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ChristWire and Good Satire

The satirical website ChristWire is heavy-handed and not very funny. But might good satire help illuminate where we believers need reform?

I first learned of the website ChristWire from a Facebook friend who linked to a much-read post that lists questions for wives to answer if they think their husbands might be gay. My friend asked whether anyone knew if the list was satire, because it sure seemed like it. The answer to her question, according to New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer, is a resounding "yes." Having operated ChristWire since 2008 under pseudonyms, the founders revealed their true identities—and intent—publicly last week.

Bryan Butvidas and Kirwin Watson started ChristWire to be "something like what The Onion [a popular fake-news site] would be if the writers cared mainly about God, gay people and how both influence the weather." The site's tagline is "Conservative Values for an Unsaved World," and articles are heavy on pronouncements about God's vengeance against gay people (e.g., "Hurricane Earl Projected Path, Gay East Coast of America"), as well as racist rants and ridicule of celebrity lifestyles. ...

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