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Is a play about a transsexual Jesus art... or blasphemy?

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Graham Stewart | 10:12 UK time, Thursday, 5 November 2009

About 300 protesters held a candlelit protest outside a Glasgow theatre over the staging of a play which portrays Jesus as a transsexual. The protest was held outside the Tron Theatre, where "Jesus, Queen of Heaven" -- in which Christ is a transsexual woman -- is being staged.

It is part of the Glasgay! arts festival, a celebration of Scotland's gay, bi-sexual and transsexual culture. Festival organisers said it had not intended to incite or offend anyone.

Glasgay! producer Steven Thomson said: "Jesus Queen of Heaven is a literary work of fiction exploring the artist's own personal journey of faith as a transgendered person. This work is not intended to incite or offend anyone of any belief system. However, we respect your right to disagree with that opinion."

Pastor Jack Bell, of the Zion Baptist Church in Glasgow, who took part in the protest, said: "You can't blaspheme God and use freedom of speech as an excuse for that. True biblical Christianity is becoming marginalised through political correctness. If this play had treated the prophet Mohammed in the same way there would have been a strong reaction from the Islamic community, but that just wouldn't happen."


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