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New HBO Series Presents Not-So-Angelic Agenda

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Published: Dec 09, 2003

New HBO Series Presents Not-So-Angelic Agenda

HBO's latest film, Angels in America, is a two-part, multi-hour production that aired Sunday and Monday nights and will continue being broadcast all week.

Angels is based on the Tony Kushner play about the American homosexual experience. I didn't want to watch it, but I did, and must admit it is one of the most effective pieces of propaganda I have encountered.

Gays and lesbians are portrayed as victims -- not of their own choices but of Republicans and specifically the Reagan administration during whose second term the drama is set.

British actor Emma Thompson plays an angel appointed to anoint a man dying of AIDS and deliver the message that he has been chosen as a prophet to lead the way, ala John the Baptist. Another primary character is a Mormon man who struggles with his sexual identity before yielding to homosexuality.

Thompson told USA Today: I think that in the same way Shakespeare reinvented the human being for us, (Kushner) reinvents the sacred for us in Angels. It's very healing.

One problem: Kushner is not God, who spoke through Paul in Romans 1:24-32 about what happens when people dishonor their bodies by choosing to live a homosexual lifestyle. Simply put, the movie is blasphemous propaganda.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

New HBO Series Presents Not-So-Angelic Agenda