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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. It isn't exactly a "religous" group. It is owned by a company than runs numerous theatres in town that employ numerous homosexual employees. They just wanted publicity for a failing show. I know.....I live here! Maybe PETA needs to make a visit for the inhumane treatment of the live animals in the show...like paying to ride on the camels in the hot parking lot.

    Posted by: Duke | Sep 20, 2007 7:00:35 PM


  2. Isn't it possibel...just a TINY bit possible that Kathy Griffin, being a COMEDIAN, was being FUNNY? I thought it was a riot. And really, if you look at the actual intent behind the words, what she said had nothing to do with religion or Jesus. Grow up people. Christians love to bash people like us, but they can't take a little humorous jab? Somewhere Jesus is laughing at the absurdity of ALL of this crap we do to one another. You know they all sit up there watching and talking shit. We're like the best soap opera ever.

    Posted by: Beau | Sep 20, 2007 7:13:18 PM


  3. Ruh-ro is right. I already corrected my typo when noted by someone more intelligent and less bitchy than you, little princess. Regarding your other comment: read the squib wherein the ad was criticized for "condemning free speech". Thanks for elevating the cyber-conversation. Your contribution to the marketplace of ideas is truly priceless.

    Posted by: rudy | Sep 20, 2007 7:16:06 PM


  4. I hope this brings them 90,000 in ticket sales--there must be cheaper ways to get publicity.

    Posted by: Boobs | Sep 20, 2007 7:32:02 PM


  5. Dear Kathy, your reasoning is on a par with Sherri Shepard's or Elizabeth ("they're fighting for our freedoms") Hassleback's. Personally I think a gay x-tian is like a Jewish Nazi. Oh, don't get me wrong, honey because I have faith but I don't need to have it bolstered by 90K smackers.

    Posted by: the queen | Sep 20, 2007 7:37:40 PM


  6. Just curious: How come, when someone like Kathy Griffin makes a comment that is offensive to religious people, we're defending it as "Free Speech"......and when someone else makes a statement against gays, we brand them as bigots, want them fired, etc? The money spent on the ad is stupid - but couldn't we say that about ANY special interest's (including gay interest) media spends? Kathy's comment was baiting and unncessary -but was indeed free speech. I'm just wondering why we're not so tolerant of other's "free speech".

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 20, 2007 7:47:19 PM


  7. Good grief... I'm originally from Pigeon Forge and am so embarrassed by the Miracle Theatre. I've been gone for a few years but still visit and still know people who perform in the Branson-esque shows in town and the majority are gay themselves. Come on... it's theatre for Christ's sake! (Shit... did I just offend them?) It's amazing to me that people can't deal with comedy, or freedom of speech. Someone get Dolly on the phone to explain to them what a real Christian would do in this situation. Judge not! Ha!

    Posted by: Thomas | Sep 20, 2007 7:52:30 PM


  8. "Just curious: How come, when someone like Kathy Griffin makes a comment that is offensive to religious people, we're defending it as "Free Speech"......and when someone else makes a statement against gays, we brand them as bigots, want them fired, etc? The money spent on the ad is stupid - but couldn't we say that about ANY special interest's (including gay interest) media spends? Kathy's comment was baiting and unncessary -but was indeed free speech. I'm just wondering why we're not so tolerant of other's "free speech"."

    Steve, it's really not that difficult. Kathy's comment wasn't putting down Christians, or Christianity. She was making fun of celebrities who don't act the least bit Christian, but thank Jesus the second they win an award. To Kathy, Jesus has no more importance than any long-dead stranger.

    And the difference between this type of ad and an ad denouncing homophobia is that Kathy's "Suck it, Jesus" comments aren't being used to persecute a minority. Kathy's comment was joking - I highly doubt she'd advocate taking away the rights of Christians, however inane she finds their ideas. The same can't be said for those who make disparaging remarks about gays, thus it is not only a bigger deal, but worth fighting back against.

    Posted by: thegreatpumpkin | Sep 20, 2007 8:23:57 PM


  9. Well, this is one Tennessean that LOVE Kathy Griffin and I'll be seeing her this Saturday night in Nashville.

    I can't believe these "x-tian" idiots would use so much money for something so stupid. Why not go feed an orphan or help a homeless person.

    This country is FUCKED UP!

    Posted by: Bobby | Sep 20, 2007 9:09:23 PM


  10. I demand a Senate resolution condeming this theater troupes attack ad!


    (see http://moveon.org/)

    Posted by: tjwdraws | Sep 20, 2007 9:13:31 PM


  11. Ok, no one answered my questions, but that's Ok.

    I wasn't offended by Kathy. I don't care what celebrities say or do. But you did remind me of a SNL sketch or maybe MAD tv where there is an award show and the stars are thanking Jesus and Jesus is standing right there. He says to one "Who are you? I don't even know you people."

    I thought that was hilarious.

    I think I would have bought Kathy being funny by saying Jesus didn't have anything to do with this award because of the reasons stated here. But the "suck it" thing took it just a bit too far.

    And whoever said that a gay Christian is like a Jewish Nazi is just crazy. What did Christ ever say against you? Why would you reject someone who would never reject you?

    Not trying to preach here, or even to inflame. Just putting a differnt perspective out here.

    Posted by: Kathy | Sep 20, 2007 9:33:49 PM


  12. Wow, how Christian of them.

    I wonder how many poor hungry people could have been fed for $90k?

    I wonder how many children could have been provided healthcare for $90k?

    But the priority of these asshats is to spend this huge amount of money to buy a single ad that didn't do one damned thing to make anyones life better.

    They could have summed up their ad in one sentence "Look how self-righteous and stupid and truly UN-Christian we are!"

    But what do I know? I'm like a Jewish Nazi. :(

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 20, 2007 9:34:54 PM


  13. Oh, and I LOVE Kathy Griffith and I thought her Emmy acceptance speech was hysterical and will be a classic once America moves out of the dark ages.

    Some Christians do have a sense of humor.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 20, 2007 9:38:28 PM


  14. Isn't Dolly Parton from Pigeon Forge? Maybe she would like to comment on this nonsense?

    Posted by: jmg | Sep 20, 2007 9:49:33 PM


  15. actualy kathy

    The myth jesus in the gospel stories does say "I have not come to destroy the law 9the law of moses that is which covers leviticus). Not one dot shall pass from the law till the end of the world."

    That was a 100% endorsment for everything in said law of moses particularly the leviticus condemnation of us homosexuals to death. The world has not ended yet so myth jesus did in fact say something against us homosexuals. The myth supported 100% our destruction by supporting the law of moses which calls for our destruction.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 20, 2007 11:00:48 PM


  16. Though I love KG, I knew her "suck it Jesus" comment would create a stir, and I thought she could have made her point without that comment and been just as funny.

    That being said, it's incredible that a religious group would spend 90K in that way rather than putting it to better use. If I was a member of that organization I'd be telling THEM to suck it.

    Idiots

    Posted by: Wade | Sep 20, 2007 11:18:28 PM


  17. 90,000? They could have got a discount at the NY Times!

    Notice how "comedians" never baspheme Allah? Now that would be edgy- that is until their head is removed.

    Her show's been cancelled, right?

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 20, 2007 11:29:03 PM


  18. Are people still talking about this?

    Say NO TO A CHRISTIAN TALIBAN!!!

    Posted by: lou | Sep 21, 2007 12:33:04 AM


  19. I doubt the theater group is aware that the parent company of USA Today distributes a lot of porn. Sorry guys.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Sep 21, 2007 1:38:13 AM


  20. Exactly, well said, JIMMYBOYO. Well, Kathy?

    Posted by: Nikko | Sep 21, 2007 3:32:14 AM


  21. Exactly, well said, JIMMYBOYO. Well, Kathy?

    Posted by: Nikko | Sep 21, 2007 3:32:29 AM


  22. For years we've been treated to everyone from lawyers to used car salesman publicly thanking Jesus for their success in life. Personal experience has taught me that when any commercial enterprise takes it upon themselves to use he in whom they place so much faith, trust, and veneration as a marketing tool no matter how obliquely you're going to get burned. Kudos to Griffith for putting the sandal on the other foot.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 21, 2007 6:38:17 AM


  23. Posted by STEVE:
    "Kathy's comment was baiting and unncessary-but was indeed free speech. I'm just wondering why we're not so tolerant of other's "free speech"."

    I've wondered the same. At times I think gays will say anything for their cause (lies and 1/2 truths), while simultaneously condemning an opposing viewpoint. I've lost respect for that type.

    Posted by: Loud | Sep 21, 2007 6:58:51 AM


  24. That's a complete distortion of what Jesus said. I can't believe I am arguing with you in trying to convince you that Jesus wouldn't reject you and you are saying "Yes he would!!!"

    You kill me.

    Jesus spoke specifically about divorce. Do you think he rejects all those who are divorced?

    You don't get it. It isn't about the sin. It's about the salvation.

    I don't want to get preachy here. Didn't mean to do that.

    I can see that I'm not going to change anyone's mind here. But the bottom line here is even if you see evangelical Christians as your enemy, Christ is certainly not.

    Posted by: Kathy | Sep 21, 2007 8:50:24 AM


  25. First off, the Christian reaction just shows that Christianity and stupidity walk hand in hand.

    Secondly, just what was the offence? "Suck it, Jesus!" Suck what?

    Posted by: jimmiejazz | Sep 21, 2007 8:51:24 AM


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