"The crucifix expressed suffering, torment, pain and anguish. It was a scary image, particularly for children. Parents didn't want to walk past it with their kids, because they found it so horrifying. It wasn't a suitable image for the outside of a church wanting to welcome worshippers. In fact, it was a real put-off. We're all about hope, encouragement and the joy of the Christian faith. We want to communicate good news, not bad news, so we need a more uplifting and inspiring symbol than execution on a cross."The words of Rev Ewen Souter of St John's Church in Horsham, a vicar in a religious movement which centres on the execution of its key prophet in exactly the manner represented in that statue, and whose internationally-recognised logo is a minuature version of that particularly brutal method of execution. Oh, and did I mention that they pretend to drink that prophet's blood in Church on Sundays (in this case it's definitely pretend, even to them, as St John's is Anglican)? Now that's really something to scare the kids with.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
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The contradictions at work in this story are wonderful – the vicar of a church in Sussex has ordered the removal of a statue of the crucifixion on the following grounds: