Croatian Theatre Festival Included Play with Jesus Christ Rape Scene

Country: Croatia

Date of incident: April 22, 2017

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Arts / Private

A theater festival in Split was to include a controversial play which depicts Jesus Christ raping a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. This drew strong condemnation from Croatia's Catholic Church.

The play, entitled "Our Violence and Your Violence," by Croatian playwright Oliver Frljic focuses on Europe's refugee crisis and was performed in other Croatian cities, as well as in other European countries. The regional Archdiocese of Split called for its cancellation in a statement addressed to the Ministry of Culture, Split authorities, and the town's national theater, saying the play "offends God, man and nation" and urged "all those responsible ... to take steps that [the play] does not offend people and humiliate culture," adding that it had "already provoked local and international condemnation." The Split-Makarska Archdiocese said it was inundated with complaints from its disgusted members.  Source: Deutsche Welle