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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

GQ is running an excellent article on one person’s experience at Creation, a Christian rock fest:

Upon This Rock
Rock music used to be a safe haven for degenerates and rebels. Until it found Jesus.
By John Jeremiah Sullivan

I suspect that on some level—say, the conscious one—I didn’t want to be noticing what I noticed as we went. But I’ve been to a lot of huge public events in this country during the past five years, writing about sports or whatever, and one thing they all had in common was this weird implicit enmity that American males, in particular, seem to carry around with them much of the time. Call it a laughable generalization, fine, but if you spend enough late afternoons in stadium concourses, you feel it, something darker than machismo. Something a little wounded, and a little sneering, and just plain ready for bad things to happen. It wasn’t here. It was just…not. I looked for it, and I couldn’t find it. In the three days I spent at Creation, I saw not one fight, heard not one word spoken in anger, felt at no time even mildly harassed, and in fact met many people who were exceptionally kind. I realize they were all of the same race, all believed the same stuff, and weren’t drinking, but there were also 100,000 of them. What’s that about?

Click the link above to read the rest. A bit on the long side, but highly recommended.

I should also add that there’s a bit of profanity. You’ve been warned.