LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A group of Christian protesters in Scotland has called on police to prosecute a theater company for blasphemy because it is putting on a play about a gay Jesus.
"If there is a blasphemy like this, Christians have to stand up," said Stephen Green of Christian Voice who protested outside a theatre showing Terence McNally's controversial play "Corpus Christi" at St Andrews University.
"Jesus Christ is being portrayed here as a foul-mouthed, drunken, promiscuous homosexual and that is an insult to my faith," Green told BBC Radio.
But the play's director, Zsuzsi Lyndsay, defended the production: "He is not portrayed as a drunken foulmouth. He doesn't say one bad word throughout the play."
Christian Voice was not placated. It has formally lodged a complaint with police, arguing that the American playwright's work was blasphemous. No decision has been taken yet.
Can someone actually be charged in with Blasphemy in Scotland?
Either way should Blasphemy be part of civil or criminal law, whatever country one is in?
I know that it is a crime in some islamic countries and the penalties have been harsh. This is not a judgement of those cultures, just raising it before someone makes a "look at what these people do" comment
My opinion is that people have the right to not go see these kind of shows, and the right to condem them, however they don't have the right to stop them. Blasphemy should not be part of law.
If this jesus fellow exists and he is indeed going to return I say he should do it now and sue if he is offended