Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

DUP deputy mayor right to take stance on play ban

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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