Evangelist Filmmaker's Upcoming Homosexuality Film Sparks Outrage
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Sep 09
Evangelical filmmaker Ray Comfort has begun work on his latest film. “Audacity,” a scripted film which will address the issue of homosexuality, has already sparked criticism before the film has even been released.
Comfort is known for his documentary films that broach controversial topics such as abortion, evolution and Noah’s ark. When fans requested that Comfort make a movie that addressed homosexuality, his first response was, “no”,” believing that the topic was too controversial.
“I didn’t want to do this movie,” Comfort said. “When different people kept asking for one that addressed homosexuality, I said an adamant ‘No!’ and I was deadly serious. It just wasn’t going to happen. One of the major reasons for this was that to speak even slightly against homosexuality nowadays is tantamount to being a hate-filled racist.”
Comfort said that God changed his mind on the project. He hopes that Christian viewers will accept the film’s message not hate gays.
“‘Audacity’ doesn’t stereotype or vilify gays in the slightest. This movie isn’t motivated by an ounce of hatred. It’s just the opposite. We love gay people, and that’s what we believe will be the conclusion of most who see it.”
“When we produced [pro-life film] ’180′ they said we hated women. When ‘Evolution Vs. God’ came out, we hated science. Neither accusations were true. We are now in post-production of a movie that shows how much we love gay people, and they are already saying that I hate gays.”
A crowdfunding campaign for “Audacity” has raised over $98,000. $175,000 is needed to complete the movie.
Publication date: September 9, 2014