Catholics Protest Gay Jesus Documentary at Castro Theatre

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Wait. Didn't Jesus and Judas kiss?

If the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's Hunky Jesus Contest on Easter just wasn't enough to piss-off the Catholics, next Sunday's world premiere of the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption at the Castro Theatre probably will.

The film follows 108 Productions' revival of Terrence Mcnally's play Corpus Christi, a retelling of the story of Jesus with the messiah depicted as a gay man in 1950s Texas. Since the play's New York debut in 1998, it has garnered much protest and controversy.

And for those of you homophobes who are too lazy to leave the house to protest the film, a Catholic group, America Needs Fatima, has made it easy for you. Go to this website, and you will find a form letter protesting the "blasphemous homosexual play." Just type in your own name and hit send, as some 13,000 people so far have done. 

Here's what the letter states:

I strongly protest against the showing of the blasphemous play Corpus Christi,which includes a Christ-like figure who reportedly has sexual relations with his apostles, and of the movie which promotes it, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption. The Person of Jesus Christ is Sacred and untouchable. To portray Him as a homosexual, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy which I reject with all my soul.

But the play's proponents explain how this gay Jesus play is rather timely, considering the LGBT bullying issues nationwide.

"Our tour aims to change the story on religious bullying and homophobia in all ages and walks of life, by teaching our audiences to love themselves for who they are," James Brandon, 108 Productions co-founder and an actor in the play, said in statement. "As the voices of intolerance around the world continue preaching ignorance and hate, we will keep raising our voices from a place of love -- and as our tour continues, we will spread that love to places where love for LGBT people is lacking."

As part of the premiere, there will be a meet-and-greet with the cast and a choral performance from members of the Church of Uncommon Hope. The play is appearing three times in San Francisco: on Saturday, April 28, at the Fort Mason Center; and Sunday, April 29, and Monday, April 30, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.

The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York removed the play from its fall schedule following its 1998 debut after receiving anonymous bomb threats and alleged death threats against McNally. The play was resinstated after pressure from New York's artistic community; its opening day attracted around 2,000 protestors waving signs outside of the theater.

Critics have bombarded producers with e-mails, attacking 108 Productions cast and crew  -- and even the director's mother in Iowa. They've also flooded the Internet with negative comments.

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Tourettes Rex
Tourettes Rex

 The San Pedro Playhouse:

I protest against the production of the play Corpus Christi, which includes a Christ-like figure who reportedly has relations with his apostles. He may have lusted after Mary Magdalene and even had relations with her. However, we all know that this does not count as a sin because she was just a whore. I have never seen this play. However, I did read a short article about it on the internet and that is good enough for me. I fully intend to get very upset about this outrage. I don't see how informing myself any further will change the fact that it is unacceptable for anyone else to see the world in the righteous way that I believe it should be!

The Person of Jesus Christ is Sacred and untouchable. He was a child of God as we all are. He was a man like any other who breathed the same air, walked on the same earth and loved his fellow man. History shows that Jesus was an Anglo-Saxon light haired hetero-sexual.  Gay people were not even invented when Jesus was alive. Gay people are a result of hippies and drugs in the 1960's. To portray Him as a homosexual is an unspeakable blasphemy which I reject with all my soul.

I ask you to immediately cancel this production and to offer a public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God fearing Americans. Remember Jesus loves you... just not like that.

Sincerely,

RSVP1056
RSVP1056

"To portray Him as a homosexual, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy which I reject with all my soul."

You are allowed by the Constitution of the United States to say that vocally, in print, or in your "Church." BUT, others are allowed to disagree by the same rights, by the same document. And as all hot-'n'-bothered as you get, you cannot stop people from expressing their opinions, just as I cannot stop you from expressing yours. I may not agree, but you have that right. NOW, as to other aspects of your hate-filled diatribe, you forget:1) Jesus was a Jew, plain and simple. Otherwise why would he have observed the Passover Seder;2) The gospels were not written by Jesus, but by followers as late as 100 years after his last days: It's like playing the kids game Telephone where a sentence is said by one child at one end of the line and whispered into the ear of the person next to him/her, over and over and over, until the 1st sentence is so garbled it bares o resemblance to the original;3) No One - I repeat - NO ONE is alive today to prove exactly WHAT Jesus said, and the farther away from his life his 'supposed' words were spoken, however comforting they may be, they were convoluted by the opinions of those who wrote them (especially egregiously were those by Paul {or Saul, as he was a Jew as well}) and they were NOT CHRISTIANS.and lastly, 4) If indeed you are as you profess, a Christian, then you are going to have alot of explaining to do when you die and go to heaven, assuming that's where you will go, since you - at least here - do not profess what you ought to be preaching: the gifts of love, tolerance, peace.

BOB
BOB

HELLO, DUMB QUEERS STILL THINKING YOU NEED TO ATTEND CATHOLIC CHURCH SERVICES, EVEN THOUGH THE BISHOPS HATE YOU-----

Could you at least not put money into the plate, but leave a note why not?  THANKS

Aeryn Stark
Aeryn Stark

 could you not leave your verbal spunk on the internet? You my friend are as worthless as a poorly prepared bowl of butt gumbo.

currenti
currenti

Religious freedom works both ways.

Tony
Tony

If only the Catholic Church was a moral organization to begin with!   Instead, they degrade women (and their rights), campaign worldwide against the gay community, and seek to reduce job benefits that they've chosen to be wrong (without rational thought or fairness).

The Catholic Church has chosen to embarrass itself again.....  poor thing....

Federale
Federale

And no deaths reported.  Hhhmmmm.  I wonder why?  I mean if the movie were about Mohammed...  Oh, the Castro Theater would not do THAT.  Only certain religious groups are to be ridiculed.  Especially not that religious group that routinely executes homosexuals.

Michael J. Allen
Michael J. Allen

If Christ had a sexual orientation it was probably homosexual. The Gospel of John gives a strong indication He was in love with John. There is absolutely no indication He was involved with a woman.

Curiouskas
Curiouskas

If Jesus was neither Catholic (because such a faith didn't even exist at the time of this figure's supposed existence in history) nor confirmed married or having any children in the Bible (which would have been considered very unusual for the time period as well), why can't one suggest that this figure was in fact a gay person who was persecuted by the heterogenous leadership of the Orthodox Jewish faith who felt threatened by the preaching of love, tolerance, peace and equality?  How is that blasphemous?  It's frightening how ill-informed most Christians even are about the origins of Jesus, and that actually neither Jesus nor Christ were this figure in history's actual names.  These terms were applied much later when the gospels were being written, and the idea of Christianity was even being debated and adopted as it spread across the Middle East and in to Europe.

A Fucking Pirate
A Fucking Pirate

JESUS said be fruitful that may sound gay but on the other hand he said be fruitful and multiply and everybody knows you gotta have a male cock and a female pussy get together to have sex in order to multiply even way back then 2000 years ago before artificial insemination. gay ass fucking does not make a male person pregnant so they can not multiply.  be fruitful and multiply means males and females need to have plenty of  fucking same as animals in nature in order to keep the human race growing and going. male and female sex = life = population. male on male sex = the death of the human race.  all gay males and females came from hetero sexual parents who got together and had male female sex so see its natural. gay sex is not natural.  Jesus was a old school natural type hippie cat.

Aeryn Stark
Aeryn Stark

 hmmm.....a male cock? a female pussy? I wasnt aware the differences.......I Have yet to meet a female cock. are you sir, a male pussy?

Nurse Rachet
Nurse Rachet

how cum Catholics dont protest child molesting catholic priests?  chomos? kiddy diddlers?

Nurse Rachet
Nurse Rachet

most catholic priest are gay so whats the big deal?

Freshness
Freshness

If the lavender crowd is so strong willed, why don't they have a faggot Muhammed contest?  Because the muzzies would kill them all, that's why so they stick with a soft target, Catholics.  Who by the way do more for AIDS patients that ACTUP ever did.

Jnormile
Jnormile

Catholics are NOT soft targets....The whole love the sinner, not the sin thing is ridiculous.Who are we to decide what sin is?....give up your mixed textiles, wear a yarmulke, never eat a pork chop or a shrimp and never disrespect your parents.You can't pick and choose abominations.  

Ed W
Ed W

I am gay and agree.  Say what you want about the Catholics, the status of gay rights in Catholic-dominated countries including Ireland, most of the other European countries, and Latin America is a century ahead of the Muslim countries. 

MissSFH
MissSFH

Yeah Catholics do more for AIDS - they cause more people to die from it.  The pope condemns the use of condoms - and has spoken forcefully on the subject in Africa.  Every African who listens to the pope and doesn't use a condom during sex is a victim of Catholic teaching - and most of them will actually perish from it.  How dare you say Catholics "help" people with AIDS when they're directly implicated in its spread.

Freshness
Freshness

 I dare, dear, I do dare.  Fucking without a condom in Africa is less of a cause of AIDS than the barebacking and bugchasing that go on in SF every weekend.  When was the last time YOU stood up and told these irresponsible tweakergays to stop spreading their virus via unsafe sex?  Thought not, your too busy bashing Catholics who once again have doen more for AIDS patients than you ever have.

Curiouskas
Curiouskas

Wow, Freshness, are you ignorant and ill informed.  The rate of AIDS spreading in cities like San Francisco is actually going down at a tremendous pace, and people who do have the disease are living longer and having even more productive lives.  Also, in terms of percentages, the actually number of gay men in San Francisco who have AIDS as compared to those who don't is about 11%. . .so almost 90% of gay men in San Francisco do not have any AIDS-like disease of any kind (and this is notably less than the venereal diseases carried by heterosexual men such a gonorrhea, hepatitis, and syphilis, in case you're interested).  The rate of infection for AIDS is actually much higher and greater for African-American women in the United States than for any other demographic.  These statistics are all available for verification at the Center for Disease Control website, so feel free to have at it if you don't believe me.

abqdan
abqdan

So the bomb threats made against the venues for this play were non-violent threats? The threats of murder against individuals? Just like the murders of Doctors who carry out licensed surgeries? Christians are capable of far greater hatred and acts of aggression than most Muslims. The number of Islamic terrorists pales in comparison to the insane zealots in the pedophilic Catholic Cult.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

I dunno, because we don't live in the Middle East?  If they want poke fun at Muslims, San Francisco wouldn't be the place to do it from.

Nurse Rachet
Nurse Rachet

 poking is a favorite pastime in Friscos gay community.

Ben
Ben

No point in having any civilized discussion about this whatsoever.  The religious zealots sitting at the opposite side of the table are brain dead and don't have the capability to really discuss anything.

Let's all just be extra vocal about how great of a performance this is and giggle more to ourselves when the religious turds get more flustered about this, and other, silly oddities.

Norman
Norman

Jesus, if he was a real man at all, was most likely gay. Cellibate and hanging with men at age 34? No one did that back then. Nothing wrong with being gay-if there was, God would not have made millions and millions of them every year

Nurse Rachet
Nurse Rachet

 real men are not gay. Jesus was a real man thats how you know he was not gay and he loves females just like most real men do. there is nothing better that sticking a long hard cock into a wet moist tight pussy and fucking it all night long. this is what real men do and prefer. why would a man want to stick his cock in another mans dirty sour smelly hairy asshole where shit comes out?

Aetherine
Aetherine

I can only assume by that last statement, that you consider blowjobs just as terrible.

I mean, look at all the shit coming out of /your/ mouth?

Nurse Rachet
Nurse Rachet

 his best pal in life was Mary Magdalene a harlot and a female. he had 3 wives.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

I'm offended the Catholics are so sure Jesus was straight. What proof do they have?

afeed10
afeed10

Were you born yesterday?  Da Vinci Code got much more widespread Catholic criticism for portraying Jesus in a straight relationship.  And when Last Temptation came out portraying Jesus in a marriage with Mary Magdaline it was banned in several countries, and Paris' St Michel Theatre was burned for showing it.  Was this author charging Catholics with heterophobia then, or does the author want a double standard where only straight relationships involving Jesus can be protested?

Nurse Rachet
Nurse Rachet

  He had 3 wives i know that much. Mary Magdalene was one of them and she was a harlot. i love sluts to.

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