Several congregants at a historic church in London were offended by a Star Wars “Stormtrooper” crucifixion that was being displayed as part of a “Stations of the Cross” exhibit that opened to the public Thursday.
The controversial work, called the “Stormtrooper Crucifixion,” was removed from its prominent placement in the exhibit at St. Stephen Walbrook and placed in the back of the church after parishioners felt that the work was offensive.
The display, created by street artist Ryan Callanan, features a full-size model Imperial Stormtrooper (an antagonist soldier from the “Star Wars” series) tied-up on a large wooden cross with his arms spread along the crossbar and his feet tied together.
Some members of the Anglican congregation, however, felt as though the display made a mockery of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His crucifixion.
According to Arntet.com, the display was moved from its prominent position no less than 24 hours after its initial installation this week after there was an outcry from worshipers who attended the church’s morning mass.
“This is an exhibition of images designed to provoke thought from artists grappling with their response to the challenge and scandal of Christ’s cross,” the Rev. Jonathan Evens told The Telegraph. “Among these, [street artist] Ryan Callanan’s Stormtrooper Crucifixion may be viewed as being among the more controversial images in the exhibition.”
One anonymous churchgoer told The Telegraph that the Stormtrooper display was nothing but “silly.”
“Why use our church?” the woman asked. “It’s plainly offensive to Christians, to be honest.”
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Source: Christian Post