The reactions towards the sculpture suddenly seemed to radicalize, as if the people against it had needed a couple of days to plan a frontal assault. What had been civilized comments about how people disagreed with us on the matters of contraception and the use of a crucifix now became more aggressive and made some of the people, who sat at a table in front off the sculpture, feel threatened.
The catalyst of this radicalized behaviour was easy to pinpoint - The Irish pastor who walked back and forth in front off the sculpture yelling out loud how the use off the sacred crucifix was another one off Denmark’s crimes against religion. How it was blasphemes and insensitive. He told us he agreed in our message, but not with the mean.
The pastor who now lived in Nigeria had felt the consequences of the Muhammad-crisis when one of his friend’s houses was burn down because of it. Nigeria is a place where there are both many Christians and Muslims, so there were violent clashes in connection to the Mohammed-crisis.
Considering his past experiences it was no wonder that the pastor feared another crisis like that, but this was not a critique of a religion, but of those fundamentalist Christians who ban contraception in the name of a God which teqnically also belong to our country. Furthermore the best possible way of avoiding a crisis may not be to yell out accusations of blasphemy and make people all wined up and aggressive.
Others felt the cross had to stay. The only one who had been aggressive towards the use of the cross was the Irish pastor, and one man should not be able to change a whole sculpture, that would only give the fundamentalist Catholics even more power. It was a very difficult decision, but in the end it was decided that the top off the cross should be removed, so it would be reduced to a pole. In the end two arguments won:
Of course by the time he came, the crucifix had already been cut down. However that didn’t stop the Irish pastor. He spent all day getting people to sign his protest, even though he had claimed that he agreed with the message, but not with the use of the crucifix, which had been removed.
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