COMEDIAN Richard Herring, 43,Â has been branded “blasphemous” and “vulgar” for his portrayal of biblical characters in his stand-up show Christ On a Bike – The Second Coming which is currently touring Britain.
Christians living in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk, have slammed the show, and groups are now planning to picket local theatres hosting the stand-up gig in protest against its content, according to this report.
The Reverend Kyle Paisley, from Oulton Broad Presbyterian Church, Suffolk, slammed Herring’s humour as “infantile”.
When I looked at the flyer, I marked three things – the vulgarity, the blasphemy and the downright dishonesty of the man.We’re just using our right as Christians to say how we feel.
He blathered on:
It’s infantile. The continual reference to sexual things makes it manifest that Richard Herring hasn’t got out of puberty yet.
And church youth worker Matthew Pickhaver added:
We plan to peacefully stand outside the theatre and give out a simple tract about the real Jesus.
Herring first toured with Christ On A Bike in 2001 and will be performing at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre on 28 April this year.
The comedian describes his stand-up routine as a humorous look at Jesus:
Writing on his blog Herring hit back at his critics by describing them as “backward”.
Combining childlike guile with rigorous academic research.
Some of the more backward people of East Anglia (and imagine how backward that must make them) are planning on protesting, which is probably great news, as that is the one that is selling about the worst so far.
Meanwhile, we learn that a controversial artwork that depicts Jesus immersed in urine has been vandalisedÂ at the Lambert Collection Museum of Contemporary Art in Avignon. Piss Christ is a photograph taken by Andres Serrano of Jesus submerged in urine.
The attack took place not long after more than 800 protesters descended on the exhibition, forcing a temporary closure of the museum which has since reopened with tighter security.
Frederic Mitterand, who is the French culture minister, described the incident as:
An attack on the freedom of creation.
The tedious, overworked response from Richard Henley Davis, the Christian author of this report of the incident was:
I wonder what his position would be if there was such an image offered for exhibition with an image of the prophet Prophet Muhammad covered in urine (or General Charles De Gaulle maybe)?