Protest held over ‘Jesus’ play

The Irish Society For Christian Civilisation group protests outside the Black Box in central Belfast
The Irish Society For Christian Civilisation group protests outside the Black Box in central Belfast
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A Catholic protest group held a demonstration in Belfast yesterday outside the showing of a play which depicted Jesus as transgender.

A video of the play - The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven - which has been written by transgender playwright Jo Clifford, was shown at the Black Box on Hill Street as part of Belfast’s Outburst Queer Arts Festival.

The website for the protestors - the Irish Society for Christian Civilisation - says it was formed by a group of Irish Catholics “concerned about the multiple crises shaking every aspect of Irish and European life”.

The organisation described the play as “blasphemous”, adding that “just the title should fill us with indignation” and commented that it has “already met with fury in Scotland where it made its debut”.

“The playwright, a ‘transgender’ man who goes by the name of Jo Clifford, is also the performer, who mocks the figure of Our Lord Jesus Christ by presenting Him as a ‘transgender/transvestite’. Disgusting!”

The group appealed for protestors to join them outside the Black Box for “a rosary of reparation” from 2.30pm until 3.30pm.

Rev Ian Brown, who now leads the late Rev Ian Paisley’s Free Presbyterian Church, Martyr’s Memorial, on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast, commented on the play on his blog, stating that “blasphemous caricatures of Christ and the blatant promotion of homosexual sin seem to travel hand in hand these days”.