ATLANTA (ChurchMilitant.com) - Members of Church Militant's Resistance in Atlanta, Georgia, gathered on May 13 to protest The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told — a blasphemous play that reads Scripture through a homosexual lens.
Written in 1998 by Paul Rudnick, a homosexual, the play re-imagines the creation of man in the Garden of Eden, portraying that God created "Adam and Steve," a homosexual pair, along with Jane and Mabel, a same-sex female couple. It also makes references to bestiality and allegedly portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary as a lesbian.
The play had been performed in several theaters across the United States since 1998 and has been greeted with protests at nearly every location. The organization, America Needs Fatima, brought attention to the production on April 27–May 14 at the Out Front Theatre in Atlanta.
The theater's mission statement describes its purpose as "to tell stories of the LGBTQIA experience and community, through theatre and the performing arts."
Atlanta Church Militant Resistance member James Dirr organized a prayer protest in front of the theater with five others. He told Church Militant the prayers were for the conversion of Rudnick, the actors and theatre staff and were offered "to ask the Blessed Virgin Mother to pray for forgiveness, for them and all those, both inside and outside the Church, who by their actions or silence have allowed the acceptance of this play and the intrinsic evils it celebrates and glorified."
Dirr was joined by Fr. Kevin Peek, a prison and Army chaplain for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and four others. They attended Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and walked 2.5 miles to the theater. They recited the prayer to St. Michael and prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary near the theater. The group did not carry signs, Dirr adding that "this is only to be a prayer vigil."
"If we are engaged by any individuals, we need to be polite and respectful," Dirr said, "and if they are insulting or abusive, remember that Our Blessed Lord stood silently during his Passion for our sins, so we can endure a few insults."