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God, Gays, and 'Bruno'

Alabama youth pastor shares faith in new film . . . sorta

The outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen pulled one over on an Alabama youth pastor while making his new comedy, Bruno, which opens in theaters on Friday.

Cohen, best known for playing the title role in 2006's Borat, plays a flamboyant homosexual Austrian fashionista in his new film, in which he dupes many into playing along with his con game–including Jody Trautwein, youth pastor at Point of Grace Ministries in Birmingham.

In an interview with Religion News Service, Trautwein admits he was duped, thinking that Cohen really was a gay man seeking counseling. In their time together, Trautwein told Cohen that faith in Christ could help lead him out of homosexuality, and even asked Cohen if he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart. Cohen's smarty-pants reply: "Are you hitting on me?"

Trautwein says he doesn't mind being the brunt of a joke as long as his message ends up in the movie: "It obviously turned out to be just deception and perversion, but the message in my heart is actually going to be shared ...

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