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Fact-checking pastors' claims about “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told”

by William Crum Modified: December 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013

The Oklahoma Arts Council declined an application to fund “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” in a Sept. 17 letter to the Oklahoma City Theatre Company. Executive Director Amber Sharples said state law forbids the Arts Council from supporting productions that include simulated sex acts. Gov. Mary Fallin's office said in a letter “no state tax dollars have been allotted to support this production.”

Pastors: “If someone wishes to promote something that is this overtly offensive, why is it being housed in a public facility?”

Oklahoma City responded with a letter from Jim Brown, the Civic Center's facilities manager. “Quite often there is some confusion between the responsibilities of the Civic Center Music Hall and the groups who conduct performances here. ... The city of Oklahoma City and the Civic Center Music Hall are required by law to rent space to individuals and organizations so long as they comply with our policies and ordinances and have paid the established rental fees.”

William Crum, Staff Writer

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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