Gay Jesus Sees Backlash & Bomb Threats


A Christian group has branded a new documentary film about a play that depicts Jesus as a gay man as “blasphemous” and wants producers to apologize to God, while the film makers say they’ve also been the target of hate mail and even bomb threats.

Reports the San Francisco Examiner:

America Needs Fatima, a Pennsylvania-based group focused on activism and observing apparitions of the Virgin Mary, thinks differently. According to its website, the group has gathered more than 13,500 signatures on a form petition that decries the filmmakers for promoting a “blasphemous homosexual play” and demands a “public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God-fearing Americans.”

The group, which did not return requests for comment, appears to take particular issue with the Jesus character in the play “reportedly” having “sexual relations” with his apostles.

As noted above, the documentary in question, “Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption,” offers an insight into the back-stage action as actors and promoters put on Terrence McNally’s 1998 play “Corpus Christi” that depicts Jesus and the Apostles as gay men living in Texas.

The play itself met with a warm critical reception upon release, however it faced a fierce campaign from religious groups and to this day any staging of the play remains controversial. McNally himself was also the subject of death threats.

What is especially interesting about this case however is that the Pennsylvania group is objecting not only to the play but also a film about the play when there is a very clear and objective argument to be made for the artistic merits of examining how the actors and producers feel about putting on this admittedly controversial but critically acclaimed piece of theatre.

Quite apart from the Pennsylvania group’s protest, the film production team has also said it has faced death threats, threats on YouTube, hate mail and the director’s mother has reportedly been harassed.

California lawmaker Mark Leno, comparing such acts to Muslim extremism, said that he agreed that there was a First Amendment right to protest the film but he said that threatening behavior went beyond the scope of freedom of speech, adding: “This is an unfortunate aspect of religion, and I say that as a person of faith.”

You could perhaps be forgiven for feeling that NBC was rather sticking the boot in on this when it ended its report with:

If this riles them, they’d best stay away from Dolores Park on Easter Sunday. Every year a “Hunky Jesus” contest is held.

Regardless of the protests and threats, producers and venue owners have said the film screening will go ahead.


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Huber F.
Huber F5 years ago

Why do you end your triumph for the masses?

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Always amazes me that the xtians calls it the religion of love and that their imaginary friend is the god of love. But every time they get peed off they talk about the fear of god. So, how you gonna play it? Loving god or fearing? Make your feeble minds up!

Christine Stewart

I don't have a problem with the implication that Jesus could have been gay, but I can understand the furor over the implication of sex with the apostles!

Ben B.
Ben Brabson5 years ago

er.. I'd like to think someone in this world has sense anymore.. seriously though, I would assume filmmakers would try to avoid a subject as touchy as jesus...but if you actually study the bible, you'll find that no one save his devoted followers liked him. at all. that's the real reason why he got crucified. but I'm becoming hypocritical now. goodbye.

Dennis Deal
Past Member 5 years ago

All this over some one that no one can prove to have lived at all. Sorry your collection of bnooks are great as books of Faith, but not as independent historical documents.


The Muslim willing to kill any one that so much as thinks about even drawing a picture of their great prophet. Christians equally well willing to threaten any one that would say their messiah might be gay.

Personally, for all any of us knows neither man really gave a d*mn about these issues at the end of the day. All is known for certain is that their followers are more than willing to threaten death.

Now that is insane.

monica r.
monica r5 years ago

Mari G,

"one thing i really respect about muslims is the practice of remembering "only god is perfect" by purposely putting a mistake into whatever they create."

Only the "perfect" god Muslims pray to says gays should be killed. Mohammed left no room for doubt on that score. The various sects only disagree about the best way to do so. Some that have been used are burn them, hang them, and throw them from high places.

Conversely, the Bible, if you look at original language and usage of the time, is lately translated to ay "homosexuality" when the original words refer to something else entirely, which was temple prostitution, and no doubt is an abomination due to being idolatry and thus breaking the 1st commandment. Jesus never said anything against gays, in spite of the topic coming up in several situations. In other words, if He had anything against homosexuality, He had plenty of opportunities to say so, but He did not.

paul grabenstein
paul grabenstein5 years ago

Ron G. has a right to expound upon his beliefs here. I do commend him for his denunciation of violence. I am an atheist but the teachings attributed to Jesus are ethical, as all religions strive to be. If someone needs religion to establish a personal ethos that is fine. In the end we are all responsible for how we affect other people, live and let live - no harm, no foul.

monica r.
monica r5 years ago

I'm not sure Jesus was gay at all, but since He spent His time with people who tended to be ostracized by the "holier-than-thou" types, no doubt He'd at least be hanging out with some gay people anyway, if He was here now. They are made in G-d's image as are we all, and equally loved by G-d as His precious children (and who are we to treat them as less than their birthright?). And also, Jesus said "some are eunuchs from birth" so He KNEW they were made that way, not some kind of sin anymore than being born with a different skin color is a sin.

Can you picture judgement day?
"But Lord," they cry, "when did we reject You? When did we hate You in our hearts while saying with our lips we hate Your sin but love You? When did we call You an abomination? When did we treat You as a pariah and a threat? We do love You Lord, we never treated You that way!"

And He'll say (yet again) "Whatever you did to even the least of these, my brothers, that you also did to me."

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

ron, sometimes in life, you can sucessfully point out every reason why a person's belief is an opinion, not fact, and even why they are wrong, and if you are arguing with a fool they will just restate their opinions as a sorry attempt to prove you wrong, at that time you should wash your hands of the situation and move on. it is not worth the frustration to deal with fools. i am in that situation now with you. i have proven you wrong on every level but you still stick to it with blindness. if you ever get a chance to experience your mind slight open, i suggest you watch "for the bible tells me so", but you wont, you are a closed minded fool.

catt r, one thing i really respect about muslims is the practice of remembering "only god is perfect" by purposely putting a mistake into whatever they create.

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

... and gay Jesus cried!