Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, March 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 39 Comments
Recently, folks in Stephenville, Texas were outraged about a student production at the drama department of the local university:
A college student’s production of a play in which Jesus is portrayed as the “King of Queers” has outraged residents in a Texas town that fancies itself the Cowboy Capital of the World.
Just in time for Easter, Tarleton State University is playing host to a student performance of Terrence McNally’s 1998 play, “Corpus Christi,” which depicts a gay Jesus performing a same-sex wedding for two of his apostles.
And though Jesus washed the feet of his disciples in the traditional biblical narrative, his character (called Joshua) in the play shows Judas the full extent of his love, kissing the son of perdition at Pontius Pilate High School’s senior prom.
The play presents a modern-day version of Jesus’ life and death in 1960s Corpus Christi, Texas, with a few controversial updates. The apostles are all gay, Joseph is an alcoholic wife-beater, and Mary gives birth alongside a chorus of moaning men.
The fact that a college drama department got its blasphemy freak on is not news; this kind of thing happens all the time. What’s interesting, and by “interesting,” I mean so mind-blowingly stupid that it’s actually kind of impressive, is the justification the kid director gave for putting this crap on. Swallow anything you might be drinking and move liquids away from your computer before you proceed.
The production is a class project for student-director John Jordan Otte, who said in a written statement that he chose the play to “bring people together” and help gain acceptance for gay Christians, who he said often feel alienated from their churches.
“It is being said often that this play is a direct attack on Christians — their faith and their deity. It simply is not true,” wrote Otte, 26, who said he is a devout Christian.
“I am not attacking anyone in choosing this play. I want people to see and understand another side to faith. I want us all to know that unconditional love means just that — unconditional — and I believe tolerance is a key message in this play. None of us, not one of us, should ever feel alone or separated from God or whomever we believe in.
Yup. Nothing brings people together quite as effectively as presenting the most important Person in the history of the world in the worst possible light. Nothing I can think of promotes “tolerance” and the “acceptance of gay Christians” better than presenting pedal-to-the-metal blasphemy as “another side of faith.”
And no, I don’t know if this “devout Christian” Otte is an Episcopalian or not.
Big ups to Kevin.