The Manhattan Theatre Company (MTC) of New York, a recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has decided to produce a play depicting Christ as a homosexual who has sexual relations with his twelve disciples. According to published reports, the play, Corpus Christi, portrays the life of a Jesus who is crucified as the “King of Queers.”
Terrence McNally, the play’s creator and a board member of the MTC, makes no effort to conceal his contempt for Christians by ending his draft with, “If we have offended, so be it. He belongs to us as well as to you.”
The MTC, one of New York City’s premier theater companies, was awarded $80,000 of taxpayers’ money by the NEA for the 1997-98 fiscal year. The money was to be used specifically for the creation of new and innovative plays.
Courting with Sin
Lesbian Custody Battle
Two lesbian women are fighting for custody of the children one conceived and the other helped to raise for a year when they were still a couple. Both claim parental rights.
According to a June 24 AP report, the biological mother of the children is being sued by her ex-partner for joint custody. A superior court judge had already awarded visitation rights to the ex-partner.
The non-maternal lesbian, called “Meema” by the boy and girl, claimed, “she did everything a parent would for a child and planned to adopt the twins when they got older.” The children called the biological mother “Mommy.”
Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco, said a ruling for the non-maternal lesbian would be historic, for it would be, “one of the first in the country to give custodial rights to a former partner of a lesbian mother.”
Judge Rules Against Military Policy
A California state judge ruled in June in favor of an officer who claimed he was improperly discharged from the California National Guard because he is gay.
According to published reports, Superior Court Judge David A. Garcia claimed that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and violates the state’s constitution.
Day of Prayer
This year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has been set for November 15. Christians in over 115 countries are expected to participate, including 60,000 churches in the U.S. alone. An IDOP Resource Kit is available from Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The price is $15 and can be ordered by calling 1-888-538-7772.