In terms of subject matter, Anti-Christian plays and art have been seen before. Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" from 1987 was one of the earlier human-waste-Christ transpositions. Piss Christ, however, was attacked and broken in the Avignon Art Gallery in April 2011. In the case of Castellucci's work, perhaps the most controversial twist is to have children hurling objects at the image of Christ, which then oozes what appears to be fecal matter. It's not clear what the main drama was intended to be, the actions on the stage, or the protests by the largely Catholic public.
The play, "Sur le Concept du Visage du fils de Dieu" ("On the Concept of the Son of God's Face"), includes a very central theme of Christophobia, "in which projectiles are thrown at the face of Christ hanging onstage." It wasn't clear to me at first what the "projectiles" were, but they seem to be amorphous plastic forms, and, in the context of the play, it suggests that the children are (metaphorically somehow) tossing fecal matter at the hanging image. This tossing action helps the children to tangibly interact with the scatological narrative of the play.
The mayor of Paris said the government couldn't tolerate any public demonstrations against the play, "such expressions of fundamentalism and intolerance." But who is really being intolerant here? The Parisian government cannot tolerate public demonstrations by fundamentalist Christians, but this play, funded with public financing, seems quite intolerant of Christians. I doubt the openly gay mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delano, would tolerate a play wherein people threw things at images of homosexuals as a fecal-like substance proceeded to ooze out of the homosexual portraits. A Paris correspondent, Jeanne Smits, described some of the details of the second night of the performance in Paris on October 21:
"A few dozen young French Catholics chained themselves to the railings of the theater under the noses of three vanloads of riot police (“CRS”) who quickly closed in to dislodge them. Heavy-handedly using their bats and teargas, the armored police forces beat up the young people, handcuffed them and forced many of them flat on the ground."
Smits goes on in more detail about the play's narrative: "On the Concept of the Face of the Son of God is a scatological representation of an old man wracked with diarrhea whose son wipes and cleans him repeatedly on stage under a large reproduction of a Face of Christ by Antonello da Messina. Brown feces fill the stage – synthetic odor included -, the two actors leave the stage, then a dozen children carrying schoolbags make their appearance and throw plastic grenades at the image of Christ. The image later appears to crack up and a dark liquid similar to the feces seen earlier invades the face which is then covered with the words, “You are not my shepherd”. The following video shows the children hurling objects at Christ's image.
While blocking the show and pelting people with eggs are not necessarily the top Christian response to these types of problems, it's easy to understand why these demonstrators would be upset. The French government is becoming increasingly hostile towards the Christian community. If the French government has its way, it will imprison Christians who question the moral validity of homosexuality. The French government had in 2004 pushed for a law outlawing any remarks considered offensive to homosexuals. The Independent reported, "France to punish homophobic and sexist remarks with jail sentences" and outlined how the vote failed to pass by a slim margin.
In response to the French Christian protests, Romeo Castellucci stated, "I forgive them for they know not what they do … I forgive them because they are ignorant and their ignorance is much more arrogant and damaging because it involves faith." While Castellucci may feel magnanimous about his forgiving spirit, organizations in Belgium and France are urging people to sign a petition to stop the play.
While causing children to bombard Christ's image may seem harmless to Castellucci and others, Jesus touched on this type of subject and the evil nature of causing children to lose faith in God and to despise Christianity. Ultimately God will judge Castellucci, and he apparently won't judge him lightly:
"And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck."(Mark 9.4, NIV)
The article, Proof Moral Relativism is False, highlights why moral relativism is illogical and tends to create an increasingly totalitarian society. There are two spirits, the spirit of truth and the spirit of antichrist, as shown in 1 John 4:2-6. Which spirit do you follow and serve? For those of us who are Christians, we can pray for the salvation of artists like Romeo Castellucci and for the protection of the children he is attempting to indoctrinate with his art.
 Mail.com, Fundamentalist Christians protest at Paris theater, (http://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/802392-fundamentalist-christians-protest-paris-theater.html#.7518-stage-set2-10)
 Life Site News, French police brutality against Catholic demonstrators, (http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-police-brutality-against-catholic-demonstrators/)
 YouTube, Des catholiques contre la pièce de Castellucci, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0U89b76lsQ&feature=player_embedded)
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 Independent, France to punish homophobic and sexist remarks with jail sentences, (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-to-punish-homophobic-and-sexist-remarks-with-jail-sentences-681144.html)
 Guardian, Romeo Castellucci 'forgives' Christian protesters for interrupting play (http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/oct/25/romeo-castelluci-christian-protesters-play)
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