The August issue of GQ still is not at my local newsstand, so I turn over the mike to southern gospel music blogger averyfineline.com for analysis of the magazine’s story about Kirk Talley:
Some of AVFL’s key points:
- Talley seems uncertain whether he is a victim of a backward religious culture or whether he is a spiritual masochist. Talley chooses neither to affirm same-gender relationships, nor to condemn “homosexuality.”
- The article title is misguided and false. Within the context Talley has chosen, there is no spiritual closet, nor has he come out of anything.
- Talley confuses temptation with the full scope of sexuality.
- Talley may prefer the known — the meanness and rejection he faces from evangelical and southern culture, which are familiar and predictable — over the unknown of starting over at age 47.
If you appreciate southern gospel music — or insightful analysis of the culture — go read AVFL.