Views differ on decline of Passion Play

Eureka Springs policies, Branson competition cited

Posted: December 10, 2012 at 2:32 a.m.

The lights on the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs have been shut off as part of the forfeiture of The Great Passion Play property to Cornerstone Bank. The 7-story-tall statue, sculpted by Emmet Sullivan, was completed and dedicated in 1966.

Eureka Springs’ anti-tour bus and pro-gay reputation contributed to the closing of The Great Passion Play, an official said.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 9 on 12/10/2012

>Keith Butler, chairman of the nonprofit Elna M. Smith Foundation...

What a pathetic character. Your elders turn your religion into an entertainment venue and now you whine about it being subject to cycles, just like any other entertainment. Then it faced competition from other nearby entertainment venues. What sore losers.
Whine on.

Posted by: cdawg

December 10, 2012 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Passion Play Chairman, Keith Butler, should have put on his big boy pants and said the play closed due to a decline in tourism. That is enough said. He didn't mention that fact the play is outside and is canceled when it rains. If the play is started and the rain starts, no money is refunded. If a bus load of tourist come to town for a one night performance and it rains, the show is canceled. Then there is the American Family Association video, "They're Coming To Your Town" that show Eureka to be a den of homosexuals and says to boycott the town, in an underhanded way. The truth is the play can not compete with Branson and there is no need to day trip from Branson to Eureka like the bus tours did 20 years ago. In their last dying breath the hate of G.K. Smith has to be against gays.

Posted by: mufflerbylaw

December 10, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A tour bus reminds me of a dog tick bursting and and all the little seed ticks come out and scatter everywhere. Tour buses stink, the people in them stink, and the restrooms they use stink for a long time afterwards. Good for you Eureka Springs.

Posted by: JailBird

December 10, 2012 at 1:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Best thing that could happen to E.S. if for a native tribe to buy the land, exercise their privilege of casinos and turn the 700 acres into The Christ Casino and Redemption Hotel with walking trails and tennis courts.

Posted by: cdawg

December 10, 2012 at 2:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heh, Heh, Heh, good cdawg! Maybe they could get Paul and Jan Crouch to run it and Jim Baker as finance director.

Posted by: JailBird

December 10, 2012 at 3:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )