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Phallus Centered Crucifix Creates Controversy

[ Perhaps this is part of the reason the Torah explicitly forbid the use of “graven images” (פסלים) to refer to deity (Exod. 20:4)…  Perverse humanity’s conceptions of the divine are often degrading and absurdly anthropocentric.  This “crucifix” is an example. ]

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WARR ACRES — Churchgoers are outraged over a crucifix in a Catholic church that they say shows an image of genitalia on Jesus.

The controversial crucifix has caused a deep divide among members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, where it hangs above the main altar.

“There are a couple people who have left the parish,” said the Rev. Philip Seeton, the church’s pastor. “There are people in the parish who don’t like it and have stayed.”

Critics of the crucifix take issue with what appears to be a large penis covering Jesus’ abdominal area. Seeton said the portion of the crucifix in question is meant to be Jesus’ abdomen “showing distension” — not a penis.

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