THIS image is far more blasphemous than Corpus Christi is… reflect on the fact that some konvertsy bishops and priests want to ally the Church with crackbrained “Evangelicals” who create such rubbish. That being said, Corpus Christi isn’t healthy… truly, it’s counter-factual, isn’t it? All things have “levels”… the above is WORSE than Corpus Christi because it pretends to be “Christian“… interesting, that, no?
After weeks of protests by Greek Orthodox clergy and Greek rightwing groups, the public procurator‘s office in Athens filed charges of blasphemy against the actors and the director and producer of an American play that depicted Jesus Christ and his Apostles as gay. According to Reuters, the team behind Corpus Christi, a 1997 play by American playwright Terrence McNally, faced charges of “insulting religion” and “malicious blasphemy”, based on a lawsuit by Metropolitan Seraphim Mentzenopoulos of Piraeus against those involved in the play. Albanian-born director Laertis Vasiliou said, “What I see is that there are people who’ve robbed the country blind who aren’t in jail and the prosecutor turns against art”, referring to tax evaders and others blamed for driving Greece to near-bankruptcy. On Friday, police had the task of identifying production and cast members. If proven guilty, the defendants could face several months in prison.
Reuters reported that when the play opened at the Hytirio Theatre in downtown Athens last month, demonstrators, including members of Greece’s Neofascist Golden Dawn party, blocked the entrance and clashed with police. The party opposes immigration and calls for deportation of anyone who isn’t Greek-born. The play’s organisers said in a statement, “It wasn’t our intention to provoke ‘religious sentiment’ or to create tensions”. The Greek Reporter said that critics were comparing the attacks on the play to the prosecution of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral. The co-ruling Democratic Left party described Greek blasphemy laws as “anachronistic” and called for their revision.
Reuters quoted Petros Constantinou, head of the United Against Racism and Fascist Violence Movement, as saying, “It’s the bullies and the neo-Nazis clashing outside the theatre who should be put on the stand and not the actors. The government’s panicking, and it’s looking to the far-right for crutches”. Constantinou described the decision as a “glorification of the Dark Ages“. Written in 1997 and first staged in New York in 1998, the play depicts Jesus and the Apostles as gay men living in modern-day Texas. In the play, Judas betrays Jesus because of sexual jealousy, and Jesus administers gay marriage between two apostles.
17 November 2012