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North Ireland council bans Bible comedy play

Published on Jan 24, 2014 7:21 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A local council in Northern Ireland on Thursday announced the cancellation of a play based on the Bible following complaints by Christian conservatives that it was blasphemous.

"As the guardians of all that is right in society we have got to take a stand somewhere and that is what happened in this instance," explained Mr Fraser Agnew, the mayor of Newtownabbey, a suburb of north Belfast.

The council - which is run by the protestant Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) founded by the firebrand reverend Ian Paisley - took the decision to ban The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (Abridged), due to be staged in the Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey later this month, following complaints.

"Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston (the Hollywood actor)?" asked the California-based Reduced Shakespeare Company's production.

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