Voices from Russia

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Jesus Christ Superstar Dropped in Russia Church Row

No matter how you say it, “no” means “no”, and all the supercilious caterwauling by Westerners and their sycophantic hangers-on won’t change it. You can’t dictate to others what they’ll allow or not… didn’t Innocence of Muslims teach us ANYTHING?

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A theatre in Rostov-on-Don, a city of one million in the Southern Federal District in Russia, dropped a production of Jesus Christ Superstar after protests by Orthodox Christians. A Russian company was due to stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera at the Rostov Philharmonic next month. Protesters complained that the opera projected the “wrong” image of Christ. News of the cancellation baffled members of the cast and caused indignation among commentators wary of Church interference in public life. According to the Rostov Times, local Russian Orthodox protesters lodged a complaint with the local Prokuratura and wrote a letter to the management of the Philharmonic. Citing a “new law protecting the rights of believers”, they described the musical as a “profanation” and said that any such production should be submitted to the Russian Orthodox Church (sic) for approval.

It’s unclear to which law the protesters were referring. The lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, the RF Gosduma, is currently considering a bill that would make it a crime to offend the “religious feelings of citizens”. This year, religious sensitivities became a real political issue in Russia, with the prosecution and jailing of three punk musicians from the band Pussy Riot for performing a political protest song inside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Popular Russian blogger Rustem Adagamov said in a tweet that “Orthodox philistines” cancelled the musical. The award-winning rock opera made its Broadway debut in 1971 and has since been performed across the world, with several film versions produced. Russian theatres have staged it for more than two decades.

29 September 2012

BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19769034

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