Moshing For Jesus At “Christian Woodstock”

Thousands hold up candles during a midnight candle lighting ceremony at the Creation Christian music festival near Mount Union, Pennsylvania, June 29, 2008.

MOUNT UNION, Pa (Reuters) – A music festival with heavy metal, punk, hip-hop and pop music might seem like an unusual place to get baptized, but Creation is a festival with strict rules: no alcohol, no drugs and no sex before marriage.

“It’s like the Christian version of Woodstock, basically, except it’s neat and clean,” said Victor Gibson, 37, from Manheim, Pennsylvania, who brought his wife and five children aged from five to 14 to the four-day festival.

“Take a look back at the crowd,” he said, as thousands of fans held their arms in the air, pounding out the beat of a song by Christian band Kutless, whose sound Gibson likened to Metallica. “No rioting, no fighting, nobody getting beat up.”

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