A public school for middle school and high school students ignored protests and produced a play that mocks the Bible and the Christian faith. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School put on a performance of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a play that portrays characters from the book of Genesis as homosexuals who kiss on stage, features biblical figures in drag, references to bestiality and foul language. The production, carried out by a public school, is just another sign of the blasphemy of the God of the Bible that is becoming normalized and even praised in society today.
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is a play written by Steve Rudnick in 1998. In its story, rather than portraying, Adam and Eve, the first two humans created as recorded in Scripture, there is a homosexual couple named Adam and Steve. As stated in the school’s own description of the show:
“What if Adam’s partner in the Garden of Eden wasn’t Eve, but … Steve? In The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, two First Couples—not only Adam and Steve but also Jane and Mabel—experience life’s joys and perils from the biblical world to the modern day. This satirical comedy by Paul Rudnick (author of I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey) is cheeky, raucously funny, surprisingly tender and ultimately wise as it dissects history, relationships, gay politics and the mystery of faith. A cast of ten will perform the two couples and other roles, including the Pharaoh, a paraplegic lesbian rabbi and a Stage Manager who is, after all, God.” (source).
The school is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, a part of Northampton, which was nicknamed “Lesbianville USA” after the 2000 census showed more lesbians live there per capita than any other town in the United States.
To make a performance that distorts the account of the Bible and purposely seeks to promote what the Bible declares sin is disrespectful and blasphemous to the Christian faith. In an age where “tolerance” is constantly being preached in support of the gay community, there are few calls for tolerance to be shown to the Christian religion which disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle. Instead, direct, open attacks on the Christian faith are applauded and celebrated. In the case of this play, rather than just seeking to entertain, the school was out to make a statement:
In a release, theater department director Mike Arquilla said, “In my opinion, those who find offense with this play will do so because they believe that homosexuality is a sin. At PVPA, we do not believe that to be the case.” (source).
So speaking on behalf of all of the students, the head of the theater department made it clear that this a religious message being sent with the play and there would be no concern for anyone who was offended by this blasphemous display. The school received over 4,000 emails in protest and continued on with the show.
Principal Scott Goldman said cancelling the show was not an option, saying in a statement:
“Allowing this [cancelling the performance] to happen would very much go against the grain of our unique, artistic, and intellectually rigorous PVPA community, and the larger Pioneer Valley community.” (source).
Prophesied Anti-Christian Sentiment
The Bible prophesied that as the end times approached rather than experiencing spiritual revival, the world would fall deeper into sinful lusts and rebellion against God:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; – 2 Timothy 3:1-4.
Many people today have put their own ideas, desires and opinions above the Word of God. And in this, blaspheming the Christian faith is justified as “intellectual debate” or “allowing open communication.” But at its core, this is all sinful disobedience. Many public schools have used the excuse of promoting “free thought” to commit acts that are direct attacks on Christianity. Most recently, as Beginning and End covered, a Florida professor forced students to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper, place it on the ground and then stomp on it. There is nothing “intellectual” in expressing hatred for a religion. There are certainly civil, respectful ways of discussing homosexuality in the Bible or the issue of gay marriage. Plays that make the figures in the Bible gay are not one of them.
It’s also interesting to note the double standard being carried out in public schools today. No school official at Pioneer Valley was worried about “separation of church and state” when it came to making a play that mocked the Bible. But when Christian students attempt to make mention of their faith in a positive light they have been silenced or punished. Consider some of the following examples:
- High School valedictorian Erica Corder was disciplined for saying in her 30 second speech “Jesus loves you much more than you know.” After the speech she was escorted to the principal’s office and told she would not receive a diploma. She was later required to write and email to all of the students and parents in attendance apologizing for her remarks which the principal told Corder were “immature.” In her email she was also required to write: “I realize that, had I asked ahead of time, I would not have been allowed to say what I did” in her apology.” She filed a lawsuit against the school for its actions and portraying her as someone who disobeyed school rules. (source).
- Kyle Geawar, valedictorian of Fair Haven Union High School in Vermont was told by school principals that he was not permitted to say the name of God or Jesus Christ during his graduation speech. “It is a fine line here. Here’s freedom of speech and here’s separation of church and state,” Fair Haven Union High School principal Brett Blanchard said. “The line is generally the difference between proselytizing and personalizing.”Instead Geawar was required to make this school-approved statement: “I have always dreamed of speaking about God in front of my school as the valedictorian,” he said in his speech. “This was the message God gave to me, and I am not allowed to share it with you even though it is my testimony, the most important change my life has ever experienced, and the one thing that I stand for no matter what.” (source).
- The New York Court of Appeals upheld the New York City school district’s decision to ban all Christian nativity displays during Christmas season but permit a Jewish menorah, an Islamic crescent and star as well as Kwanzaa displays during the month of December. Robert Thompson, head of the Thomas Moore Law Center, which opposed the school district in the case called the decision “outrageous” and added: “Many federal courts are using the contrived endorsement test to cleanse America of Christianity. This unprincipled test allows judges to impose their ideological views under the pretext of constitutional interpretation. Thus, the majority opinion says it is legitimate to discriminate against Christians in the largest public school system in the country, with over one million students enrolled in its 1200 public schools and programs.This should be a wake-up call for Christians across this nation.”The dissenting judge in the case, in a 46-page opinion wrote: “It is my view that the policy of the New York City Department of Education to arrange for the children to celebrate the holiday season in schools through the use of displays and activities that include religious symbols of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah and the Muslim commemoration of Ramadan, but starkly exclude any religious symbols of the Christian holiday of Christmas, fails under the [Constitution], both on its face and as applied.”Judge Straub concluded, “I find it clear that the current policy and displays violate the Establishment Clause insofar as a reasonable student observer would perceive a message of endorsement of Judaism and Islam and a reasonable parent observer would perceive a message that Judaism and Islam are favored and that Christianity is disfavored.” (source).
- A cheer leading team at a public High School in Kountze, Texas, had to pursue an injunction in court after being banned from writing Bible verses on their banners they carried before football games. A recent one quoted 1 Corinthians 15:57: “Bu thanks be to God, which gives us victory through out Lord Jesus Christ.”“It’s a student-led expression, and that’s perfectly constitutional, perfectly satisfies all the cases issued by the United States Supreme Court,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said at the news conference. (source).
In all these cases a single mention of Jesus or the writing of a Bible verse brought immediate action on the part of school administrators to silence the display of Christianity. But a theater production all about the Bible is completely permissible, intellectual and promotes good education when its purpose is to mock and distort the Christian faith.
Continue in prayer for the many Christian students in public schools all over America who are under pressure from teachers, administrators and students alike to be silent about their faith. The rising tide against Biblical Christianity is growing exponentially and most Christians will be put in positions of either standing up for Biblical Christian faith or denying God’s Word and compromising with the culture. If you are a born again Christian, pray for your own strength should the time come in your own life. Jesus instructs His disciples to be “wise as serpents but harmless as doves.” Contend for the Christian faith with passion, but also with love and compassion on those who attack it.
Pray for those who seek to mock and attack Christianity that they would repent and understand that while the Bible states clearly that homosexuality is a sin, it also states that every single person ever born was a sinner – except for one person, Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived a perfect life to offer himself as a perfect sacrifice for all people, gay and straight. Why? Because God loves all people, gay, straight or otherwise. And He proved His love by sending Jesus to take the wrath for the sins all people have committed. But it takes faith and belief in Jesus to receive salvation. If a person does not believe they are in sin, then they have no need for a Savior. Society, under sinful deception wants to erase the word sin and tell everyone they are great people who are right in God’s eyes “if God even exists.” Do not be deceived. God is real. And our sins before Him are very real. God knows the hearts, minds and intentions of all people. And rather than remaining in rebellion, it just takes a confession of sin to God and the need for forgiveness that only comes through true faith in Jesus’ work on the cross to be forgiven and receive eternal life.
it’s so sad to hear that schools are doing such deeds. Homosexuals are gaining grounds in the world.
El aine Hawkins says
God will have the final say on this issue. God loves all the people that he created but hate the sin. That is why he senses perfect Son Jesus Christ To die for our sinful nature inspired by satan. The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Be careful that you are not in a group of believers that God will give you up to a reprobate mind. If you are you are in danger of being destroyed by God both your soul and your Body.!!!
you should crack a bible and stop telling the lie that God loves everyone. It is exactly why they feel free to act this way with impunity. God hates all workers of iniquity. They are workers of iniquity and God hates them He hates you to for talking about him falsely – that’s taking his name in vain.
Crack (open) a Bible, you say? Well, let’s do just that, shall we?
Romans 5:8 ESV
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 4:10 ESV
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Matthew 5:43-48 ESV
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Romans 11:32 ESV
For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
And one of my personal favorites:
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
From these verses we can see that God loves us and loved us even before we were saved.
“They are workers of iniquity and God hates them”
Though He loves the world, God hates sin. Now, we must pause and realize that the world is compromised of those who have sinned, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). And yet, God loves us enough to send His only Son to die in our stead, and to provide redemption.
However, though God has expressed His love towards us, because sin is detestable to Him, those who continually engage in sin become a source of abhorrence and hatred for the Lord. That is not to say that His love is not still directed toward these, for Jesus died for all. However, those who continue in sin bring upon themselves the judgment of condemnation.
Among men, generally we either love an individual or hate an individual. With God, He both loves (as seen by the gift of His son for those who are sinners, Romans 5:8) and hates (as seen by his judgement against the wicked). Though He hates those who habitually continue in iniquity, they remain the object of His love, for He calls them to salvation through Jesus Christ.
Sources: The Holy Bible, http://www.lookinguntojesus.net/ata20070415.htm
Love and kindness says
God is Love 🙂
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. 136:26
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:2-5
Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psalm 63:3
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 Jon 4:8
H. G. Thomas says
I am grateful that ALMIGHTY GOD is merciful. It will be interesting to see what happens to these people.
Why not pray for them instead, oh Justice H.G. Thomas?
Mocking the Bible and setting double standards….once again we have liberalism at it’s finest in our country.
A close friend of mine and a colorful thinker once told me….. “Peter I’m sick and tired of liberals trashing our country. Why don’t we just geld them all….wouldn’t that solve the problem?”
If you don’t know gelding is what ranchers do to stallion horses when they take a sharp blade and remove the horse’s testicles. It calms the horses behavior and it prevents undesirables from reproducing.
I can definitely see where on the surface that would be an ideal solution to the liberal problem in America but it won’t work for a couple of reasons.
First of all, it’s illegal to geld people! Trust me…I checked!!!
Secondly, you have to remember the second cause of liberalism is a lack of testosterone. Liberalism is a symptom of diminished manhood so it would do no good to geld liberals because their testicles quit working some time ago!
That’s why liberal men tend to live under the cruel boot-heels of feminists being dragged to gay rights parades and abortion rallies and worrying about global warming and other such unmanly stuff.
But there is hope for liberal men and it’s a liberal repair therapy that I have developed and it theoretically can boost testosterone levels and quite possibly turn liberals into God fearing men.
But liberals who want into this program have to show that they’re serious about improving themselves.
First of all they need to pull down all their Whoopi Goldberg pinups off their walls. Those are proven testosterone killers!!
Secondly, they need to trade their thongs for boxers, flip flops for boots, and their Volkswagen for a pickup truck.
Then the actual therapy can begin and it’s a full year of T-Bone steak, reading the Bible and believing it.
It’s also joining the National Rifle Association, getting involved with a Bible believing church, coming to Beginning and End’s website daily to check for new posts, balancing a check book so liberals can learn that’s it’s impossible to spend you way out of debt and bringing a good dog into the home so they can learn something about loyalty!
Last but not least supporting themselves without any government handouts. This is the best medicine for liberalism. This is great news because in America even liberals now have hope. Why don’t you all get those testicles working again and you too can know the joy of standing for God and country!
And where are your testicles, Peter? Sounds like to me yours were eaten by the dog and you’re complaining because the dog didn’t share. Your rhetoric is one of the many reasons unsaved people make fun of God and the gospel message. Feel better now?
Blair Brown says
1. As an African-American and a Star Trek fan,I am deeply offended by your comments about Whoopi Goldberg, a.) because she does nothing for my testosterone levels,one way or another, b.) To the best of my knowledge,no pin-up exist of Ms. Goldberg anywhere,at least none that don’t feature her without Billy Crystal and the late,great Robin Williams.
2.)I don’t wear flip-flops and I go commando. ‘Nuff said.
3.)If an Aston-Martin is acceptable for James Bond,its good enough for me. A Hellcat Challenger or Charger is also acceptable.
Just because I eat various forms of dead animals and support the Second Amendment-to a point-just because I don’t conform to what you should think an Conservative Evangelical Christian man should be. Indeed,the attributes you list above sounds like someone who would like girl-on-girl porn and doesn’t go to church on Sunday ’cause he’s still nursing the hangover he got Saturday night.
This is precisely the attitude that I resent coming from Christians. That everyone’s cut from the same cloth,doesn’t have minds of their own and must obey one or the other absolutely without question. This blog alone proves beyond all reasonable doubt that not everyone marches in total lockstep to the exact same beat-even Evangelical Christians. And yet,even a casual glance of the comment sections shows otherwise
Hey,it just occurred to me that,by calling for the castration of humans,your buddy is technically a supporter of Eugenics.
THAT’S gotta be an awkweird conversation….
I saw an Easter play at a church once, in fact, several churches do a variation of the Easter story, and usually try and get Pharoah or Pilate dressed in drag. Though it’s meant to be funny, it didn’t dawn on me until now that they were very serious and were poking fun of someone who probably wasn’t even that way in his personality. I know if I was depicted in a play after I’d dead and gone, and history depicted me like that, I’d hope my ancestors who are alive would fight to protect my honor. I see nothing in the article that says Christians in that community, much less the school, stood up for Christ. That, in itself, tells me what kind of supposedly Christian churches are in that area: Shameful and ashamed of Christ.
You make a good point. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our faith. (And I don’t know if the Pharoah/Pilate drag thing was a good idea, kind of a d– move if you ask me)
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Blair Brown says
Blasphemy? No, it is not blasphemy. If God is as vast as that, he is above blasphemy; if He is as little as that, He is beneath it.
– Mark Twain, a Biography