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Annals of Christian Conferences

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyApr 14, 2006 6:50 PM

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I just left the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida; I'm currently sitting in the happily wired Orlando airport. Anyway, I noticed something at the conference that I can't resist mentioning--and no, this has nothing to do with hurricanes. Just as the hurricane conference ended, a new conference was starting at the same hotel--a distinctly Christian conference oriented towards promoting youth "leadership." Now, possibly it's just me, but I was staggered by the name of this event: "Lads to Leaders & Leaderettes." Er...questions running through my head when I heard this included: Wouldn't turning lads into leaderettes require some kind of operation? What does the Southern Baptist Convention think of that? And most importantly, do the people organizing this event really not realize what their title suggests to those of us belonging to the Daily Show generation? Perhaps not. I mean, who calls young boys or men "lads" any more in the first place?

P.S.: Any compunctions I may have had about having a little fun at the expense of "Lads to...Leaderettes" evaporated when I realized that they preach anti-evolutionism to children [for evidence follow that link and search on "evolution"]...

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