Katy Perry at the "Part of me" premiere in Sydney, Australia - Photo by Eva Rinaldi Photography via Flickr (http://bit.ly/1bz7e0h)

Katy Perry “not Christian,” and why that matters

Going to a Christian college in Santa Barbara, it was hard to escape the shadow of Katy Perry. Every third person had known her growing up–they were in elementary school together, or sang in the same church choir, or took dance classes together. I even ended up at the same party as her sister once, a year after graduation. It was 2008, and “I Kissed a Girl” had just made pastor’s daughter Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson a sensation. People were quick to tease me–my father is a pastor, too–about good girls gone bad, rebellious phases, and all manner of not-so-funny jokes.