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Northern Ireland: Bible comedy play banned on accusations of blasphemy

28 January 2014

A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago was cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

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Northern Ireland’s Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ni Chuilín expressed disapointment about the cancellation and said she supported the ‘right to freedom of expression’.

“I am saddened that audiences here will not be offered the opportunity to see the performance and judge for themselves the virtues of the show,” Ms Ni Chuilín added.


» See on www.independent.co.uk


More information about this incident

BBC News – 25 January 2014:
Banned play: Arts minister ‘saddened’ by council decision

The Independent – 23 January 2014:
Reduced Shakespeare Company banned: Unionist council smites Bible comedy

The Raw Story / Agence France-Presse – 23 January 2014:
Northern Ireland town bans ‘blasphemous’ Bible comedy play

BBC News – 23 January 2014:
Newtownabbey theatre: Bible play cancelled after council row


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