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DUP bid to block ‘irreverent’ Bible comedy play

Cast members from the Reduced Shakespeare Company who are bringing 'The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)' to the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey

Cast members from the Reduced Shakespeare Company who are bringing 'The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)' to the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey

DUP councillors in Newtownabbey are proposing to ban an irreverent theatre production they deem offensive to Christians.

Free Presbyterian minister Rev Brian McClung has also called for the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s shows later this month to be cancelled.

Rev McClung described the Theatre at the Mill comedy, ‘The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged),’ as unacceptably hurtful to many Christians in the borough.

“We do believe that a similar production treating the Koran, or some other religion’s holy book, in a similar way, would never be hosted by you, as it would be so obviously offensive. Yet some evidently think that the Bible can be treated in this disrespectful fashion and be uniquely singled out for special derogatory treatment,” he said.

A video trailer on the theatre’s website describes the production as being “better than the book”.

DUP councillor Mandy Girvan, who is a member of the Free Presbyterian Church, raised the issue at a meeting of a Newtownabbey Borough Council arts sub group last night and is calling for the January 29 and 30 performances to be cancelled.

Speaking to the News Letter ahead of last night’s meeting Cllr Girvan said: “We are having a meeting tonight with Policy and Governance and I will be asking that the council pull it.”

Cllr Girvan said her DUP colleague Cllr Billy Ball had already raised objections to the shows, and added: “It shouldn’t be shown if it’s going against the Bible principles.”

 

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