Miracle Theater Responds to Comments by TV Star

Pigeon Forge (WVLT) - An East Tennessee christian theatrical group is responding to what they say were anti-Christian comments made by comedian Kathy Griffin.

While the comedian was accepting her award during the a taping of the Creative Arts Emmys last week, several media outlets quote Griffin as saying "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." She goes on to say, "This award is my God now."

Those comments did not air during the edited-down show broadcast Saturday night on the E! Network.

In response to the comments, the Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge bought a full-page ad in USA Today on Monday, asking fellow Christians to stand up for what they believe in.

Their cast and management are expanding their effort to defend Christianity by sponsoring a "One Million Signatures for Christ" petition.

So far, they have about 2,500 signatures.

For more information, go to the Miracle Theater's website at www.miracletheater.com/ or call (865) 428-7469.

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  • by Ciara Location: Georgia on Apr 20, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    I loved the Miracle Theatre it was awesome my favorite characters were, Jesus,Lucifer,and one of the apostles who's real name is Chris.My family and I are coming back to see it for the 3rd time! It is great for families!
  • by guy roberson Location: Troy ,Tn on Sep 28, 2007 at 01:44 PM
  • by Geoff Location: England on Sep 23, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    As a Christian myself I find this mildy absurd and a total waste of money. She didn't say anything wrong as far as I can tell. The idea that Jesus won the award for her is a ludicrious one - sorry, but it is. To spend 90k to "defend" Christ is more offensive than what Griffin said in my opinion. To perpetuate the myth that our lord needs defending, and that money is the sure fire way to defend him, is FAR more offensive.
  • by Donald Location: Madisonville on Sep 21, 2007 at 10:50 PM
    In my openion we should as christians should let the stars and everybody else that we stand for the only one who would hang on the cross for us did the same for them and that without JESUS CHRIST giving his life for them there would be no stinking rewards, so they can put that in their little pipes and smoke it
  • by Liza Location: Knoxville on Sep 21, 2007 at 05:35 PM
    The Miracle Theater spends over $90,000 "in defense of their lord", yet many children in this county go without proper nutrition, clothing, and medical care?!? JESUS needs "defending", but the children of this county do not?!? I don't buy their noisy protestations. They are like the Pharisees and Saducees, to me. They make a big noise and a big SHOW of their Christianity, yet in reality they do NOTHING to show love. THEY'RE ALL TALK AND NO WALK!!!! This is nothing but opportunistic strategy for better ticket sales. If they REALLY loved "the Lord", they would SHOW it by being more loving of those in true need. HYPOCRITES!!!! EVERY ONE OF THEM!!!
  • by Tc Location: Sevierville, TN on Sep 21, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    This County has families living below the poverty level, without food on the table, clothing on their backs, no health insurance, no hope or dream of ever attending university and couldn't even find the place on a map where Jesus was born because they have no concept of the real world outside of Tennessee. There are 100,000 ways to show you are a Christian, but, wasting money on a one time, one page advertisement that publicly reduces the Miracle Theatre to the theatrics and low standards of one tasteless woman is NOT proving that anyone connected to the Miracle Theatre is a Christian. It reduces Christianity to Capitalism!!! Regardless of what the copy said, the ad was not an appropriate response. It was not an acceptable use of funds and it in no way, shape or form proved anyone connected to the Miracle Theatre was a good Christian.
  • by Ricardo Aleman Location: Hoboken, NJ on Sep 20, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    I’m a stand-up comic, and I understand both Kathy and your position. With all the different groups out there, it is exceeding difficult to not offend a few in a comedy career. Can’t we all just get along? It’s the Christian thing to do. I’m not surprised to hear that devout Christians are offended by Kathy’s remarks. I was talking to my Buddhist friend about it and he thought she was hysterical. The reality is that, no mater what your beliefs are, there are no shortage of people who DON’T AGREE WITH YOU. Surround yourself with people who do agree with your beliefs, and don’t fuss too much about the ones who don’t, because you can waste your entire lives arguing and getting nowhere. Making a national to do about all this just puts Kathy in the spotlight. Let’s face it, there are much worse celebrities out there driving drunk and endangering lives. If your beliefs are that Kathy will be going to hell for what she said, then that should be plenty. www.FunnyMexican.com
  • by Rick Location: TN on Sep 20, 2007 at 12:59 PM
    Maggie, you are wrong. We all are under God. Many people may not accept that now, but one day everyone will. Every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess and everyone shall give an account of himself. We will all spend eternity in one place or another. Now is the time to choose Heaven. And the only way to get there is by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Whether you accept it or not does not change the fact. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Anyone who disagrees has a right to his or her own opinion. But don't call yourself a Christian and disagree because you should know Jesus' words.
  • by Kelli Tidwell Location: Campbell Co. on Sep 20, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    I know that the only reason the my life is blessed is because of Jesus. People in Hollywood need to realize that Jesus can take everything away from them in the blink of an eye. Jesus loves everyone even those that are stubborn and don't believe in his power.
  • by nathan on Sep 19, 2007 at 11:06 PM
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