Scott Goldman of South Hadley's Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School suspects that most of the opposition to the school's production of the play "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" comes from outside the region, and it is indeed commonplace today for scolds to take to the Internet to branch out and butt in. It's also safe to say that most or all of the complainers have not seen the play, which means they don't know what they're talking about. That's also commonplace.

Paul Rudnick's 1998 play, which retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters, is supposedly hateful and blasphemous according to critics who have phoned and emailed the school. Martin Scorsese's 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ" was described the same way by people who hadn't seen it, and if they had, they might have been moved by the sober and honorable film.

Mr. Goldman says the play will go on, as well it should in a society that cherishes free speech. In doing so, the school provides a valuable lesson to students and the community. Those who believe they will be offended don't have to see it. Or they could see it with an open mind and take a chance on being pleasantly surprised.


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