The upcoming Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia includes one provocative show called Come Heckle Christ, in which a comedian will portray Jesus and invite people to jeer him. Could be funny, I suppose, depending on how talented the comedian is. But a Catholic archbishop is demanding that the government stop the show from going on.
Archbishop Philip Wilson sent a letter to Mr Weatherill on Thursday, asking him to intervene. He also sent a letter to SA parishes on Friday outlining his concerns and asked for these to be read during Mass over the weekend.
“While I am a strong advocate for freedom of speech and supporter of the arts, I believe this production is extremely offensive to people of any religious persuasion and insulting to many South Australians,” Archbishop Wilson wrote.
“It is outrageous and inappropriate for this sort of anti-Christian, blasphemous performance to be included in a public festival such as the Fringe.”
TICKET sales for controversial Adelaide Fringe show Come Heckle Christ have increased by about 60 per cent since Christian groups began voicing opposition to the act at the weekend .
However, the Islamic Society of South Australia added its support to the Catholic Church’s call to cancel the show.
Islamic Society of SA secretary Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy said it would be “blasphemy if a person dressed to show himself as the Prophet Mohammed”.
“All the Muslims around the world share the same believe that any acts or reference to depict any of the Abrahamic faiths’ prophets is a blasphemy and it is not acceptable,” Dr Alkhazrajy said.
Then you shouldn’t go see it. And then you should shut the fuck up.