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Atten. Matt, Wisconsin Christians Took a Stand Against Play in Delafield Park

Re: the play in Delafield - Vic Eliason was just the messenger!

Editor's note: this blog is in response to regarding a Summer Stage production that was moved from Lapham Peak State Park after Christian groups objected to its message.

Matt, Vic Eliason was just the messenger, the media informant of important information.

It was the Christians of Wisconsin that protested this play. You really make a lot of VERY INFLATED statements in your article! DNR afraid for their safety? Really Matt? I think not! The majority of folks in this area & state of Wisconsin identify themselves as Christians. You would offend the majority to appease the few? You and your ilk would NEVER consider offending Muslims, Hindus or others. Most especially the Muslims!

The establishment clause regarding religion states that we have the freedom to exercise our religious beliefs and that the government cannot establish and implement a national denomination that we all must follow.

IT DOES NOT state that religious thought and world view can't be expressed in the public arena.

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Randy1949 September 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It's only an issue because the next time sectarian pressure forces a play out of any public venue it might not turn out to be such a benefit to the folks putting on the play. It's the principle of the thing. I remember having to force my way through demonstrators waving pamphlets to get into the Oriental Theater to see Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ, which was ultimately a very inspiring film for me. I remember the pressure that kept it from airing on HBO. This is nothing new.
Bob McBride September 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
It's a play.
Randy1949 September 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Yes, it's a play. A play doesn't differ from a filmed movie that significantly. I think it's the sacrilegious nature of the content that's at issue. Some people are making it about the PG-13, but was there nudity or cursing? Were people retiring to the wings to 'go in unto'? I recall a lot of that in some serious and reverent Biblical movies.
Bob McBride September 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Once, again, everyone came out ahead of the game. A barely known theater company got to move to a better venue to put on a play one might suggest was possibley cherry picked from amongst others by the same authors for its "controversial" nature (not an unknown tact used by small groups trying to generate pub for themselves). A radio personality got some publicity and probably a small bump in ratings for leading a campaign to oust the play from the park (again, not an unknown tact utilized by radio jocks). Some true believers on both sides got to express some gas and the net result is a win/win for all. Everything should turn out this well for all involved. Particularly since we're talking about something that, had it not had the controversy attached to it, would have come and gone without much notice.
Randy1949 September 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM
First of all, Mara, the antics of the religious right have offended me for many a year. But thank you for showing me the light about respect for the Revealed Word. I now plan to pattern my life on Biblical role models. First on the agenda, impregnate the maid. Next, pas off the wife as a sister for personal safety and financial gain. And finally, take that long-postponed hunting trip with my son. I'm bringing my knife.

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