Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|ACTION ALERT: In Australia|
|01/16/01 at 15:01:10|
This is from Saleema.
Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE ISLAMIC INFORMATION AND SERVICES NETWORK OF
as-salaam alaikum wa rahmatuallah wa barakatuhu,
As some be aware, the Midsumma Gay & Lesbian Festival is currently hosting a
two week performance of Terrance McNally’s controversial "Corpus Christi"
play http://www.midsumma.org.au/normal_events/cat_events.asp?cat=13#71 in
McNally’s play depicts ‘Isa ibn Maryam (as) as a homosexual, and depicts a
series of gay sex encounters with his companions and disciples. According to
a New York Commission for Social Justice report, the play begins with Maryam
(as) screaming out to her impotent husband (Joseph), "f--- me, f--- me". The
play concludes with the "Jesus" character being crucified, with his
crucifixion being depicted as "hate crime" against "homosexuals".
Paul Vout, the plays producer, says he "feels sorry (sic)" for those who are
upset by his play and mentions that potraying 'Isa as an immoral homosexual
is a "very poignant work". He adds that he doesn't expect any criticism or
protest. The entire interview with Vout, along with footage of his "gay
Jesus" character, can be viewed at:
As Muslims we believe that this play is a direct insult to ‘Isa (as) and his
pure mother, Maryam (as), about whom Allah has said:
"And (remember) when the angels said: "O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allah has
chosen you, purified you (from polytheism and disbelief), and chosen you
above the women of the 'Alamin (Mankind and Jinns) (of her lifetime)."
It is imperative that Muslims strive to stop this evil, slanderous attack on
our beloved Prophet, 'Isa (as). A clear message must be sent to all those
involved with this production, that Jesus is a Prophet of Islam, and they
have insulted the world’s one billion Muslims. Maybe Allah will hold us to
account for what we did or did not do, when His beloved prophet and
messenger, ‘Isa ibn Maryam (as), was reviled and insulted before us.
Updates on this issue will be posted to the IISNA web page:
IISNA calls on Muslims to do to the following:
1. Contact Paul Vout, the plays producer, and demand in the strongest
possible terms that he desist from running his play, and that he make a
public apology to the Muslim community.
Vout’s mobile phone number is: 0418 514 766
2. The Midsumma Festival is currently being sponsored by, amongst others,
Telstra, Ford, Qantas, Moreland City Council, City of Melbourne, Stonnington
City Council, and Bob Jane T Marts. Please refer to
http://www.midsumma.org.au/sponsors/ for the complete listing.
We urge Muslims to contact these companies and demand that they withdraw
their sponsorship of this festival and publically distance themselves from
this blasphemous attack on the sanctity of Islam, its Prophets, and its one
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3. The play is being shown at the Athenaeum Theatre each night at 8:00pm,
from 16th January to 4th February. We ask Muslims to contact them and demand
that the play not be allowed to be shown. Their contact details are:
188 Collins Street
Tel: (03) 9650 3504
I am writing in regards to the Midsumma Gay & Lesbian Festival, which is
currently sponsored by your organisation. As you may be aware, this festival
is currently running the controversial play, "Corpus Christi". This play
depicts Jesus as a being a homosexual who engages in promiscuous gay sex
with his followers. As a Muslim, whilst we don't believe Jesus was God or
the Son of God, we believe that Jesus was a Prophet and a Messenger of God,
and that he was sent with the same universal message of monotheism that our
own Prophet, Muhammad came with. As such, it is totally unacceptable for
Jesus to be depicted as a homosexual, given that both Islam and Christianity
consider homosexuality to amongst the major sins.
As such, we are writing to demand that you withdraw all support for this
festival and make a public statement distancing yourselves from the content
of this play. As an organisation that cares about its image and its
relations with the community, I am confident that such a statement will be
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