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Australian prelate asks government to nix offensive show from festival

CWN - February 05, 2014

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has asked South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to remove a show called “Come Heckle Christ” from the upcoming Adelaide Fringe Festival, according to an Adelaide Advertiser report.

During the show, a comedian dressed as Jesus invites heckling from the audience.

“While I am a strong advocate for freedom of speech and supporter of the arts, I believe this production is extremely offensive to people of any ­religious persuasion and insulting to many South Australians,” said Archbishop Wilson. “It is outrageous and inappropriate for this sort of anti-Christian, blasphemous performance to be included in a public festival.”

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