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Old 02-20-04, 05:21 PM
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Need a nail from the nail-scarred hand?

I'm a Christian and I find this, uh, icky.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02192004...news/18338.htm

'JESUS' NAIL SALE

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

February 19, 2004 -- Replicas of the nails used to hang Jesus on the cross have become the red-hot official merchandise linked to Mel Gibson's controversial new movie, "The Passion of the Christ."
Pendants made from the pewter, 2 1/2-inch nails - selling for $16.99 - all but flew out of the Christian Publications Bookstore on West 43rd Street as soon as they were put on display.

Hundreds of stores across the country will be selling licensed items tied to the movie, a graphically violent depiction of the last 12 hours of Christ's life, which opens next week on Ash Wednesday.

The souvenirs include a book, pins, key chains, coffee mugs and T-shirts.

But the most unusual collectibles are the nails, each of which hangs on a leather cord.

Its side bears the inscription "Isaiah 53:5," referring to a Bible verse that begins, "He was pierced for our transgressions . . ."

The Family Christian Store in Newark, Del., received a large shipment of merchandise to sell at a preview screening of the film on Monday.

"The response so far has been overwhelming . . . They want to buy this product," the store's manager, Tina Weldon, said of the nail pendants.

"It's very symbolic for a lot of people."


A California company is manufacturing the pendants and other merchandise under a licensing agreement with Gibson. Neither Gibson nor the manufacturer returned calls yesterday.

"The cross has become such a benign jewelry item . . . The shock of its original form . . . is lost to modern people," said Charles Houser, publications manager at the American Bible Society's Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship.

"Choosing the detail of the spike would be to reinvigorate the image. They're really trying to capture that this was that day's form of execution."

But the Rev. Forrest Church, of All Souls Unitarian Church on the Upper East Side, called the pendants "macabre."

"I expect the prominence of the nail reflects the prominence of the gore in the movie itself," he said.

"That becomes the icon for identification."

The film itself has sparked controversy, too. Jewish leaders fear it could foster anti-Semitism, but Gibson says the film is not anti-Jewish.
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Do they come in sets of three? I need to have the full set or the deals off.
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What's next, Shroud of Turin beach towels?
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The Selling of The Christ
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One expects this from CAT IN THE HAT, but THE PASSION?

Maybe Mel isn't in this for the message of the story after all...
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This is just too bizarre. What's next "The Passion of the Christ" crucifixion meals?!
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This is not a new idea . . . nails like these . . .



. . . have been being used for quite a while as a reminder of what Jesus went through in the name of saving mankind.

If you think about it, it's not really that much different that wearing a cross/crucifix.
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So I take that "The Passion of the Christ," won't include a scene where Jesus throws the money changers out of the temple?

I'm an atheist, and to me it seems kind of tacky.
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Originally posted by Josh-da-man
So I take that "The Passion of the Christ," won't include a scene where Jesus throws the money changers out of the temple?

I'm an atheist, and to me it seems kind of tacky.
I'll grant you that the customized, "The Passion Of The Christ"-flavored ones are "a tad off", but I don't find the prctice of using a nail as a symbol to be that strange.
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They're made out of pewter. How am I supposed to crucify my enemies with pewter nails? Everyone knows you use rusty iron nails.
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Jesus walks into an inn, slams three nails onto the counter and says to the manager, "Could you put me up for the night?"


I suspect if he were alive today, even Jesus would want to smack the hell out of whatever idiot came up with this.

Coming soon, Official 7-11 'Passion' collectors cups, free when you buy a 32 ounce 'Blood of Christ Strawberry' Slurpee. While supplies last.

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So this is what those WWJD jewlry is eluding to.
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Originally posted by Panda Phil
Coming soon, Official 7-11 'Passion' collectors cups, free when you buy a 32 ounce 'Blood of Christ Strawberry' Slurpee. While supplies last.
Close.

http://www.sharethepassionofthechrist.com/gifts.asp


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I'd take the NY Post's 'articles' with a grain of salt...
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne
I'd take the NY Post's 'articles' with a grain of salt...
"....Und Klaus is a moron, who believes only what he reads in the New York Post."

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no fake blood=no sale!

j/k, Jesus.
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It's $16.99
http://www.sharethepassionofthechris...welry.asp#Nail

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