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Melbourne bishop challenges Govt to stop funding gays
    Melbourne Archdiocesan Vicar General Bishop Denis Hart has called on the Victorian Government to withdraw funding from an allegedly blasphemous event at the city's Gay and Lesbian Arts Festival.
    Religious groups were planning to picket last night's premiere of 'Corpus Christi', a stage play that depicts Christ and his disciples as homosexual.
    "If a play was mocking the beliefs of religious minorities such as Jews, Muslims or Buddhists, it would not be tolerated," Bishop Hart said.
    The Bracks Government on Tuesday defended $50,000 in government funding for the festival. The Herald-Sun newspaper yesterday quoted a government spokesman who suggests funding for gay and lesbian interests is more extensive than commonly believed: "We would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the gay and lesbian community - possibly millions."