Fake News Alert
Today I was surprised to find a message in my Facebook messenger inbox. The surprise wasn’t just that someone still uses facebook messenger as a real means of communication but that it was a chain letter declaring that a new movie, to be released this summer, would depict Jesus and his disciples as gay lovers.
I love a discussion piece as much as the next guy, but I was a little more than skeptical that such a movie would exist without any kind of formal press-release. Had this been a real movie coming this summer, there would be a trailer by now or at least some form of public announcement. Since this would be a controversial movie, there is no doubt that the news (had it been real) would have already been circulated by all the major news outlets, especially Fox news. However, no such news existed. On top of that, it seemed a bit outlandish. Lastly, facebook forwards don’t have a long-running reputation as being authentic pieces of information. The forward can be read below.
The movie “Corpus Christi “is due to be released this June to August. It is a disgusting film set to appear in America later this year which depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals! As a play, this has already been in theaters for a while. It’s called “Corpus Christi” which means “The Body of Christ”. It’s a revolting mockery of our Lord.
But we Christians can make a difference. That’s why I am sending this e-mail to you. If you do send this around, we just might be able to prevent this film from being shown in Australia, Canada and America etc. Let’s stand for what we believe and stop the mockery of Jesus Christ our Savior. Where do we stand as Christians? I am forwarding this to all I think will respect and appreciate being informed. Please help us prevent such offenses against our Lord.
There is no petition to sign, no time limit, or minimum number of people to send this to. It will take you less than 2 minutes! If you are not interested and do not have the 2 minutes it will take to do this, please don’t complain if God does not seem to have time for you. Imagine what would happen if this film were depicting Mohammad in the same way…the Islamic world would be in flames!!. Apparently, some regions in Europe have already successfully banned the film. All we need is a lot of prayer and a lot of E-mails. JUST GET THE WORD OUT!….Will God be able to find at least 50 righteous people who are willing to express their concern and voice their opinion against this act of blasphemy? -forwarded
Alas, I was forced to lookup the name of the movie and I discovered that no such movie was going to be produced. Moreover, this movie (based on a play actually called “Corpus Christi”) had been rumored since 1985. Additionally, it was reported as fake new more than a dozen times or so since then. Apparently, this viral rumor is having trouble finding it’s death bed.
Here are various articles on the matter, dating years back that speak of the many reappearances of this mythical creature.
A lot of people seem to be confused by a documentary about making the play Corpus Christi. This is not a movie version of the play. It is a documentary about the cast and crew of the stage performance and the aftermath. The documentary is detailed on IMDb.
Inspired by Terrence McNally’s Passion Play told through the lens of a young gay Jesus, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption follows a group of actors who began production on the play seven years ago in a small church. Within months they suddenly found themselves thrust in the world spotlight touring to international acclaim. The documentary follows the troupe and the playwright sharing their stories with supporters and protesters as they continue their tour across the world to communities where hate and bigotry are much more prevalent. Mirroring the reflections of dialogue in society today, especially in regards to civil rights, marriage equality, HIV/AIDS, and separation of church and state, this production has become a vehicle of change for a community struggling to find its voice. Meanwhile, the company of actors find themselves on a journey that would forever change their lives. —James Brandon & Nic Arnzen
It is important to read past the title on articles, posts, and even IMDb.
Be Truth Seekers
As Christians we must not merely claim that we have the truth because we believe in the word of God. When we claim to hold ultimate truth, yet we make fiery false claims that are easily disproved, we become laughing-stocks to the world. We must be more diligent in seeking the truth in all matters, more curious in knowing the truth, and more dedicated to that truth, than anyone around us.
If we are the light bearers to the dark world then we must do our homework and not pass along propaganda like this old rumor. It serves no purpose other than to fan the flames of discord between the Christians and the rest of society. When we don’t do our homework it’s the gospel message that gets hindered. How much more of a reason to be guardians of truth and not rumors.