A Texas church has come under fire for a Christian-themed — and allegedly unauthorized — rendition of the acclaimed Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ that appeared to conclude with a sermon by a church pastor comparing being gay to being addicted to alcohol or drugs.
The two-hour performance, which was produced and broadcast live Friday by The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries in McAllen, Texas, and RGV Productions, contained several Bible references not originally included in the Tony Award-winning musical, according to a description of the livestream by Howard Sherman, director of the Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School in New York and not affiliated with the performance. The livestream video has since been taken down.
The show ended with a sermon from an associate pastor, Victor Lopez, who compared homosexuality to drug addiction, according to the full video of the performance. NBC News has obtained a recording of the performance of writer and atheism advocate Hemant Mehta. Mehta would not reveal the identity of the person from whom he obtained the video.
“Maybe you’re struggling with alcohol, drugs, being gay, maybe you’re struggling with other things in life, your finances, whatever, your relationships,” Lopez said. “God can help you tonight.”
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