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Katy Perry's preacher mother wants her daughter to join the family business. Mary Perry Hudson, who raised Perry in a conservative Christian home, is shopping around a book proposal about her life with her pop-star daughter. In the book proposal obtained by Page Six, Hudson expresses her wish for Katy to preach the word of the Lord, rather than the gospel of "California Gurls."
"I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance," writes Hudson about attending one of her daughter's concerts. "Yet she sang out, 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it,' while thousands joined her. One part of my heart soared... the other part broke for the thousands of hungry souls being fed something that didn't nourish their spirit, but fed their flesh."
And speaking of flesh, Katy's mom is also unhappy with the amount that Perry shows her fans when she's on stage. In a passage about being backstage with her daughter, Hudson recalls her horror at Perry's skimpy costumes.
"Katy stepped out from behind the changing doors in a tiny risqué costume. No mother wants to see the top of her daughter's boobs," recalls Hudson. "My first instinct was to order her back behind those doors and demand she put something else on... However, I had no problem letting my eyebrows say what I wouldn't allow my mouth to utter."
Hudson says she envisioned Perry being a charismatic preacher, even a faith healer who cures the sick (now that would be worth the price of a concert ticket!). She writes that she has prayed over her daughter's stardom, saying: "Oh, dear God, how can I save her from all this? The money, the fame, the network, the people surrounding her, how can I compete?"
Hudson compares her relationship with Katy to that of Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, or Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie: parents whose famous children don't live by their conservative Christian values. Yet Katy's situation is a little different, in that she actually did start out as a Christian artist (back when she was going by Katy Hudson). Perry still has "Jesus" tattooed on her wrist, and while she's made fun of her strict upbringing in the press, she has also been very protective and respectful of her parents' beliefs. Yes, she's a bit of a wild child -- but one who speaks out against blasphemy on Twitter. We wouldn't be surprised if Mary Hudson was secretly a proud mama, even if these excerpts seem to say otherwise.