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Until recently, if you wanted to hear Christian rock bands you had to attend a church or an Amway convention. Now it's Disney and Universal Studios battling for pious youth, and never mind that boycott. Universal announced its "Rock the Universe" show featuring 11 bands on two stages on Sept. 11 and 12 -- the latter day overlapping with Walt Disney World's annual "Night of Joy."

"There'll be a lot of folks in town for that concert and we'd hope they'd come and enjoy our show, too," says Universal Studios spokeswoman Rhonda Murphy. But Universal's concerts are 6 to 10 p.m., both days while Disney's one-day showcase runs 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. A Solomon's choice at best.

Universal's Friday lineup includes Seven Day Jesus, Burlap to Cashmere, Big Tent Revival, Audio Adrenaline and Newsboys. Disney counters with Greg Long, Bob Carlisle, Third Day, Avalon, Jars of Clay and God's Property. No word on whether the large and powerful International Atheist Homosexual Liberation Front will call a protest or boycott of the parks for this blatantly pro-Christian display. At $28 per ticket, however, it is clear that the meek shall not attend.


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