The Evangelical Onion

Who says conservative Christians can't have their own deadpan, sharp-barbed send-up?

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Letterman was an early role model, and now Lark's creator is developing a TV comedy series, The Ministry, about a near-megachurch

Before people realized that was a parody site, it ran an item about the Christian publishing giant Zondervan, which has marketed the Bible to seemingly every niche group but one--a deficit Lark rectified by reporting that Zondervan had put out a new, lifestyle-friendly edition (the "GNIV") for gays. Zondervan promptly called the story the work of a "disturbed individual."

"I'm not sure that could happen anymore," chuckles the individual, a churchgoing Evangelical named Joel Kilpatrick, 35. His five-year-old site, a kind of Christian version of the satirical newspaper the Onion, is now recognized as a healthy supplement in...

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