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Bible play censorship row: Critics angry at ban

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) was banned from performing at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey.

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) was banned from performing at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey.

An outspoken critic of the ban on a Newtownabbey theatre production has said he is angry at the attack on his “British values”.

UUP councillor Mark Cosgrove said: “My British values, and my Christian values, are tolerance and mutual respect.

“The number one show at Christmas in the whole of the United Kingdom was Mrs Brown’s Boys.

“I know plenty of constituents who find the language in that particular programme offensive, but 10 million watched it.

“When Dave Allen was on, you couldn’t have got anyone who was more irreverent, or more mocking of aspects of the Bible. Did the world collapse? I think it is a very slippery road to go down. I view it as political interference in stuff that isn’t our job.”

Comedian Jake O’Kane has also expressed his anger. He claimed the vast majority of people in Newtownabbey have been “humiliated” by the ban.

“They weren’t elected to be moral guardians. We elected them to empty our bins, make sure the leisure centres were open – that’s the powers they have,” he added.

 

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