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8th-Aug-2007 11:56 am
Lamb Of God
Florida theme park offers bloody crucifixion performances
CNN's Sean Callebs reported Tuesday on a religious theme park in Orlando, Florida called "Holy Land Experience."

"The biggest attraction at Holy Land Experience is the crucifixion that you can see six days a week, as graphic and grim as possible," said Callebs, showing shots of a bloodied Jesus writhing on the cross, before interviewing the actor, who called the experience "humbling."

However, Callebs continued, "the performances, along with what's billed as the largest private collection of Biblical artifacts outside the Vatican, haven't been enough to keep the park out of debt." Holy Land Experience was $8 million behind and had almost been forced to close several times, before it was purchased this June by Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian television network. Since then, attendance is up, and the park has also won a battle to retain its tax-exempt status.

The following video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast on August 7.

Video segment here.
8th-Aug-2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well, passion plays have been around for centuries. Maybe this is just sort of the "Fox News" over-the-top version.


I would think, however, that a Holy Land Experience wouldn't be complete without some time spent on a kibbutz, and some time spent with Palestinians losing their land to the stupid wall that Israel's building. Not that I have any opinions on the subject *cough*.

8th-Aug-2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
LOL. Yeah, THAT would bring in the crowds.
8th-Aug-2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for good hot BDSM. . .
8th-Aug-2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
ROFL. Yeah, that would go over big -- some guys in full leather fondling themselves as they watch Jesus get crucified. I'm sure the park security and other patrons would have NO problem with that...
8th-Aug-2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't think that would necessarily turn ME on.

Maybe the saint andrew's cross instead, with ME on it instead of any other assorted saint?
8th-Aug-2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well I don't think it would turn me on either, unless the Jesus actor lost his loincloth, provoking an entirely different kind of suffering... :-)

But maybe you're onto something. They should have a ride called "So You Want To Be A Saint" in which you get to simulate the suffering of the saint of your choice.
8th-Aug-2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
OMG, that icon is to die for!
8th-Aug-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
" the park has also won a battle to retain its tax-exempt status"

Wha-huh? How'd they justify that one. Maybe Disney should consider adding a bit of jesus to their theme parks to avoid paying taxes next.
8th-Aug-2007 08:50 pm (UTC) - so EFFING stupid
I want to go on the 40-day-40-night Noah's Ark ride!
With Noah singing:
"There's no earthly way of knowing
which direction we are going
there's no knowing where we're rowing
or which way the river's flowing
Is it raining, is it snowing
is a hurricane a-blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing...

yeah, kinda like that.

This Jesus amusement park idea makes me wanna throw up.
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