Right-Wing Catholics Will Protest a Dallas Production of a Gay-Themed Bible Satire

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The conceit behind The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is easy to grasp. Instead of Adam and Eve frolicking naked in the Garden of Eden, it's Adam and Steve who are the primordial couple. When they meet up with an equally primordial lesbian couple and decide to start a civilization, hilarity ensues.

The sacrilege was deliberate and gleeful, but what reviewers homed in on when the play debuted off Broadway in 1998 was the compassionate spirit that was layered underneath. As The New York Times' Ben Brantley put it at the time, "there's reverence in [playwright Paul] Rudnick's irreverence, an earnest warmth beneath the frivolity."

Religious conservatives, particularly in the south, however, prefer their "earnest warmth" to be Biblically accurate and free of homosexuality, which is why they have protested the play in the past and continue to do so as it makes its way through the nation's heartland.

In Oklahoma City, dozens of pastors have objected to the presentation of the play, calling it "obscene" and "an affront to Oklahoma City community standards." Here in Dallas, the Uptown Players' scheduled production at the Kalita Humphreys Theater will be picketed this weekend by America Needs Fatima, which describes itself as a "nonprofit campaign made up of Catholic citzens united in a common goal: To win the heart and soul of America for Mary, our Blessed Mother."

Robert Ritchie, the group's executive director, penned an outraged call to action on Sunday, alerting Dallas Catholics that "They will call Our Lady a lesbian in your city!!!"

"This is blasphemy," Ritchie writes. "I ask -- will God bless those who allow His Holy Mother to be dragged into the dirt of lesbian insults? Will He allow the Immaculate Conception to be turned into a homosexual party game?"

Considering that the play is 15 years old and has been shown countless times in New York and elsewhere, the answer seems to be yes. Whether he will allow the Uptown Players to stage their version remains to be seen, though it's doubtful that they will be stopped by ANF's Rosary of Reparation.

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

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Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Again I steal someone else's shtick - Trying to care, trying to care.  Nope ain't happenin

ruddski
ruddski

Andrew Sullivan will be conflicted, but I wonder what the reaction would be to a play put on by Catholics that lampooned gays and whatever it is gays worship.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Catholics need to beware this group, which has a strong right-wing political agenda that has nothing to do with Catholic teaching or with the message of Fatima. My guess is that members would agree with Rush Limbaugh's assessment of Pope Francis as a Marxist dupe.   

observerlibtard
observerlibtard

Isnt the Catholic Church already totally gay anyway?

observerlibtard
observerlibtard

Why doesn't anyone make a gay satire of Islam?

Oh yeah, the Muslims would kill anyone who dd that.

cathyocomm
cathyocomm

Ticket sales will be awesome! The public LOVES a controversy. Thanks, Right-Wing Catholics!

casiepierce
casiepierce

But it's okay to make political satire of Mohammad the Prophet and feign outrage when the "Islamists" burn the American flag ? Turn about's fair play.....

ruddski
ruddski

There's only on religious cult that can shut down these sorts of bold and cutting edge productions before they ever see light of day, and it ain't Catholics.

Bobtex
Bobtex

Please refer the Church Lady folks to the U.S. Constitution, pursuant to which those folks get to practice their religion freely and us folks get to speak our blasphemies freely.  

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

"Our Lady A Lesbian" - Is that a splinter sect church in Oak Lawn?  It might be the same diocese as the Church of  Our Lady of Lost and Found.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Kid Rock is the spokesman for America Needs Fatima?

I would never have guessed that.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

Ummmmm . . . .

You act as if that hasn't been done hundreds of thousands of times in modern popular culture since . . . ever? 

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

I hear the elders love sssssssssssssssssssssausage! LMAO

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@observerlibtard "Bi-Curious George and the Man with the Purple Turban"?

ruddski
ruddski

Sponsored by the Catholic Church?

ruddski
ruddski

Theo van Gogh thanks you.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

The church is easy enough to ignore, the problem is that the choices made by the majority of people that we interact with daily basis are informed greatly (consiously or otherwise) by their affiliation with said religious institutions.

Soft political power, I believe it's called.

ruddski
ruddski

I guess since I pretty much ignored the church for all my life, I don't really care what or who they condemn, even if it was me. Some people take it seriously tho.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

Sponsored is such a strong, direct type of word. I don't think that RCC has overtly sponsored such a play. Let's just go with "promoted a general distaste and proclivity to berate, belittle and condemn" those that don't match up just right with how the "church" thinks the "flock" should behave, sexually speaking.

I grew up in the Catholic church and have quite a few current friends and family members that still belong - I know just  exactly what they think and feel. (I was way to smart to ever offer to be an altar-boy for them, though.)

If you want to go beyond Catholics, I'm sure there are millions upon millions of examples to be had.

ruddski
ruddski

That explains Bill Maher.

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