Just as we were discussing offence, blasphemy and Islam, a reminder that hard-line Muslims are not the only enemies of free speech. Index on Censorship reports that The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been forced to cancel its production of The Bible because of complaints from religious groups.
What is ironic is that the complaints about the play and its subsequent cancellation actually harm Christianity! The bible is a huge bloody great book with hundreds of characters and stories. Most of them are obscure and little known. We’ve all heard of Adam and Eve… but the completionist approach of the Reduced Shakespeare Company production would have thrust some of the lesser known biblical figures into the limelight.