Czech archbishops denounce Brno festival play

Czech Cardinal Dominik Duka has condemned a theatre festival in the Czech second city, Brno, from featuring the play ‘Our Violence, Your Violence.’ And as a result the church has said it will not take part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia.

In his letter on behalf of other bishops, Duka said the play was a sell out of Christianity and its ideals and an insult to all Czechs and Christians as well as Muslims.

The church says the play, by director Oliver Frljic, involves a scene where Jesus Christ rapes a Muslim woman. The theatre festival has resisted demands the play be withdrawn from the programme.