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April 5, 2012

A Christmas Carol . . . for Gays?

'Scrooge & Marley' billed as a 'modern-day variation' with 'a gay sensibility.'

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A Christmas Carol has already had many film adaptations over the years, including animated versions and even one with The Muppets (a quite awesome version, I might add!). But we're not sure what Charles Dickens would think of the upcoming adaptation called Scrooge & Marley, which filmmakers are billing as "a modern-day variation" on the story. "Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music," they promise that the production brings "a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion."

And if you're wondering, yes, Scrooge himself will be gay.

Two-time Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, a writer, songwriter, and actor, and David Moretti (The Lair) head up the cast. Moretti said, "Christmas movies hold a very special place in my heart as I have a handful of favorites I've watched every single Christmas since I was a little boy. My hope is that Scrooge & Marley becomes that for the gay community. It's a sweet, classic story of redemption ... with a little glitter."

The film will be shot in Chicago next month. Richard Knight Jr. and Peter Neville will direct. Knight and Neville deliver their pitch for the film (and fundraising) here:



Comments

Is this going to be another attempt at normalizing gayness so we all say, “Gay can’t be a sin, look it’s a cute and funny film.” Red herring comes to mind. No one says sin is not ‘cute’ at times, or that it is not funny at other times. But I know that movies can be used to desensitize us morally until we no longer see what is wrong with wrong. My point is why the gay twist? I could see this as beneficial if there is redemption in the end, a walking away from gay. Being that it is sponsored by the LGBT, or at least encouraged by them I don’t see redemption happening.

Interesting way to make Dicken's wonderful expression of the gospel more accessible to a group of people who have largely turned their backs on the church due to "understandings" such as the previous comment. Why is it that we reduce sexuality and all its complexity to a black and white ON/OFF switch, rather than a human characteristic. And like all human characteristics, sexuality and sexual identity is ditributed along a bell curve, isn't it? We are all different in our degree of "manliness," or "femininity." so why is it not acceptable that some of us have charcteristics that represent the fringes of that bell curve? This is the reality of our current physical manifestation - "..we all have shortcomings and so miss the glory of God.". So, as Jesus taught us to pray: "forgive us our shortcomings, as we forgive the shortcomings of others.". I look forward to sharing this news item with LGBT friends and seeing this version.

To Mike W: Are you privy to information that neither the CT blurb nor pitch video discusses? Are they altering the ending of "A Christmas Carol" in some radical way? Because redemption--in the truest, most Christian sense of reclamation of what's lost--is the whole point of Dickens' story. Are you suggesting that before Scrooge can reclaim the meaning of Christmas he must reject his own making and become something he's not?

To do as you appear to suggest wouldn't merely pervert Dickens' intentions--spoken by an impoverished, lame child: "God bless us, everyone"--but it would negate the Christmas message of God's boundless, unconditional love. Ironically, your comment gives witness to John's portrayal of the Incarnation: "He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God." (1.11-13) To say that Scrooge must deny his orientation for the story's "redemption" to work turns Dickens' metaphor upside-down, making him a Christ figure who's rejected because he's deemed unworthy to join the club, rather than the Everyman who experiences a supernatural encounter with God's message of grace and kindness that the writer obviously meant him to be.

If this is too tough for you to manage, don't see the movie. Those of us who believe the Gospel (and Dickens) as written hopefully with find the message intact and as uplifting as ever.

If we are to celebrate who we are, who we say God created us to be and we declare that because a person is gay God created him that way, then what are we to say; God wants this person gay and we are to celebrate the gayness?

In Dickens' tale, the ghost of Christmas yet to come leads Scrooge to perceive that he must change his ways to avoid his early death and unkempt grave that no one cares to preserve. However, liberation comes to Scrooge at the end when he makes a hard but necessary lifesaving change and breaks the bonds of his dissipated, wasted life. He had been a stingy, cold, and greedy person. That was Ebenezer Scrooge.

Following the logic that we always celebrate whom God made us to be, we must say that God created Scrooge a stingy, cold and greedy person, therefore we must not change what God made; we are to celebrate what God made. Nonsense!

We don't celebrate a person living in the filth of a wasted life. We do celebrate stepping out of our brokenness when we stop blaming God for those things we refuse to change in ourselves, the things that separate us from receiving God's loving grace. To say God is too weak to make a person whole is a lie, that kind of god is too small to believe. God created us not to live in sin but to trust in his Son who came to release us from Satan's grip. Jesus did not come to normalize our sins and he did not come to tell us how nice we look in Satan's chains; he came to break the bonds of sin and to free us. He loves us to no end. He comes to us to help us walk away from sin and believe in him. We cannot walk away from sin on our own strength, but only with God's help, through the Holy Spirit. A Christmas Carol is a wonderful tale of becoming a new and loving person. Jesus promises to make us a new person when we turn away from sin and believe in him. Jesus said, "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32) Jesus loves all of us sinners, he came to change us all. That's worth celebrating.

Since none of us have seen the movie, I have to ask what is the point of making Scrooge a homosexual since as the story is written, sex isn't even brought into the story. It's about a person not believing in a Christmas attitude and thus making all the wrong decisions in his life, realizing this and changing his attitude to a Christmas attitude leading to hopefully correct decisions. So this is just another attempt by the homosexuals to change our culture to their culture. They already changed the meaning of words, marriage between a man and a women to marriage between anything and anything, gay from meaning an overly happy person to it's all about how you do sex, civil rights to special rights for special people, we are to believe they were born or made by God to be homosexual just as we are born with a certain color to our skin and thus should be considered normal in their activity so they don't need to change their activity, suggesting people were homosexuals in history books after the people are dead of course so they can't defend themselves so as to convince children that all the famous people were actually homosexuals and were involved in doing all the good stuff in our history. So, this is just another attempt to further their changing our culture to their culture by changing the plot behind a major story revolving around of course Christmas. That's their point. Let them see the movie if this falsehood story line makes them feel better. We don't need to see the movie afterall Scrooge is a secular Christmas movie, it's not a Jesus Christmas movie.

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