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Preachers plan prayer vigil protest in downtown Oklahoma City over play

The Rev. Steve Kern, senior pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, said he has obtained a permit to host a prayer vigil Dec. 6 outside the Civic Center Music Hall as a peaceful protest against the homosexuality-themed production “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”
by Carla Hinton Modified: November 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013
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“So we find this all very interesting. We've never been protested to this extent,” she said.

Irick said people's concerns about the play seem to stem from the fact that it features homosexual characters.

“I have heard in the press that some people think the play is an attack on the Bible. To the contrary, the play is an attack on the anti-LGBT agenda (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) which is that God didn't create homosexuals, that they weren't born this way,” Irick said.

She said the play is essentially a love story and not about sex at all.

“I think we're being targeted because we're showing two men in love with each other on stage and two women in love with each other on stage. The play presents the idea that God created homosexuals and this is offensive to some people who don't believe that,” Irick said.

Irick said a major theme of the play is the search for relationship with God.

Meanwhile, Kern said he expects the planned prayer vigil to be peaceful, with no one “yelling or screaming anything.”

“We're going to be praying,” he said.

“I just feel like we as Christians need to begin speaking out publicly about things like this. We've been silent for far too long.”

He said he is particularly troubled that the play will be performed in the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, when Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. The play is expected to run through Dec. 22.

“Obviously, it's leading right up to Christmas and yet this thing is a total and complete sacrilege of what the Bible stands for,” Kern said.

Irick said the theatrical company has never considered canceling the play. She said it will go on as scheduled, despite protesters.

“Have they considered Christ's words in Matthew 6:5? Christ never spoke against homosexuals, but he did condemn praying on street corners for the purpose of being seen,” she said.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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