Corpus Christi

Many of the attacks on Christianity in art and theater are sponsored by homosexual forces, prompting one theater critic to ask, "Why is it that almost all the contemporary American plays that wrestle with religious issues are by and about gay folks?" One logical explanation would be that homosexuals are determined to undermine the foundations of Christianity in order to legitimize their lifestyle. College campuses, in addition to offering classes and speech codes biased against Christianity, nourish this anti-Christian message by producing or sponsoring plays that are overtly disrespectful and even blasphemous.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), at its tenth annual awards ceremony in 1999, honored Paul Rudnick's anti-Christian play, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told as the best OffOff Broadway production. In the play, described as "Paul Rudnick's homosexual retelling of the Bible," God created Adam and Steve, a homosexual couple in the Garden of Eden, and Jane and Mabel, a lesbian couple. Not to be left out was the Virgin Mary, depicted as a lesbian. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights described the play as a "routine homosexual play" that featured "full-frontal male nudity, filthy language, discussions of body parts, butch lesbians, effeminate gay men, ranting against nature, damning God for AIDS, etc" Said Catholic League president William Donohue, "I can only guess that the reason why this play captured the Off-Off Broadway award and Corpus Christi didn't win the Broadway and Off-Broad-way award is because the boys managed to keep their pants on in the Terrence McNally play."

Speaking of Terrence McNally's play, Corpus Christi, in 2001, three Indiana residents tried unsuccessfully to obtain an injunction to ban its performance at the Fort Wayne campus of Indiana University. Even one of the judges who refused to ban it described it as "notorious" and "blasphemous." It's no wonder. The play portrays Christ as a homosexual who engages in sexual behavior with his disciples. The residents challenging the play attempted to turn the separationists' argument back on them, contending the state, by publicly endorsing antiChristian beliefs, was endorsing religion in violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause. Though one of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges, in denying the claim, described it as "absurd," a dissenting judge thought it had merit. Regardless of the legal issues, the fact remains that the play occurred and was condoned by the elite culture without a second thought given to the sensitivities of Christians. Indeed, to illustrate how out of touch our mainstream media is with Christian sensitivities, Time magazine, when Corpus Christi debuted, referred to it as a "serious, even reverent retelling of the Christ story in a modern idiom-quite close, in its way, to the original."

Other anti-Christian, anti-Catholic plays recently produced by the homosexual community were Burning Habits, known as "an eight-part gay play" that attacks the Church, and Jesus Christ, It's Your Birthday, called "a gay play that promised to put the X back in Christmas."

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