By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Homosexual activists are planning to run a “mock-u-mentary” on Broadway tomorrow entitled “Santa Claus is Coming Out” which features Santa falling in love with Italian toymaker Giovanni Geppetto.
The play, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 8, is a fund-raiser for the homosexual activist group GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) which was founded by President Obama’s “safe school’s czar,” Kevin Jennings.
According to the GLSEN website, this off-Broadway show written and performed by Jeffrey Solomon, and directed by Joe Brancato “follows Santa in his heartfelt struggle to reconcile his romantic relationship with Italian toy maker Giovanni Geppetto . . . . Garnered to induce plenty of hearty chuckles, this clever Santa story is sure to leave you with a new found appreciation for the cheery, snowy-bearded icon.”
Because GLSEN claims its mission is to protect children, pro-family groups say this goal is being undermined by sexualizing Santa.
“It’s sad that GLSEN, which claims that it wants to protect kids, has chosen to use a fundraising tool that perverts the innocence of Christmas and sexualizes the longtime, child-revered icon of Santa Claus,” said Focus on the Family Action Education Analyst Candi Cushman.
But she’s not surprised. “If you just take a little bit of time to scratch beneath the surface and research what GLSEN actually puts out there and promotes, this is typical.”
For instance, in a recent interview with TheaterScene.com Jeffrey Solomon said the message of the the play is a “challenge to speak truthfully to children” then related an experience he had this summer to explain what he meant.
“I was dressed as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and I had a sign saying ‘Rudolph Supports Sexual Diversity.’ And the owner of the pharmacy on Commercial Street came out [shouting]. ‘I’ve got kids inside. Get out of here. They’re asking questions. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see that sign.’ . . . We love this lie of Santa Claus and when we mess with that ‘they’ [the anti-gay activists] get very upset.”
He added: “The same summer I was promoting the play, and I had the poster ‘Santa Claus is Coming Out.’ A straight couple with a very young boy about seven asked me directions, and the kid was kind of looking at the poster. Suddenly, the mother clenched her hands over his eyes as I was giving them directions, and she held them there the whole conversation. And it’s very funny. In both these instances, the play is playing out in front of me.”
Cushman says this reveals the hidden dark side of the organization. “GLSEN wants to have it both ways. They want to position themselves as this mainstream group in public schools that parents should trust, but then on the other hand they’re doing things like this.”
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