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Old 07-07-06, 12:55 PM
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I'd like your opinions re: a new statue in Memphis

This past weekend, a local church here in Memphis ("World Overcomers")unveiled a new statute in front of the church named "The Statue of Liberation Through Christ". The statue is 72 feet tall and cost $260,000. The neighborhood where the church has lots of problems with crime and gangs. Despite this, they felt it was a good idea to blow $260,000 on this strange item. As an additional aside, the pastor/self-proclaimed "Apostle" of the church lives in a house about three miles from me that's been assessed at 1.5 million. Needless to say, the home is not in same community as the church. What do you think?



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Old 07-07-06, 01:00 PM
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Sounds like bad budgeting too me.

The statue itself is not a very creative idea.
And on that pic, it doesn't look real, it looks like it was Photoshopped.
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Old 07-07-06, 01:05 PM
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It's quite real. Here's the local newspaper article about the unveiling:

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Here's the NY Times article:

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seems like some pop culture experiment gone awry. Not acceptable!
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It's their money...
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pretty lame
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Old 07-07-06, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DonnachaOne
It's their money...
Of course it is. They have the right to put up a 100 ft. Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man if they want, but what do you think about it?
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Old 07-07-06, 01:19 PM
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Would be better if it had an animatronic Jesus writhing on the cross.
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Well Christians are supposed to imitate Christ and we've all heard the Bible stories where Jesus gathered money from the poor and middle classes to build gaudy monuments honoring both God & Rome. Wait a second...
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Would be better if it had an animatronic Jesus writhing on the cross.
no, because that would be blasphemy
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Looks like exactly what it probably is: a visual ode to theocracy, and breaking down of the barrier between church and state.

Designed to affirm, with one glance, that God likes us better--and (to verbalize the implied metaphor) that the "cross" of Christianity is more important than the "light" of freedom.

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In my experience some churches in this country emphasize material success in its leaders. Usually its in the poor neighborhoods that the pastors (many churches call the leaders 'apostles') drive nice cars and wear nice clothes. The theory being, that God has blessed them because of their devoted lifestyle (like Abraham in the Bible).

Personally I think its a waste of money and the bored youth will entertain themselves in tearing it down.
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I love it. Can we retrofit the Statue of Liberty to look like this?
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Originally Posted by adamblast
Looks like exactly what it probably is: an visual ode to theocracy, and breaking down of the barrier between church and state.
I agree. What a waste.

I do take comfort that if it's really in a bad neighborhood, the residents will faithfully disrespect it and vandallize it. Especially when they hear how much its worth.
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Old 07-07-06, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
I do take comfort that if it's really in a bad neighborhood, the residents will faithfully disrespect it and vandallize it. Especially when they hear how much its worth.
You woefully underestimate the apathy in this particular area of town.
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Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson
You woefully underestimate the apathy in this particular area of town.
Here in Chicago, some bad areas were really built up with beautiful fountains, and landscaping. The city spent lots of money just to attempt to make it look better.

The people that lived there however spent a WHOLE LOT of effort to tear it all up. not stopping at breaking the basketball hoops, they tore the posts down. Not just cutting the chains on the swings they rammed the jungle gyms and poles with a car. they even painstakingly ripped out each stone that was part of an elaborate fountain. The complete devastation was amazing.

I learned never to underestimate a society that hates itself for accepting handouts.
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I find it pretty laughable. But I think it is a reaction to the fight between seperation between church and state with the church thinking that people are going too far and the other side thinking it is freedom from religion.

Seems like a lot to blow on a social statement. Christians were never called to set up a nation for Christ, so I rarely understand it. Many evangelicals are more concerned with culture than Christ. But that's culture for you.
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Here in Chicago, some bad areas were really built up with beautiful fountains, and landscaping. The city spent lots of money just to attempt to make it look better.

The people that lived there however spent a WHOLE LOT of effort to tear it all up. not stopping at breaking the basketball hoops, they tore the posts down. Not just cutting the chains on the swings they rammed the jungle gyms and poles with a car. they even painstakingly ripped out each stone that was part of an elaborate fountain. The complete devastation was amazing.

I learned never to underestimate a society that hates itself for accepting handouts.
I remember one time I was working with Christmas in April (is that what it's called?) and we were planting shrubs and plants around a school. While we were working some people came by and basically told us that they didn't want the help of white people and we shouldn't bother because they would just come around later and pull everything up that we planted.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Christians were never called to set up a nation for Christ...
That hasn't ever seemed to have stopped them.

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Now if the cross was on fire like the torch, then it would be a statement.
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Nevermind's version looks better.
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I wonder how many people know she's French. Going to assume lots of the same people who like the Statue (given the likely shared constellation of beliefs) wouldn't be too warm to that.
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Nevermind, or any other photochopper, please chop this Tom Cruise photo into the statue photo so we can see what would happen if Scientology caught on in the black community.

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