I’m 42, so writing about cheerleaders at my age has kind of an ookey feeling about it.
But the door has been thrown open, as cheerleading as become the ookey topic du jour. For example, the State of Texas recently tackled that life-or-death problem of cheerleader booty-shaking. Rest easy, America — Texas is on the case.
Call me crazy, but when I was a teen in high school, I liked the girls in short skirts. Everyone did, even the parents. After a local football game, my town did not engage in huge orgiastic sins. I didn’t go and rape anyone afterwards. I swear. You see, everyone thought that those girls were pretty (not to mention peppy), not dirty.
And although as an adult my reverence to God is, well, shaky, I assure you that it had little to do with seeing Susan Reid in a short skirt 25 years ago.
So can someone explain the Christian Cheeleaders of America to me?
I love their motto: "Building People Before Pyramids". But my favorite page is the one where the CCA states its mission and goals, including
to teach "state of the art" cheerleading techniques, material and methods while maintaining Christian standards…being "contemporary without compromise"
I don’t know what that means, so I looked at the photo accompanying the page.
Short skirts, girls up in the air, arms splayed open, smiles . . . yes, I can really tell the difference.
Then there’s the part described as the "Philosophy of Cheerleading" (I wonder if there’s a college-credit class for that).
"And whatsoever things ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." (Colossians 3:23-24)
"…that in all things He might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:18b)
It goes on like that. And while the philosophy is fine, I don’t understand what it has to do with cheerleading (as opposed to, say, life).
I don’t have a problem with Christianisty or cheerleading. But is seems to me that using one to boost the other is, well, silly. What’s next? Christian bowling?