For release: Sunday 2 February 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby has questioned the use of taxpayers' money to subsidise so-called art aimed at denigrating religion.

The South Australian Government and Adelaide City Council sponsorship of a Fringe Festival event entitled 'Come Heckle Christ' is inappropriate according to the ACL's South Australia spokesperson Dan Flynn.

The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, was right to urge people to complain about the production, Mr Flynn said, and ACL would encourage its supporters to do the same.

"While ACL supports freedom of speech and most Christians are very tolerant when it comes to public attacks on their faith, 'Come Heckle Christ' had gone too far, particularly as it is partially funded by the public purse," Mr Flynn said.

"In a tolerant society there is room for disagreement and debate but respect for religion should be encouraged."

Mr Flynn noted that advertising material for the production described the crucifixion of Christ as a "fairy-tale" despite the fact that no serious historian believes that.