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American religionists are up in arms about a milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, the semi-mythical figure upon whose deeds and sayings Christianity is largely based.
The six foot confection has raised the ire of The Catholic League. Its head, Bill Donohue, has brought the previously obscure artist responsible into the international limelight by branding it “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever”. Raging Christ-worshippers have bombarded Manhattan’s Lab Gallery with angry emails and telephone calls, prompting the gallery’s creative director to reconsider his options:
We’re obviously surprised by the overwhelming response and offence people have taken. We are certainly in the process of trying to figure out what we’re going to do next
Mr Donohue feels the statue, titled “My Sweet Lord”, is particularly offensive because of the time of year, known to followers of his religion as “Easter”. This is traditionally the time when Christians celebrate their god’s act of suicide by going to church and eating chocolate eggs.
The fact that they chose Holy Week shows this is calculated, and the timing is deliberate
Bill Donohue is strongly of the opinion that his beliefs should be treated with respect.
UPDATE: The show has been cancelled by the director of the hotel which houses the gallery. The gallery director, Matt Semler has resigned in protest. He described the protest as a “Catholic fatwa”, to which the zany Bill Donahue responded:
He had no business saying my letter of protest was hate speech. It just goes to show the guy is out of his mind.
Protest email and phone calls to the gallery included death threats.