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Pro-family protesters stand tall against vile gay-themed anti-Bible school play

Undeterred by counter-protest by homosexual activists

POSTED: March 19, 2013

Pro-family citizens made a loud and clear statement in Northampton, Mass. this weekend where performances of a hateful school play mocking the Bible and religion with blatant homosexual themes were taking place. The protests made the TV news on two stations and the local newspapers. As MassResistance reported last week. the play is so outrageous that news of the performance had attracted national attention.

This was not a laid-back protest at all!

It was put on by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) in South Hadley. The play is billed as a "comedy" but is described by many as "blasphemous and hateful." The play retells stories from the Bible using homosexual characters in a pornographic and mocking fashion. See more here.

Poster of the play outside the theater describes it as:

"A gay-positive satirical comedy, following Adam and Steve, Jane and Mabel, from biblical times into today. Cheeky, raucously funny, suprisingly tender and ultimately wise as it dissects history, relationships, gay politics and the mystery of truth."

VIDEO: Scene from play.
Someone posted this video from a rehersal
featuring "Adam and Steve". Caution - pretty disturbing.

"We had to be there. We had to have a presence"

Pro-family citizens stood outside all three performances -- Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon -- of "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told", at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

Local groups that got involved included the Pioneer Valley Tea Party, the Holyoke-based Faith In Action Team (FIAT), and 9/12 groups. "It was something we had to do," said Mike Franco of Holyoke. "We had to be there. We had to have a presence."

Homosexual activists came to counter-protest

The pro-family protests attracted counter-protests by local homosexual activists supporting the anti-Christian play, apparently from the MassResistance postings calling for action and other on-line communications.

Although the homosexual counter-protesters had come to intimidate and harass the pro-family people, as a group they were generally taken aback by the force of outrage against the play. Homosexual activists are often the vicious aggressors, but this time they mostly stood there and did their (rather tired and boring) 60's songs and chants, occasionally singing loudly and banging drums -- in their typical pseudo-civil rights style. But collectively they were much less hostile than normal.

Lesbian activists counter-protesting.

However, their hate for religion, the Bible, and Christianity in particular was unmistakable. And despite the muted nature of their counter-protest, a few could not hold back. "They were there to stick a finger in our eyes," Mike Franco told us, and a few came and got in people's faces. He said that one of them approached a pro-family man with a cap on and berated him for being a "hypocrite" if the cap had two kinds of materials in it -- an ignorant reference to passages in Leviticus and Deuteronomy often quoted by homosexual activists.

Supporting the play. With a little transgender activism added: Person on left is a man dressed as a woman.

They were really keying in on Jesus, Mike added. Their message is "Jesus loves everybody, so everybody can do whatever they want -- as long as they love one another." If you disagree, you're guilty of "homophobia."

Subdued reaction from patrons

The biggest protests were at the Saturday night performance, the only performance that appeared to sell out. It was also the most convenient for the pro-family people to be at. There were about 30 pro-family protesters and a lesser number of counter-protesters.

"Patrons" waiting to get inside looking back at the protesters.

The attendees of the play obviously approved of its message and did not support the protesters. Although not overtly hostile, a few said "thanks for making the play so popular." But the downtown passers-by were more positive, often giving the protesters a "thumbs-up."

Not backing down. A patron engages one of the protesters, who stands her ground.

Since school officials had claimed that the outrage against the play was mostly coming from out of state, it probably surprised people to see such a scene right there.

VIDEOS: TV News reports of protest. It definitely got their attention.

ABC Channel 40:

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Chanel 22, Springfield:

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Also see local newspaper coverage:

Springfield Republican: "Biblical satire prompts demonstrations in Northampton"

Why this was so important

The point of producing this horrific play, particularly with impressionable students using tax dollars, is to demean, humiliate, and cause pain to religious believers as publicly as possible -- and to make them cower in fear. That mentality is quite similar to the Jim Crow segregationists (despite the absurd phony claims about being "civil rights activists" we keep hearing) -- and, yes, to the initial Nazi Party oppressions of the Jews in the early 1930s, as well as other totalitarian occasions in history. Our own interactions with these people over the years have certainly confirmed that they are unfeeling and ruthless. There's something unworldly when you deal with them.

This is their attitude toward all of us.

Conversely, if anyone does anything publicly (or even privately) that's construed to be "anti-gay," the wrath that comes down is always completely out of proportion to the alleged "crime." On our side, people have lost their jobs over something they wrote somewhere in their spare time. Were there to be a strongly "anti-gay" play performed, one could imagine it being an international incident!

As we've observed before, it is often hard for the average person to come to grips with the minds of people who would do all this, and the patrons who support it. So too many good people just cower and do nothing.

That's why this is so important that public protests like this take place. We need a lot more. When we stop doing that, it's all over. It was a very important that people not be afraid, and speak out as loudly as possible. From that standpoint, this was a success. The officials at that school got thousands of emails and a lot of phone calls. The community saw the reaction, too.