Greek Neo-Nazis Protest Gay Jesus Play ‘Corpus Christi’
Police in Athens Thursday night detained 30 people during a violent protest by the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn of the gay-themed play Corpus Christi.
In addition to blocking entry to the playhouse, the group also reportedly beat their opposition while the police turned their backs.
Penned by Terrence McNally in 1998, Corpus Christi has always been controversial because of McNally’s casting of Jesus and the Apostles as gay men in Texas, a plot device Greece’s Golden Dawn and dozens of other groups over the years have called “blasphemous.”
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“This is a blasphemous play,” Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Panagiotaros said. He also launched into a tirade against gay people and Alabanians, because the play’s director is Albanian, according to the South African Independent.
Leftist lawmaker Petros Tatsopoulo described the showdown as a “night of terror,” telling reporters, “Golden Dawn members twisted the doors so the actors could not get out, and to keep [help] from getting in.”