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Tarleton University cancels controversial production that depicts gay Jesus

Tarleton University cancels controversial production that depicts gay Jesus
Promotional still from 1998 New York production.

Tarleton State University has canceled Saturday’s performance of four student-directed plays, including “Corpus Christi,” the controversial production which portrays Jesus as gay.

In a media release (PDF) posted on it’s website Friday night, Tarleton cited an unnamed professor’s decision to cancel the performances “because of safety and security concerns for the students, as well as the need to maintain an orderly academic environment.”

On Wednesday, we reported that Tarleton, located in Stephenville, Texas, was expecting demonstrations Saturday protesting the student production of “Corpus Christi.”

Critics say the Terrence McNally play, which premiered in 1998 in New York, is blasphemous.

John Jordan Otte, the Tarleton student who was directing the production, said he chose it to help gay youths who may be struggling with their faith.

The release indicated there are no plans to reschedule any of the four canceled plays.

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