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Christian Theater Group Spends $90K to Condemn Kathy Griffin

The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has paid $90,440 for a full-page ad in USA Today that ran on Monday condemning the "Suck it, Jesus" remarks made by Kathy Griffin upon accepting her Emmy for Best Reality Show, according to the AP.

GriffinThe ad reads: "We at The Miracle Theater consider it an honor to stand for Jesus today. We may never win a national award. We may never be household names. We may never be seen in Hollywood. Although others may choose to use their national platform to slander our God, we are honored as professional entertainers to stand for Christ."

Of course the Miracle Theater is welcome to waste their money in whatever way they choose, but imagine how much prouder Jesus would have been had they spent that $90,440 to feed the homeless or help needy children. Instead they spent in on a self-aggrandizing ad condemning free speech.

Check out the ad, after the jump...

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  1. So, this is the secret to draining fundamentalist christian groups of their money?

    Posted by: scientitian | Sep 20, 2007 4:37:43 PM


  2. Priceless publicity for Kathy Griffin.

    Posted by: sam | Sep 20, 2007 4:38:43 PM


  3. What is funny is that you have to go all the way to pigeon forge tn to find religous fundie actors. LOL

    Probably mostly made up of soccer moms who act in the yearly church xmas play.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 20, 2007 4:39:51 PM


  4. When Larry King showed this to her on his show she said " are there dancers? you know some of them would be my people, they just dont know it". Its on YouTube.
    love her.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Sep 20, 2007 4:45:09 PM


  5. NO, no, no. The second amendment guarantee of "free speech" is speech free of GOVERNMENTAL intrusion/censorship. The Bill of Rights imposes limitations on the actions of the federal government. The Bill of Rights does not affirmatively grant some nebulous "right" to a citizen to say whatever she wants, whenever she wants. And it certainly does not limit anyone from responding. Indeed, the very purpose of the second amendment is to stimulate the "marketplace of ideas". More speech; not less speech.
    One may disagree with the wisdom of the theatre group responding as it did but the seond amendment is not implicated by any means or measure. The second amendment is constitutionally irrelevant to the instant discussion.

    Posted by: rudy | Sep 20, 2007 4:46:56 PM


  6. People go to war in the name of God; they spew hate in the name of Jesus; they do all sorts of evils in his name, and this...this is what they're worried about?
    They can suck it.

    Posted by: silverskreen | Sep 20, 2007 4:54:41 PM


  7. if Jesus willingly and knowingly died for our sins, I am sure that he can take a joke...
    good use of money folks...
    if christians were a little less uptight about what everyone else is doing and put more deeds where their faith should be, the world would be a better place.

    Posted by: David | Sep 20, 2007 4:57:23 PM


  8. Their site mentioned Kathy Griffin's site, which I had never visited. I saw on her tour page that she is coming to Chicago, so I bought tickets.

    Pigeon Forge just made Kathy and her promoters $200.

    Posted by: Jake | Sep 20, 2007 4:59:24 PM


  9. "The mission of The Miracle Theater is to present faith-based family entertainment through live theatrical productions revealing the person of Jesus Christ as the Living Word of God."

    soooo.... its like a bible reenactment group

    I bet their sermons don't even have showtunes

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 20, 2007 5:02:52 PM


  10. most tennesseans have more money than sense.

    Posted by: john | Sep 20, 2007 5:06:16 PM


  11. Hm. So, with all the hungry and sick people in the world, this is the best way to spend people's tithes? I swear, the government ought to start collecting taxes on these hypocritical sons of bitches so they'll either put up or shut up!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 20, 2007 5:07:07 PM


  12. I'm sure it was an error of haste, but it's the First Amendment that's the guarantee of free speech:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The Second one is the militia one. Anyway - the Pigeon Forge Christians have just as much right to publish their silly ad and I'm glad they did - someone gets to see Kathy in Chicago now! And I went to see if she was coming back to TX anytime soon.

    I heart KG

    Posted by: David | Sep 20, 2007 5:10:05 PM


  13. I'm sure Kathy is losing sleep over all those future lost gigs at the Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge.

    Posted by: mark m | Sep 20, 2007 5:11:51 PM


  14. I agree with Sam, the publicity is priceless for Kathy (and maybe Jesus, too) and you know she just adores that kind of thing, now that she's riding the crest of the fame wave. But goodness gracious, why didn't those x-tians donate god's money to charity? Dumb!

    Posted by: the queen | Sep 20, 2007 5:21:06 PM


  15. The right to free speech includes the right to be offensive to others.

    These "Jesus-is-my-boyfriend" actors should thank their lucky stars that this is true for them as well.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 20, 2007 5:22:07 PM


  16. Yikes! David, of course you are right. I have got to get some sleep. . .

    Posted by: rudy | Sep 20, 2007 5:22:14 PM


  17. That Christian group is so BOOOOORING.
    Interestingly enough, I am having "retro" day music wise, and while reading this post Tori Amos was singing, "are there devils with halos and beautiful capes taking them into the flames..." From the song Not The Red Baron on her Boys for Pele cd.

    Posted by: Anderson | Sep 20, 2007 5:23:07 PM


  18. Perhaps it is truly that, and ad. Perhaps they think that by responding to Kathy Griffin's comments in this way, they were expecting for it to not only be presented in the news paper as an ad, but to become news itself and thus promoting them even more amidst Kathy's own wave of fame. Thus, it's fueling both Kathy Griffin to a more prominent position in the public's eye as well as themselves. I'm just not sure if I see them attracting enough fanatical Christians to their productions to make up the amount they spent for the ad space.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 20, 2007 5:27:58 PM


  19. Uh, Rudy, please check your copy of the constitution....second amendment is the right to bear arms, its the first amendment that guarantees free speech.

    And btw, I don't think anyone is arguing the wingnuts who published this ad don't have the right to their opinion. I think we're questioning why a small community theater supposedly interested in promoting Christian values would spend so much money on something that will be forgotten so soon.

    Posted by: Ruh-Ro | Sep 20, 2007 5:32:40 PM


  20. Wow, how does a theatre company have $90K to spend on something like this? Most theatre companies I'm aware of are scrounging money from anywhere they can just to keep going.

    Posted by: db | Sep 20, 2007 5:46:35 PM


  21. This just go to show you how screwed the priorities of these Christian groups are, there are kids dying around the clock, around the world, yet they fork 90,000 to condemn Kathy. God have mercy.

    Posted by: Rafael | Sep 20, 2007 5:52:04 PM


  22. Dumb Christians. Oh, well. You know what P.T. Barnum said. "A fool and his money are soon parted."

    Posted by: The Watch Dog | Sep 20, 2007 6:09:24 PM


  23. $90K of free publicity! Go Kathy!

    Posted by: Lia | Sep 20, 2007 6:27:42 PM


  24. I too sent them an emailing noting that the money would have fed, clothed or housed a few people--would have been more in line with Jesus...

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Sep 20, 2007 6:41:32 PM


  25. You guys are so unfair. How do you know they don't spend that much helping the poor too? And you know that if someone had said something horrific about being gay and then a group paid that much to USA today to state that they were proud to be gay. Then you would be all for it.

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Besides, aren't any of you Christian? It is not allowed to be gay and Christian? I would think that anyone here with faith would have been offended by Kathy's remark.

    Posted by: Kathy | Sep 20, 2007 6:53:55 PM


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