Row erupts in Australia over 'gay' Jesus play: report

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    Jan 23, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    Australian church leaders have condemned a play shortly to open in Sydney depicting Jesus as a gay man who is seduced by Judas, a report said Sunday.

    The play, named Corpus Christi, is due to open next month as part of the city's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney's Sun-Herald newspaper reported.

    A senior Sydney churchman called the play "historical nonsense".

    "It is deliberately, not innocently, offensive and they're obviously having a laugh about it," Robert Forsyth, Anglican bishop of South Sydney, was quoted saying.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080120/entertainment/australia_religion_gay_2
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    Jan 23, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    This caused just as big a rukus here in the US when it premeired years ago. I think it was written by Terrence McNally (don't quote me on that.) I love his work and would have loved seeing that play.
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    Jan 24, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    Yeah, it was McNally, and that article is a bit misleading. The play isn't some kind of historical revisionism. It's a fantasy set in Texas in the '50s and all the disciples are gay, too, as I recollect.
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    Jan 24, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    I really think the world could use more blasphemy. Just about anything that outrages a fundamentalist has to have some redeeming social value.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
    I think the comments at the bottom of the link (thanks Cas) are indicative of what the wider population thinks about this news.
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    Jan 24, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    So far each and every time that this show has beent attempted to be staged, there have been numerous bomb threats on the theatres. This is a piece that hasn't even had a chance to make it off off Broadway(or have an actual staging), but has received so much interest that it sells out everytime it is put up. It says a lot about what 'in my eyes' is the ultimate message of the Bible. It's interesting that this message of love is the one that is most often rejected. Good luck to Australia!