- Will you be the Eve to my forbidden fruit?
- I’ll be a deer. You be Lot’s wife.
- Girl, I’d repress an entire childhood of guilt and shame for you.
- Your name must be Zion, because I’d like to mount you.
- You’re making my Lazarus want to come forth.
- Will there be a love offering tonight?
- Want to have a threesome with the Holy Spirit tonight?
- Want to join me at confession tomorrow morning?
JOIN IN: The Women of Faith Conference, "A Grand New Day," featuring appearances from Christian musician Nicole C. Mullen, Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel and more, visits the Rose Garden Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10. $79-$109. All ages. For a review of Lackthereof's new record, see localcut.com.
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