Vsevolod Chaplin urged the authorities to stop blasphemy in the arts
The Head of the Synodal Department of Church and Society, archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin urged the authorities to prohibit by law any manifestations of blasphemy in the arts, particularly in the theater, reports the Christian Telegraph invictory.com in reference to “Lentu.ru.”
The priest made this statement during the Christmas parliamentary meetings in the Federation Council, reports “Interfax.”
The archpriest noted that if in a play desecrated crucifix and sacred objects, and “blasphemy the name of Christ,” it violates not only the “law, which, thank God, acts in our country,” but it is “a violation of the supreme truth.” “It is a shame for our country and we can’t continue that, if in our country we have such plays and the authorities can’t make them stop even by the law,” said Chaplin.
The priest's words were a reaction to the speech of the Russian Public Foundation Natalia Solzhenitsyn Alexander Solzhenitsyn during the same event. She urged the ROC to condemn “tricks” of some Orthodox that lead to failures of plays.
Chaplin also said that he personally tries to influence the activity of Orthodox activists. “Some of those who have recently attacked people on the streets have become more restrained,” said the priest.
Chaplin, and Solzhenitsyn, are both talking about the same play of Oscar Wilde’s work “An Ideal Husband,” directed by Konstantin Bogomolov, at the Moscow Art Theatre. The performance has repeatedly been a subject of discussion of the Orthodox community and the archpriest. Chaplin previously criticized the play, noting that it is desecrate the symbol of the crucifixion, and the sacrament of imitation of marriage is connected with “the image of same-sex relationships or anything like that.” Did he watch the play or knows about it from hearsay, the priest didn’t comment.
In December 2013 two men who identify themselves as Orthodox activists disrupted the play “An Ideal Husband.” They ran onto the stage during a performance and started yelling that the statement is blasphemous and the audience should stop watching it. A fight started on the stage after which the activists had to go out of the hall. Currently, people can watch Konstantin Bogomolov performances at the big stage of MAT with the presence of security officers