An Atlanta, Ga., theater defended itself Tuesday after facing criticism for portraying biblical characters as gay in a new play.
“The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” follows biblical characters portrayed as gay through the Old Testament, reports The Huffington Post. The original biblical couple Adam and Eve is portrayed as a gay couple, Adam and Steve, and a lesbian couple, Jane and Mabel.
The theater company’s artistic director was forced to defend the play after a Catholic group demanded they cancel the production.
“To put it bluntly, our creative expression is under attack. … They hate the LGBTQIA community, they believe we are freaks and that we are going to hell. I have three words for them; ‘You are wrong.’ We are not freaks. We are not awful. We are not going to hell because of this show,’ Paul Conroy, the Out Front Theatre Company’s Artistic Director wrote on Facebook.
Catholic group America Needs Fatima deemed the play “blasphemous” and launched a petition urging the theater to stop the play.
“The Holy Mother of God is most pure and holy. To refer to her as a lesbian, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy, which I reject with all my soul. I fear God’s wrath will fall upon us if reparation is not made,” the petition reads, reaching over 40,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.
Conroy asked people to combat the Catholic group’s opposition by buying a ticket or making a donation.
“All I ask from each of you now is the one thing I know you already give us – your support. If you haven’t purchased a ticket to The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told yet, please do so soon (and bring a friend.),” he wrote.
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