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Florida theme park offers bloody crucifixion performances
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Published: Tuesday August 7, 2007


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CNN's Sean Callebs reported Tuesday on a religious theme park in Orlando, Florida called "Holy Land Experience."

"The biggest attraction at Holy Land Experience is the crucifixion that you can see six days a week, as graphic and grim as possible," said Callebs, showing shots of a bloodied Jesus writhing on the cross, before interviewing the actor, who called the experience "humbling."

However, Callebs continued, "the performances, along with what's billed as the largest private collection of Biblical artifacts outside the Vatican, haven't been enough to keep the park out of debt." Holy Land Experience was $8 million behind and had almost been forced to close several times, before it was purchased this June by Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian television network. Since then, attendance is up, and the park has also won a battle to retain its tax-exempt status.

The following video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast on August 7.