January 28, 2007
Re: Donnie Davies’s “music”
There are (were) two possibilities here. One is that he’s serious. I’m gullible, and have been exposed to entirely too many fundies who buy into the “Jesus loves everyone but those queers” idea, so my first impression was that the singer was in earnest in spite of the pink shirt and mustache. Of course, I’m not made of stone; I giggled in disbelief at the lines “to enter heaven there’s no back door” and “righteous man, get on your knees / There lies no virtue in sodomy,” just like pretty much everyone else in the left-wing blogosphere.
Which then, of course, brings us to the second possibility: that this is just a big hoax. It’s a joke. It’s satire. That’s the conclusion Pam Spaulding came to, as well as numerous commenters on Pandagon as well as Crooks and Liars–and now Joe.My.God. has concluded that Donnie Davies is, in fact, Joey Oglesby, and I’m inclined to agree. I agree that much of the material on the Love God’s Way website is ludicrous (Oscar Wilde was a “reformed homosexual”? Riiiiiight…), such that anyone who’s paying attention knows not to take it seriously. However, what about those who aren’t really paying attention? Doesn’t this just feed the flame of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric? I’m the first to state that everyone needs to be able to laugh at themselves, but when we still have to “remind broader society just how ugly a term ‘faggot’ can be”, when grieving parents are confronted by Westboro Baptist Church’s hatemongering signs at their children’s funerals, when a portion of the U.S. population is deliberately given the status of second-class citizen (at best!), might satire that proudly proclaims that “the Bible says God hates fags” be doing more harm than good?