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Protest at venue staging 'transgender Jesus' show

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/11/2015

The cape-wearing protesters outside the Black Box yesterday
The cape-wearing protesters outside the Black Box yesterday

Protesters mounted a picket in Belfast yesterday outside a showing of a controversial play depicting Jesus as a transgender woman.

Around a dozen protesters were in the Cathedral Arts Quarter yesterday afternoon as The Gospel According to Jesus Christ Queen of Heaven was screened at The Black Box as part of the Outburst Queer Arts Festival.

The showing of a recording of a previous performance of the play went ahead despite some calls for it be cancelled. Organisers said the event was sold out.

Most protesters were from the Irish Society for Christian Civilisation and several wore red capes as they stood in front of a banner which read: "Enough is Enough. Stop blaspheming Our Lord Jesus Christ."

On their website, the Christian organisation described the play as blasphemous and added: "Just the title should fill us with indignation."

But criticisms of the play invariably come from "people who had never seen it," its writer said.

Jo Clifford said: "The play imagines a transgender Jesus coming back to the world today. She pitches a sermon and tells a few very familiar gospel stories." Yesterday, festival director Ruth McCarthy posted a picture of the protesters and wrote: "And so it begins x".

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