Pastors in Oklahoma City are banding together to protest a local production that depicts several biblical figures as homosexuals.
The production, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, is going to take place at the Civic Center Music Hall and is being put on by the OKC Theater Company.
So far the venue, which seats less than 100 people, is said to be sold out with additional performances being considered. However, local religious leaders are asking city leaders to halt production of the play as it is offensive to Christians and has highly sexualized content considered not fit for a public venue.
"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.
Other pastors in the area have also come together to protest the production, which depicts God creating Adam and Steve, as well as Jane and Mabel, as the first humans. There are also several graphic sex scenes depicted during the play.
Kern and the group of pastors also said that while the play is sexually explicit 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,'" according to a letter written by the group addressed to the city. "In addition, the writer calls Eden a 'myth' and says the Bible is 'absurd.'"
The call to have the play canceled was due to the questionable and offensive material being displayed on city property which the group says is unacceptable.
"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."
Civic Center Music Hall manager Jim Brown insisted he nor the city have the legal standing to cancel the performance and stated the group of 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," Brown wrote. "If citizens disagree with specific performances, the most effective course of action is to contact the show promoter and voice your concerns."
The pastors are set to protest during the productions opening night on December 6th.