Thursday, April 30, 2015

Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus

No, it's not the name of a new punk band. It's an actual thing that happened.

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church. 
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes. 
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away. 
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t. 
“One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.” 
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

I don't usually quote that much from someone else's article but it's written too beautifully to break up. There's plenty more to the story, though, so please look through the entire NPR article.

Also, this apparently happened over a year ago, but fuck it, this blog didn't exist then. And it's still fucking relevant.

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