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Gay Themes Lead to High School Banning Monty Python Play

Monty Python has been banned from telvision and protested at movie theaters. Now, the comedy group can add a small high school in Pennsylvania to the list of places where its work is not welcome.

Normally the protests involve the religious themes openly mocked in the movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. In this case, it's the alleged homosexual content of another work by the British group that has led to controversy.

Officials at South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School have deemed the comedy troupe's musical "Spamalot" "too racy for students," according to Scranton, PA, ABC affiliate WNEP.

Homosexual themes are the reason it's considered racy, according to the school’s drama director, Dawn Burch, The Daily Caller reported.

Part of the musical involves Sir Lancelot’s outing as a gay man, and later, Lancelot marries Prince Herbert.

Burch claimed she received an email from the high school principal explaining that homosexuality is something that doesn’t happen in the conservative area served by the school. (The principal, Jesse Smith, according to the school’s Web page, did not corroborate that his email said this.)

School district superintendent Mark Stamm told WNEP the decision was made in an effort to avoid controversy.

“We want our performances to be appropriate for the student performers and audiences so that anyone participating or watching can enjoy all aspects of the show,” Stamm told the station.

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