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From: email@example.com (Paul Farrar)
Subject: Film Rumor
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Boy this is an ooooold one. This has been making the church
bulletin circuit for about 15 years. Looks like it oozed
across the equator to the antipodes.
It's not a complete hoax, though. The film was made, in Germany,
in about 1977. I can't give the exact year. I did hear an
interview with the maker on TV. I encountered the story again
(church bulletin, of course) in the 80s. We were ordered to
send letters of outrage to somebody or another.
One clue is the attorney general. William Scott was AG in
Illinois from 1969. I can't find when his term ended, but
he was in in 78, but out in 81. The IL AG office probably has
a form letter on this, since they probably have been getting
regular tranches of letters from outraged bulletin readers
for a decade or more.
PDF. not an official spokesman
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From: email@example.com (Stephen Watson)
Subject: Re: Homosexual Jesus Film
Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (News Administrator)
Organization: Carleton University
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1993 15:02:41 GMT
email@example.com (Steve Hayes) writes:
>The following message was posted in a Fidonet conference in south Africa
>recently. It looks like an urban legend to me. It is undated, and the origin
>is not specified.
>Has anyone seen this before? Can anyone tell me more about it?
>--------------------------> Cut Here <-----------------------------------
>"Modern People News" has revealed plans for the filming of a movie based on
>the SEX LIFE OF JESUS in which Jesus is portrayed as a swinging HOMOSEXUAL.
The "warning" is almost verbatim identical to the version given by Jan
Harold Brunvand in _The_Mexican_Pet_, so it's definitely a Canonical
Urban Legend. According to Brunvand, the origin of this UL is a 1977
story in _Modern_People_News_ (yes, the rag really did exist!) "in
which the *discussion* of such a possible film project in Europe was
mentioned". As far as can be determined, no such film was actually
made, in Europe, Illinois, or anywhere else.
And yes, Ann Landers did try to debunk this through her column in 1985.
For more info, I suggest asking on alt.folklore.urban.
Interesting foot-note from Brunvand: according to the New York Times
(29 Sept. 1985, Art & Leisure section), Martin Scorsese's
_Last_Temptation_of_Christ_ was cancelled by its backers because of
rumours that it would portray Jesus as gay. My edition of Brunvand is
1986; obviously the Scorsese film didn't stay dead (when did it come
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