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ChristWire.org is a satire of Christian fundamentalism which presents itself as a jaw-dropping compilation of some of the most batshit crazy homophobia, racism, paranoia, and outright fawning over anybody who extolls both right wing politics and Christian fundamentalism (e.g., George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, etc.). It successfully scores a lot of Poes.

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[edit] Yes, it's a parody

Some fundamentalists may indeed believe in the outlandish, biblical wrath-of-God claims on the site, but the site is satire, dancing on the edge of Poe's law well enough to fool people. Alongside the Christian ads, there are many gay-friendly ads, such as the "Get a Room" campaign for a gay weekend in Palm Springs (not to mention the time an author claimed to be writing to Miley Cyrus from his "new robot droid cellar"). Without these tidbits of genuine insanity, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that the content is genuine, and it is believed that many of its 27 million plus visitors, including MSNBC newscaster Rachel Maddow, may have thought this.

[edit] Outing

In 2010, the New York Times "outed" ChristWire as parody.[1] The intention by the authors of the site was to make people think about what they read in newspapers, checking what was and wasn't true rather than blindly accepting it. This is a slightly different motive than most parodists, who do it to discredit the religious right. In fact, the authors claimed to be more conservative in real life than most parodists. True to form, and the motive expressed in the New York Times article, ChristWire reacted to the "outing" by claiming the article was devoid of facts and was trying to discredit evangelical Christianity.[2]

[edit] Example posts

  • In 2010, God cleaved an island-sized iceberg off of Greenland because they approved civil unions in 1996. (God seems to be preoccupied. It took Him 14 years to notice.)[3]
  • Do church services bore your husband? Does he go to the gym, while having no interest in sports? Does he want to use lubricants and sex toys during intercourse with you? Does he like to walk around with his shirt off? Does he watch TV shows and movies that aren't laden with wall-to-wall explosions, fist fights and machine gun fire? Then HE'S GAY!!!!!!!!!![4]
  • How to spot a masturbator.[5] (You mean other than open your eyes and look at the nearest teenager or adult?)
  • The Golden Girls was the evil harbinger of gay tolerance.[6] (Really! How can an article that quotes "philosopher[7][8] Ross Douthat" in its first sentence, then blames the moral decay of America on a sitcom about four old ladies, be taken seriously? Maybe we're supposed to take it seriously because they quoted Douthat without mentioning "a chunky Reese Witherspoon.")
  • Mexican swine flu is still a zombie threat because it can lay dormant in teh Mexican genome.[9] Brrrrraaaaaiiiiinnnnnzzzzz!!!!! ¡¡¡¡¡Ceeeeerrrrreeeeebbbbbrrrrrooooosssss!!!!!
  • Evil girls are vajazzling[10] and vatooing[11] themselves because they hope to corrupt your poor, innocent, naïve, upstanding Christian son as he heads off to college.[12]
  • How women's suffrage destroys society.[13]
  • Obama fails to protect the most vulnerable of all minorities: White Christian Americans![14]
  • Portal 2 is a recruiting tool for the gay community. [15]

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