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Published On: Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013

Gay twist on the Biblical play, ‘The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told’ sparks protest by Oklahoma pastors

A number of pastors in Oklahoma City are expected to protest a play that puts a homosexual twist on the Bible, which includes gay characters and sexual acts.

 Adam and Steve in a promotional photo for the Oklahoma City Theatre Company's production of "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told." Photo via the Oklahoma City Theatre Company Facebook page

Adam and Steve in a promotional photo for the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.” Photo via the Oklahoma City Theatre Company Facebook page

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is being presented in the city by the OKC Theater Company, which depicts God creating Adam and Steve, as well as lesbians Jane and Mabel, as the first humans.

“We feel like we have a responsibility to speak out and say, ‘This is wrong,’” Steve Kern of Olivet Baptist Church told local television station NEWS 9.

Kern and dozens of area pastors wrote a letter to the city, asking that The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told be prohibited from being performed on city property.

“In addition to a ‘fair amount of cursing’ (N.Y. Times review), this [production] calls for full frontal nudity, men simulating anal sex on stage, men simulating oral sex on stage and the promotion of bestiality,” the letter lamented. “But instead of this kind of gross pornography being shown in a XXX theater, it is supported by public dollars and hosted in a municipal facility.”

The pastors said that not only is the play sexually explicit, but it is also “openly offensive to Christians.”

 “The playwright intentionally mocks and provokes Christians as it ‘retells the Bible from a flamboyantly gay perspective, beginning with the Adam and Steve in the Garden of Eden,’” the men wrote. “In addition, the writer calls Eden a ‘myth’ and says the Bible is ‘absurd.’”

Facility manager Jim Brown said that the city does not have the legal right to deny the performance and suggested that the pastors contact the production company instead.

“Since the Civic Center is a city-owned facility, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution does not allow us to turn away productions based on their content,” he wrote. “If citizens disagree with specific performances, the most effective course of action is to contact the show promoter and voice your concerns.”

The production company told reporters that it has no plans to cancel the show as it does not want to “disappoint” those who have purchased tickets.

The pastors plan to protest the event during its opening night on December 6th.

 

 

 

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