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December 10, 2004

Jesus was a poof! Pthrrrrpppp!!!!!

by Feòrag

Scotland: An organisation of alleged Christians is upset about a play they have refused to see, and which played the Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim about five years ago.

Corpus Christi by American playwright Terence McNally, depicts Jesus and his disciples as gay men in a Texas town and is being performed at the Crawford Arts Centre in St. Andrews. The protestors, who haven't read the play either, insist that Jesus uses naughty words: I don't like Christ portrayed as a filthy, swearing, pervert. The play's director Zsuzsi Lyndsay, did not notice any of this, and had the strange belief that it contained a message that Christianity was for everyone, not just ignorant bigots:

She said: What we were trying to do is to reiterate the fact that Jesus is for everyone, not just for people who are straight but for homosexuals as well.

I have the deepest respect for their beliefs, I'd have even more respect for them though if they came to see the show and saw what they were picketing against.

I'm afraid that Jesus is not portrayed as a drunken, foul-mouthed messiah and if you read the play you would know that.

He doesn't say one bad word throughout the play.

One Born-Again Christian who saw the play, was much more sensible.

On leaving the opening night, she said: I consider myself a born again Christian and a lot of stuff which happened in that play, I could see as being offensive.

But we live in a world where stuff like this happens and you've to take these things with a pinch of salt.

You know what's going to happen in the play and I enjoyed it.

One member of extremists 'Christian' Voice did see enough of the play to give him an excuse to waste police time. The anonymous fundie has file a complain of blasphemy against Fife Constabulary, who are now obliged to investage rather than, say, catching rapists and murderers. The last public prosecution for blasphemy in Scotland was in 1843.

In the meantime, if you want to go and see the play, you're out of luck—its entire run has sold out.

Fury over 'gay Jesus' productionBBC News, 10th December 2004.

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1: Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | December 10, 2004 5:05 PM

Whenever a fundie loon is being a complete pain in the arse I just say: "the Bible is pretty good until the hippy shows up..."

2: Posted by: Feòrag | December 11, 2004 2:31 PM

News today is that the police have decided to do precisely nothing about these fuckwits' complaints.

3: Posted by: Marco (Thaddeus from cast) | December 12, 2004 6:08 AM

If possible, we'll be running it again in April at the St Andrews student festival 'Showcase', in the Byre Theatre (http://www.byretheatre.com). So you could still come to see it. We may not mention it to the Sunday Mail et al this time around though...

4: Posted by: negiti | December 14, 2004 4:28 PM

Britain has adopted criminal legislation against race-based verbal assaults, and is now considering similar legislation against religious "hate" verbage.

Given the degree of perceptible "hate" factor in this case, it clearly falls into line with their laws to demand police restraint, regardless of what the heterosexual, bank-robbing, boot-licking, weiner-grabbing, chicken choking, blood-drinking director of the play says.

The above was an example of "ironicality".

Just like in the Bible, it all makes sense when you take it in context.

Merry Christmas, and H-A-A-A-A-PY New Year! to pagans, heretics and believers alike.

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