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I think of the girls with long hair braided down their backs,
studying their Bibles and highlighting holy promises,
who understand of God only the oft-quoted Bible lessons,
and nit-picked verses used to form stifling rules
by people who purport to be doing the "will of God".
Leaders quote the Psalms and promise girls God loves them
unconditionally; in a pure, special way, just as they are,
before turning around and passing out pamphlets reducing their bodies
to objects of desire, to temptation that must be covered up,
all in the name of "serving God" and "loving their Christian brothers."
I see the girls walking with heads downcast,
wearing shorts that convince them that their God-crafted thighs
are sin that must be covered,
who have been convinced that God loves them for what they do
and not who they are, that his love is contingent
on obedience to legalistic rules
Church of Christ, we must do better.