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Gyrate
01-24-2014, 07:18 AM
In a "life imitates Father Ted" move, Newtownabbey Borough Council (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/comedy-bible-play-axed-after-evangelical-christians-in-dup-complain-it-mocks-their-religion-29944471.html) has cancelled a two-night run of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's show 'The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)' at the Theatre at the Mill, which is run by the council.DUP councillor Billy Ball had demanded the production was cancelled, claiming the play makes a mockery of the Bible and Christianity.

"This is supposed to be a Christian nation and we are allowing the Bible to be mocked and slated," he said. "Our parliaments are sworn under it, the courts offer an oath on the Bible, if that's your religious choice.

"Christians can be slagged for their beliefs and I can take that, I don't mind that, but when it comes to the Bible that's different, it's sacred."Councillor Ball has, of course, not seen the show, which has run for almost 20 years in several countries, including across America and in Jerusalem, with nary a serious complaint. Some religious leaders have actually used the show to teach Bible stories. But no, the godfearing folk of the DUP know best what God wants.

Needless to say, wider reaction has been risible. Derision at the sheer reactionary idiocy of the move is widespread (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/bible-spoof-play-ban-makes-northern-ireland-a-laughing-stock-29946077.html), and #ThouShaltNotLaugh is trending high on Twitter at the moment.

Meanwhile the rest of the tour of England, Scotland and Wales is now selling out at a rapid pace, so the RSC are laughing both literally and figuratively.

njtt
01-24-2014, 08:03 AM
It is kind of depressing that that could happen in the UK (even if it is our Bible Belt, Northern Ireland). I thought bullshit like this only happened in America. :(

It is the first I have heard of the show, and I sort of want to see it myself now. Those guys are pretty funny.

SanVito
01-24-2014, 08:16 AM
Ah, the DUP never let us down. If they weren't such hateful bigots they'd be quite funny, like UKIP.

Gyrate
01-24-2014, 08:34 AM
I've seen the Shakespeare and America shows, and snippets of the Bible show. The opening of the Bible show is indeed pretty funny. And nothing I've seen or heard of it suggests a blasphemous approach.

C K Dexter Haven
01-24-2014, 01:51 PM
It is kind of depressing that that could happen in the UK (even if it is our Bible Belt, Northern Ireland). I thought bullshit like this only happened in America. :(Hah, just a reminder that, while America certainly has a large share of idiots, we're not unique. BTW, their Complete Shakespeare (abridges) is one of the funniest shows we've seen.

An Gadaí
01-24-2014, 02:10 PM
The DUP are such a pack of dickheads.

Nava
01-24-2014, 04:59 PM
It's a good thing they'll never be able to understand "the Bible told to the Basque": their bunched underwear would strangle them to death.

Excerpt from Chapter 1:
In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth, and said God "let there be life", and then God created Antxon, and for Antxon created He paradise, aka the Basque Eden. But then God saw that Antxon was unhappy. Said God:
"Antxon, I need one of your ribs."
"A rib? To cook some beans?"
"No, to create some more people so you won't be lonely."
"More people? :dubious: Well, then make it three of them, and make sure they bring dry chick peas so we can play some cards, hey?"

Manduck
01-24-2014, 05:18 PM
Down with this sort of thing! (http://www.neverpaintagain.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/down-with-this-sort-of-thing.jpg)

thelurkinghorror
01-24-2014, 05:31 PM
I saw just the headline on another website the other day, and I immediately thought: "I bet it's the fucking DUP." We all know we got our Presbyterians, not the most liberal sect*. The DUP is run by SuperPresbyterians, who probably think Pat Robertson needs to stop being so permissive about everything. And the Pope drinks British babies' blood.



*There are also Quantum Presbyterians, who tend to be more permissive, and don't take sides in NI politics, all humans being equally puny.

An Gadaí
01-24-2014, 05:50 PM
My friend RTed this on twitter earlier:
"Things DUP oppose:
Abortion
Theatre
The gays
Acknowledging science
Themuns
The gays (different reason)
Shopping (Sunday)
Nightlife (Mon-Sun)"

Carl Corey
01-24-2014, 09:39 PM
My friend RTed this on twitter earlier:
"Things DUP oppose:
Abortion
Theatre
The gays
Acknowledging science
Themuns
The gays (different reason)
Shopping (Sunday)
Nightlife (Mon-Sun)"

Themuns?

Zakalwe
01-24-2014, 10:42 PM
Themuns?Them'uns. You know, different people not from here and definitely not us'uns.

If you were from the US South you would have gotten it immediately. ;)

An Gadaí
01-25-2014, 08:23 AM
I think in the context it means Roman Catholics. :)

Carl Corey
01-25-2014, 08:36 PM
Ah. Thanks.

Kenm
01-25-2014, 08:48 PM
Why not glue signs at 45-degree angles over the playbills, screaming Banned in Newtownabbey!!

It'll be a licence to print money.

Gyrate
01-26-2014, 05:12 PM
Why not glue signs at 45-degree angles over the playbills, screaming Banned in Newtownabbey!!

It'll be a licence to print money.They don't really need to - it's getting a lot of press and internet circulation all by itself, although judging by the Twitter activity they're happy to keep it going. Perhaps for future tours though. As noted in the various articles about it, members of the Irish Supreme Court came to an earlier tour of the show and proclaimed it "Juvenile but not blasphemous", which they have indeed included in their promotional material.

It looks likely now that they will indeed perform in NI at some later date to be arranged, although not at the original theatre. Funnily enough they actually came to Newtownabbey to do the tech rehearsals for the non-show, simply because everything had already been booked tour-wise. Sadly the rehearsals were not open to the public.

rowrrbazzle
01-27-2014, 02:02 AM
They should the Koran instead. I'm sure nobody would object to that.

Nava
01-27-2014, 02:26 AM
They should the Koran instead. I'm sure nobody would object to that.

There's a big difference: I can call my brother a moron because he's my brother, but if you call him a moron I'll call you names in three languages.

Gyrate
01-27-2014, 03:47 AM
They should the Koran instead. I'm sure nobody would object to that.Their rather sensible response to that is:

1) Unlike the Bible, they don't know anything about the Koran;
2) No one would want to see that show even if they wrote one, so there's no point in writing a show they know would be commercially unsuccessful; and
3) You're perfectly welcome to write one yourself if you think one is needed.

I think this fictional version of John Cleese says it best. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j--0gzT2rk)

bucketybuck
01-27-2014, 04:35 AM
I knew nothing about this story until I seen the thread title, and I immediately thought "Unionist". They really are a bunch of morons.

Gyrate
01-27-2014, 04:39 AM
I knew nothing about this story until I seen the thread title, and I immediately thought "Unionist". They really are a bunch of morons.Yep - a party claiming the mantle of moral decency with Peter Robinson at the helm pretty much destroys its own credibility.

#DUrP

TBG
01-27-2014, 06:49 PM
I know nothing of it but the title, but I'd ban it just for using Complete and (abridged) together that way.

Gyrate
01-28-2014, 04:52 AM
I know nothing of it but the title, but I'd ban it just for using Complete and (abridged) together that way.That is, as they say, "the joke".

But never mind that, because they've been unbanned! Apparently the good folk of Newtownabbey got tired of the entire Western world pointing and laughing at them and agreed to let the show go ahead. The theatre website promptly crashed in the rush to buy tickets.

I suspect the overwhelming audience reaction will be "This is what the fuss was about?". I mean, I'm sure it's a hilarious show but it's not exactly "Piss Christ on Ice" or anything.

bienville
01-28-2014, 05:45 AM
I mean, I'm sure it's a hilarious show but it's not exactly "Piss Christ on Ice"

THAT I would pay to see.

Gyrate
01-28-2014, 05:56 AM
THAT I would pay to see.

Yellow ice, natch.

scabpicker
01-28-2014, 07:03 AM
It is kind of depressing that that could happen in the UK (even if it is our Bible Belt, Northern Ireland). I thought bullshit like this only happened in America. :(



Woohoo! It wasn't us being ridiculous and fundamentalist this time! For friggin' once!

<throws cowboy hat in the air>

Carl Corey
01-28-2014, 09:23 PM
You know, I never thought of Funkytown as a fundamentalist place.

scabpicker
01-28-2014, 10:06 PM
Ok, that's been confusing one time too many. Clarified. :)

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