Q: Who needs Fatima?
A: America, apparently.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, some peasant kids saw a vision of Mary who told them they had to do certain things for god. This includes some Medieval-style prayers about pleading with Jesus to forgive them for all the hurt the world puts on him with its blasphemy and nonbelievers. They call themselves “America Needs Fatima” and they appear to be the unholy spawn of right wing Catholicism, Tea Partying, and Operation Rescue, but devoted to stopping “blasphemers”.
Your religious views must pretty far out there if the top of you list thing to worry about is not, say, doing good deeds, or helping the needy, or assuaging suffering, or any gay liberal crap like that…no the top priority is stopping people from saying or doing things that offend your mental image of you imaginary friend.
My step-sister-in-law is starring in a local production of “Corpus Christi,” a play that came out in the 1990s.
But this Fatima group is is still deeply offended by the suggestion that the “kingdom of Heaven” is not for straights only. So this group which is fanatically devoted to their imaginary friend finds the play blasphemous and encourages people to protest it. I am not linking to them.
So my wife & some of her friends went to see my step-sister-in-law in this play “Corpus Christi” at a church in Akron. There were these “Fatima” protesters (20 or 30, they guessed) will printed vinyl signs and t-shirts and all of them had red scarves (?). She said all of them were adult men (all of them?!?). They could not tell if they were local or bussed in or a mix.
They were chanting and shouting and trying to disrupt the play. The church ‘counter demonstrated’ by projecting a message that said something like “All are welcome in the house of god”. The police had to escort play-goers around the demo, to the back door & basement of the church.
The protester group has a “petition” to send protest emails to the church hosting the play. The default message is:
The First Grace United Church:
I vehemently protest against the production of the blasphemous play Corpus Christi, which includes a Christ-like figure who reportedly has sexual relations with his apostles.
The Person of Jesus Christ is Sacred and untouchable. To portray Him as a homosexual, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy which I reject with all my soul.
I ask you to immediately cancel this production and to offer a public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God fearing Americans.
Notice they are careful to say the Christ-like figure “reportedly” does this or that. Because why would anyone there even bother to see the play or read the script or do anything but roll out of bed and type furiously and send money to support a bunch of thugs who who try to shut down a play.
But they let you edit everything in the email, so mine read:
Subject: Best . Friday. Ever.
The First Grace United Church:
I am so sorry to see groups like this Fatima organization making a fuss about a play. A play with the temerity to adapt a story from the Bible. What next?