Tarleton College has become the latest arena in what seems to be an eternal battle waged against Christians every Easter. A theater major is directing portions of ‘Corpus Christi’, a play depicting Christ and the Apostles as homosexuals. This vile and hateful play was written expressly to use freedom of speech and expression as a weapon against Christians. It is another example of how the secular left attempts to pervert the Constitution to their own purposes.
This story has created a storm of criticism, reaching the office of the Lt. Governor of Texas himself. David Dewhurst made his position clear in a statement today:
“Every citizen is entitled to the freedom of speech, but no one should have the right to use government funds or institutions to portray acts that are morally reprehensible to the vast majority of Americans,”
His opinion echoes that of many Americans, hundreds who have flooded Tarleton College with a flood of calls and email. The Citizen was one of the incensed writers. The President of Tarleton, a public college, explained his position in a letter posted on the school’s site and sent to editorial boards of newspapers. And – to his credit – he responded to the Citizen’s email with a copy of this letter attached.
It seems that the original stories were exaggerated. This ‘performance’ is not a sanctioned event open to the public, it is part of a theater class. The scenes performed were chosen by a student. The scenes will be acted before a very limited, private audience, and the college bears no cost for the use of the script. While this remains a vicious, mean-spirited, spiteful, and hateful action, the onus lies on the student who insists on exercising his freedom of speech’ and not the college as a whole. In fact, the Supreme Court has affirmed that this type of student expression is constitutionally protected. The president’s hands are – unfortunately – tied.
He goes so far in his statement as to articulate his position:
My personal reaction is that I see no artistic or redeeming quality in the work. I believe, as many have opined, that it is offensive, crude, and irreverent. It is my sense that there are significant numbers of faculty, staff and students at Tarleton who share my views of the play.
The Citizen has no reason to disbelieve Mr. Dottavio. He made his opinion quite clear.
It is a fact – established since Andres Serrano claimed that a Crucifix in a jar of urine was constitutionally protected artistic ‘speech’ – that anti-Catholic secularists will stop at nothing to inflict harm. Instead of a civil discourse, they disguise their hatred, their evil, their sick and perverse passion to destroy anything critical of their amoral lifestyle as witty, intelligent, scatological intellectualism.
The student responsible for this? He claims that he is a gay Christian seeking to use this play to help others who are ‘struggling with their faith.’ By portraying our Living God as a practicing homosexual performing homosexual acts? I recommend this young Christian try reading the Bible instead of heretical scripts. Try Matthew perhaps?
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew, 16:24-26
Perhaps that might be something for consideration. According to the Magisterium, being homosexual isn’t in and of itself sinful – acting on it is a grievous sin. How does this play reflect this teaching?
What can we do? Not much. Especially seeing how Christians were omitted from the list of those groups protected by the expansion of the ‘hate crimes’ executive order. In fact, being too critical of those responsible for this play could actually lead to being charged with a hate crime. Welcome to Obama’s America – remember, he told us we were no longer ‘a Christian nation.’
So – once again – Christians must endure another assault from those that hate us as we prepare for the most sacred of our Holy Days. Christ instructs us to turn the other cheek, that our kingdom was not in this life but in the next. He even warned us that this would happen: “”If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
Doesn’t mean we have to like it.