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23 January 2007

The Bible Says. Please tell me this is a joke!
the site seems to be down at the moment, but there is this welcome clip to the homepage on youtube too.
posted by maledei 23 January | 15:47
Yea, I think that site was making the rounds today. Saw it on another site, too.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 23 January | 15:57
This is hilarious and terrifying. Ravi Shankar?? And they have Cyndi Lauper listed under "Safe Bands?"
posted by tr33hggr 23 January | 16:30
It's gotta be a joke.
posted by Specklet 23 January | 17:05
Satire. Got to be.
Follow me and together we'll C.H.O.P.S away the Gay.
No way is this guy serious. The song includes references to "going through the front door instead of the back" and getting on your knees.

Oh, and Frank Sinatra is on the gay list, as well as Elton John, who is listed twice because he's "really gay."
posted by ColdChef 23 January | 17:05
Also, from the band's homepage: We live not too far from the chemical plants in Baytown and sometimes being so close to that kind of industry creates intense self-reflection, which is what we are all about.
posted by ColdChef 23 January | 17:07
Yeah, I'm calling bullshit on this guy (he says he's from New Orleans, so I'm gonna ask around about him) just from this paragraph alone:

Oscar Wilde, my hero, was a reformed homosexual. He went to prison for his sins. Once he was alone with his thouhgts, in jail, he saw the errors of his ways and repented. He died as a Christian. While I'm not advocating jailing all Homosexuals, I do think it would benefit them greatly. It would be for their own good. When a person is forced to think they will generally be able to see their problems and solve them by themselves.
posted by ColdChef 23 January | 17:11
I think so too. I think it gets obvious when he stops his speech to take off his jacket in the welcome video.
posted by maledei 23 January | 17:18
To quote somebody in this brief blog discussion, "It shows how truly far-gone the far right-wing is: you honestly can't tell a parody from the real thing anymore."
posted by box 23 January | 17:56
This guy makes a good argument for bullshit:

It's DEFINITELY a joke. The sites are professionally done with unprofessional content. A real organization would have a phone number and an address, not just a gmail account. The band site would have info about its members. There's not a single Bible verse quoted on any of the sites, and there are pictures of rosary beads. Most ex-gay organizations are evangelical, not Catholic.

Also, there are several little things that make me think it's a joke by someone who knows the evangelical world inside and out. If you read Davies' bio, he says his father was an "Anabaptist in Houston." There are very, very few people who would describe themselves as Anabaptists in Texas or Louisiana. Organizations like this wouldn't discuss corruption and scandal (and link to the Wikipedia entry on "Ted Haggard") in the GOP. No self-described reformed homosexual would list Oscar Wilde as a hero. Cyndi Lauper as a "safe band"? Lots of hipster indie bands that most evangelicals have never heard of? The band is called EVENING SERVICE (which may be the funniest double entendre ever)? Puh-lease.
posted by ColdChef 23 January | 18:42
Yeah, I call horse hockey on this.

I know there are all kinds of weird and wacky real ministries out there, but this ain't one of them.
posted by bunnyfire 23 January | 18:59
Great. Now miss b*****fire is going to make me question my instincts! Dammit. (And I was so sure!)

posted by ColdChef 23 January | 19:01
Hey, ColdChef, that should be four astericks, not five.

posted by bunnyfire 23 January | 22:06
Another really strong argument that this is satire is its invocation of Oscar Wilde as a 'reformed homosexual.' Far from it.
posted by Miko 23 January | 22:57
I have a phone interview in a little over an hour. || Uh, is this Photoshopped, or have we just not seen him in awhile?