Russian city bans production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, under the weight of complaints from Orthodox Christians, has blocked a production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been pulled before a performance in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don following complaints from Orthodox Christians. The believers claim the production is in breach of a controversial new religious offense law…. “In our view the image of Christ presented in the opera is incorrect. If they want to stage a play about the life of the Savior, they should first clear it with the local church authority,” one of the offended believers told Life News….

The religious offense law was drafted in the wake of performance group Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer” in Moscow’s central cathedral earlier this year…. The bill calls for up to three years’ imprisonment for disrespecting religious sensibilities and is currently being discussed in the Duma.

The city’s administration has instructed the local theater to stop selling tickets for the production….

Speech must be cleared by the church authority?  That’s a scary thought.

And the religious sensibilities law, which would carry a penalty of three years in prison for offending the sensibilities of the religious (the offense of everybody else on every other subject is apparently not a subject of concern), is actually only under consideration at this point, which means the officials in Rostov-on-Don have overstepped their bounds.

Who needs the laws of man when you have your religious commands for how other people must live?

Besides, we all know that Tim Minchin is the real superstar.

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