Christian Rock Prank Catches Fire

Walking a very, very fine line here, I just thought I’d point out a video from ‘Donnie Davies’ called “The Bible Says” that’s catching buzz. Why? Because the vast majority of people are going to find it either highly offensive or highly hilarious. But they’ll all watch it, and talk about it, and send links to their friends ad infinitum. (UPDATE: Well they did, anyway, until YouTube removed the video. Thankfully, Donnie has it on his MySpace page, too.)

After the jump I do my best to answer the question, “Is this a hoax?”

Yes, I’m about 99% certain that this is a hoax, meant to mock anti-homosexual zealots. But as hoaxes go, it’s very well done, with a number of sites having been built to lend credibility to the backstory. It’s traveled up the link chain from Good as You to Pandagon, then the Seattle Stranger’s Slog to Gawker (where I found it) — and at every stop, it’s forced people to ask, “Is it real?”

A little reasarch on my part found a closed circle of links between the background web sites, that the domains are anonymously registered at GoDaddy by proxy, and according to a friend familiar with the Christian music scene, the language is too far over the top to be believable. But the ambiguity is what makes it so genius, and may have worked to convince some gullible MySpace users at least.

Now the fun becomes watching the meme spread until, hopefully, there’s a big reveal at the end where the prankster comes clean. So shine on you crazy diamond, Donnie Davies!

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