Belfast Telegraph

Monday 3 August 2015

DUP deputy mayor right to take stance on play ban

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 27/01/2014 | 01:30

The unseemly row rumbles on over the banning by Newtownabbey Borough Council of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's comedy based on the Bible, which makes the council itself a laughing-stock.

However, credit is due to the DUP deputy mayor, Dineen Walker, who has clashed with her party which condemned the ban.

This takes political courage within such a narrow-minded group. She was quite right to say that elected representatives should not censor artistic works unless they could possibly breach civil or criminal laws.

If some people feel that a play might be blasphemous, they can state their view by refusing to see it or to protest outside, rather than using censorship to ban the entire production.

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