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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

“God Hates a Fag”: Donnie Davies Speaks! A Little! Or, Uh, IMs!

posted by on January 24 at 19:22 PM

Today Andrew Sullivan declared “God Hates a Fag” to be a hoax. (You can see the video here.)

At the risk of spoiling the illusion, the God Hates Fags video is, when you examine the site more closely, and watch the video more attentively, a brilliant piece of performance art. So brilliant it illuminates what it satirizes more deeply than any argument could.

Not so, says Seattle’s own Laurence Ballard.

Ballard did some digging on Donnie Davies’ website and found his AIM handle, and added it to his iChat “buddies” list. Davies logged on earlier this evening, and popped up on Ballard’s computer. Ballard asked for a video chat and Davies declined. But Ballard did manage to draw Davies—or the person pretending to be Davies—into a short chat session. So far as I know, this interview—truncated and one-sided—is the only one that Davies has done since this exploded. So let’s meet the man behind what is either the most brilliantly sublime piece of camp since South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut or the an appalling example of poisonous self hatred since Ted Haggard gave that interview in his minivan.

But first a word from Ballard:

I just had a brief iChat with the fellow who uses the AIM handle PastorDavies. The same Pastor Donnie Davies who has created a hoax/non-hoax shitstorm over the recent release of “God Hates a Fag” from Love God’s Way and I think Donnie’s for real. As a former fundamentalist I know the power of sincerity wed with stupidity. When mixed with the faculty and word of God it can be a confusing amalgam to those not so inclined. This is where secular cynicism can lead one astray. Never underestimate the power of folly. A glance at our Chief Executive will make that point.

Also, whereas I might be surprised that an evangelical would write a song and produce a video entitled, “God Hates a Fag,” the achingly conservative and judgmental Fundamentalist mind-set would eat this shit up like a labrador in the kitty litter box.

Ballard sent me a copy of his chat with Donnie Davies. You can download a copy by clicking here. I’ve transcribed their short chat, below. Ballard wanted to note that, “this is the first time I’ve used—yuck—’smileys,’ but I figured they would help.”

Laurence Ballard: Just a simple and sincere question - is your ministry for real? (smiley)

PastorDavies: I think its strange you would ask.

Laurence Ballard: Strange only in the sense that your video has received so much attention.

Laurence Ballard: There are information sources out there that state that this is all - no offense - an elaborate hoax. In these cynical times, it is often hard to tell the difference. (smiley)

Laurence Ballard: A ministry that counsels homosexuals and concerns itself with life in teh womb needs to be taken seriously, if it is to have any success. That is what I meant by my first question. (smiley)

Laurence Ballard: Would you be willing to answer any of my questions?

PastorDavies: Sorry, yes.

PastorDavies: I am getting slammed right now, please forgive.

Laurence Ballard: I can only imagine.

Laurence Ballard: Many, many people probably want to talk with you at present, yes?

PastorDavies: Yes

PastorDavies: You can imagine.

Laurence Ballard: Talk about mixed blessings! (big smiley)

PastorDavies: yes

Laurence Ballard: You’ve probably touched quite a few nerves…

Laurence Ballard: Is all of this attention anything you expected?

PastorDavies: Not really.

Laurence Ballard: Didn’t you think your band’s video would capture a lot of notice?

PastorDavies: I hoped so.

PastorDavies: God works in mysterious ways.

Laurence Ballard: This could be the start of an online ministry.

Laurence Ballard: What do you hope your band’s video will accomplish - in the near term?

PastorDavies has gone offline.

UPDATE: Newspeak also got to IM for a moment with Donnie this evening.

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One small correction: It was 'PastorDavies' who responded "God works in mysterious ways."

Posted by Laurence Ballard | January 24, 2007 8:11 PM

Ahem: "I am getting slammed right now, please forgive". The whole damn computer is shakin'!

Posted by Fnarf | January 24, 2007 8:13 PM

After going to school with the fundamentalist crowd at Whitworth I can only say that there is a really good chance this guy is for real. After living with these people on a campus for awhile you begin to see this "fake" appearance of warmth to be what they are actually like. For the rational mind that is not clouded by the "born again" experience it seems, well like bad acting. I only wish it was. And watching the videos from Donnie, I can tell you that the odds are in favor that he is for real. Pink shirt and all......

Posted by Andrew | January 24, 2007 8:45 PM

Forgot one other aspect of why this guy is probably real. Unlike the typical born agains that Seattle Urbanites are used to (always damning people to hell while asking for cash) This guy is not asking for cash and he really seems to believe what he is saying. Remember in the Fundamentalist tradition there are those offering the Kool-Aid (Pat Robinson, Jerry Falwell ect) and those that drink the Kool-Aid. The ones who are drinking the Kool-Aid (think kids in Jesus Camp) are the ones who will kill you.

Posted by Andrew | January 24, 2007 8:56 PM

The merest suggestion of this being for real is absurd. The evidence is there, though it's far more fun to not look so closely at that and instead concentrate on a person conducting and interview in character. Need I remind anyone that Borat isn't really from Kazakhstan either.

I also chatted with Pastor Davies tonight and had much the same exchange, albeit at a painfully slow rate.

Posted by Simon Jones | January 24, 2007 9:39 PM

But oh---oh, hey! Where's Jeffery Dahmer mustache? That Southern earnesty? THE PINK SHIRT?

I believe the jury has reached their verdict.


Reverend Foot

Posted by ReverendFoot | January 24, 2007 9:45 PM

We over at and the Donnie Davies Fag Club also had a wee chat with Donnie this afternoon. It went about the same as Laurence's did (Aaron said he thought the responses seemed automated, but I think he signed off too quickly for it to be a bot) and I'm still just as baffled. Some of the fundies I live around in Colorado Springs definitely have that perma-shit-eating-grin when they call you "bro", so it's hard to dismiss it!

Posted by Noel Black | January 24, 2007 9:52 PM

The IM is inconclusive. Those are pretty pat answers on PastorDavies part.

But wait on that second YouTube link up there @6... what's the song that ends the clip? Seems..vaguely reminiscent of something.. Could it be the Psychadelic Furs "Love My Way" (/it's a new rule)? why it shure sounds a lot like it...

Posted by treacle | January 25, 2007 12:39 AM

And what's the deal with Cyndy Lauper being on the "safe" band list on his site? Guess Jesus thinks it's ok to "she-bop"!

Posted by Pugzz | January 25, 2007 6:37 AM

Hoax. This guy was falling back on pat answers - if he were for real, wouldn't he have been proselytizing more in the chats? This guy seems in a panic to get out of the unscripted arena.

Posted by katrat | January 25, 2007 7:44 AM

"Thank you to Andrew Sullivan for gettin' behind me"? He can't help his weight because "that's just how I's born"? Come on, it's a joke. I couldn't decide at first either, but that video update tips it. This guy is better than Borat, and you guys are the dupes!

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