Church protests ‘blasphemous’ play

Church protests ‘blasphemous’ play

SINGING hymns and handing out leaflets, a barmy bunch of Free Presbyterian Church this week tried to persuade people who had flocked to see The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) that the show was “blasphemous” and ought never to have been staged.

Indeed, the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s take on the Bible almost didn’t make it to the Theatre At The Mill in Newtownabbey. Members of Newtownabbey council’s artistic board pulled it following complaints from the DUP.

But following an outcry over this ridiculous act of censorship, the board decided to reverse its ban – a decision ratified by the full council.

This infuriated the Rev Brian McClung (inset, above) of the Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church and administrator of Newtownabbey Independent Christian School, who handed over a letter of protest to Newtownabbey Borough Council, and declared:

Primarily we are here tonight to stand up for the honour of God’s word. We believe this play mocks the word of God.

We are offended because people are mocking the scriptures and we are here to show our offense. Supposedly the council and society is to have regard for minorities, but they don’t seem to have much regard for evangelical Christians when it comes to things like this.

On Wednesday, the first night of the two-night sold-out show, not a single protester was present. The group explained this was because the opening clashed with their weekly church meeting.

McClung described it as “perverse human nature” that the play had sold so many tickets since opposition was raised.

Audience member Glenn Mayes said it would have set a dangerous precedent if the DUP had been allowed to tell the public what they could and couldn’t watch. He growled:

If I want to come see it, I’ll come see it.

In 2011, McClung banded together a posse of Free Presbyterians to protest against the 40th anniversary performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

Wrote McClung on his Sound of An Alarm blog:

Around 400 specially prepared leaflets highlighting the slanderous attack upon the person and work of Jesus Christ contained in this ‘rock opera’, were distributed to people attending the final day’s performance.

After the leaflets were distributed a short service was held following the protest. After the singing of the hymn: I am not ashamed to own my Lord or to defend His cause, Rev David McLaughlin (Carryduff FPC) led in prayer.

I then spoke on John 5:22,23: For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Hat Tip: BarrieJohn

17 responses to “Church protests ‘blasphemous’ play”

  1. barriejohn says:

    I love these Irish brethren. These two wankers are attempting to sing the hymn mentioned above, which I remember well!

  2. barriejohn says:

    It’s at 2:00, BTW.

    I’m not ashamed to own my lord
    Or to defend his cause;
    Maintain the honour of his word,
    The glory of his name.

    Chorus: At the cross, at the cross,
    Where I first saw the light,
    And the burden of my heart rolled away –
    It was there by grace I received my sight
    and now I am happy all the day.


  3. Angela_K says:

    “Supposedly the council and society is to have regard for minorities….”

    Christians a minority? Don’t this lot always overstate their number of followers, adding the “nones” to bolster the figures and always whinging about it being a “Christian Country” I’m surprised Birdshit Green wasn’t amongst the protesters.

  4. barriejohn says:

    “I’m surprised Stephen Green wasn’t among the protesters.”

    Funny you should mention him, Angela, as his little sideprick, Robin, has been praising Vladimir Pukin for his “pro-Christian policies” yet again:

    If you look on McClung’s pathetic blog you’ll see that he is also very hot about homosexuals (ooh, matron!).

  5. barriejohn says:

    Irish Presbyterian Moderator a Bible denier!

    Rev Ivan Patterson, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, speaking on the Sunday Sequence programme yesterday [22nd Jan] in response to being asked if homosexual people would be condemned to hell by God, replied: No I don’t believe that … I have no reason to believe that this is the case…

    It is hard to comprehend how any man who claims to be a minister of the gospel can with such a cavalier attitude deny the plain teaching of the Word of God and argue that those who practice these sins must have a place within the church…

    It is surely long past time for evangelicals to leave a denomination whose denominational leader makes such statements about sin.

    I wonder what else he doesn’t believe in? Does he believe in the doctrine of eternal punishment? Does he believe in hell as a place at all? Does he believe in fire in hell or is he like Billy Graham and others on that point too?

    See what I mean?

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    Rev. McClung: I am offended by Deuteronomy 13:6-10. Plenty of other passages in your Bible too, but let’s start with that one. Can you please do something about that? Thanks.

    “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.”

    PS: If you need to do as your Lord and God commands I’m sure there are people of different religions near you that you can kill, but if you’re completely out of luck come on over any time and try your best. I live in Portland, Oregon USA.

  7. Paul Cook says:

    I don’t think McClung is properly quoted and has typing errors and mistakes.

    This is the correct version.

    “Primarily we are here tonight for stand up comedy for the humour honour of God’s word, not that he speaks to any one any more, but his original jokes were funny. We hope and pray this play mocks the word of God as the word of god doesn’t exist and was actually written by men. About 4000 years ago and and and and.

    We are not offended because people are mocking the scriptures as they are untrue fantasy stories written by goat herders before they had written documents and a written text and we are here to show our defence of free speech. Why should the council and society have regard for minorities who are stark-raving mad believing in all this rubbish, they should all be locked up. ”


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  9. barriejohn says:

    I’ve just had another look at McClusky’s blog (I reckon that “alarm” is probably the sond of an enormous fart, actually), and noticed that “homosexuality” has 26 threads (and “sodomy” 30), far outstripping any other topic bar “stats” (33) and “end times” (25). They’re fucking obsessed with it!

  10. charlie says:

    @ Paul Cook, excellent rewrite sir.
    @ Trevor Blake, he can always stop here in central Louisiana on his way to Oregon if he has any balls. If he did, there may not be much of him to bother you left though. I survived combat in Vietnam as a Marine, this clown would be too easy to defend against even with my disabilities.
    What fools these clowns are. And what is with the supposed “minority” status of these xtians in the UK or the US of A? They all seem to claim both countries as “xtian nations”.
    They want it both ways, to rule over us and be treated special as a minority. No, that is most illogical there Rev.
    Organized religion has done more to create mental health problems than almost anything else in this life.

  11. Shiny shoes says:

    Nasty nasty, immoral, bigoted, hateful, divisive, intolerant, retarded, thick, appalling, credulous, unthinking, emotionally stunted, narrow minded, parasitical, leeching, retrograde, selfish, dangerous, primitive fools. What other filth dwells in the constipated minds of these evil jerks. Religion….the prime mover for all the strife in the world. These people like many other pious loons featuring on this website should be either sectioned as mentally ill or prosecuted, tried and found guilty for crimes against humanity. As long as these freeloading bastards are allowed to walk free there is a real threat to the future of humanity. If they don’t like the play then fuck off and don’t bother watching it. And they need to learn to keep their snotty over picked noses out of the business of other people. I bet many of those in the picture toss themselves stupid over internet porn then pray to god for forgiveness. Sinners all. If god is so important to them then why don’t they have the balls to commit suicide and move themselves closer him.

  12. 1859 says:

    The above picture gives me some comfort – most look like they’ll soon be fertilising the grass and flowers in their local graveyard. And for this I thank the advances in liberal education for making young people open-minded, critical, rational and ….irreligious. The more we can get young people to question such numbing narrow-mindedness the better. Come on Ireland! – Get these bigots underground!

  13. AgentCormac says:

    OT, but it seems that St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society, the Glasgow-based adoption agency run by the lovely Catholic Church in Scotland, has won an appeal against a decision to strip it of its charitable status. The Society had been told by the Scottish Charity regulator it was to lose its status over its refusal to place children with same-sex couples, but now the decision has been overturned by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.

  14. barriejohn says:

    1859: And the women are outnumbered by about four to one. You can be sure that they aren’t allowed to voice THEIR opinions in Mr McClunk’s church:

    While a woman cannot hold the teaching/oversight office there is still much that she can do for God by way of valuable and important service to Him within the Church.

    Yeah, sure, heard it all before!

  15. barriejohn says:

    Oh, no; here’s another case.

    What on earth is the matter with these people?

  16. barfly says:

    I have just seen this play advertised at the local arts centre in Kettering Feb 22 the really funny thing is the Kettering arts centre is in a church the vicar helps to run the place. I am going to book a ticket must be worth a night out.