Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Church removes "horrifying" crucifix

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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:
"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.


Michael McGrath said...

Ha ha! You really couldn't make this up!

Joe Hayhurst said...

This is very funny indeed! Maybe we should offer to design a new logo for Christianity. After all the current one is 2000 years old and could do with updating for these squeamish times!

Anonymous said...

If Jesus had been born in the 20th century would Christians of the future wear little electric chairs around their necks?

scottmaciver said...

This reminds me of Dogma. Where the Church get rids of the crucifix and replaces it with 'Buddy Christ'.

Anonymous said...

Over time religion has always had to evolve to survive. Once that happens, people forget the nasty bits.

Hermetically Sealed said...

"If Jesus had been born in the 20th century would Christians of the future wear little electric chairs around their necks?"

And if he were born in the 21st, he would be clad in a hooded orange suit.

It has always struck me as odd that a religion that views the torture and execution of its god has typically looked the other way for centuries regarding torture and capital punishment (as well as slavery). Quakers being probably the odd, consistent exception.

Patrick said...

From http://shareyourfaith.org/2009/01/st-john.html

Without an execution on the cross, we have no good news, nothing that can uplift us and inspire us (Galatians 6:14). It is only through the cross--and the suffering that occurred upon it, which was much worse than a statue could ever depict--that we can be reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:12-18). We must not refuse to "look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).