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Baptism of fire for 'horny' church's new name

Christine Demsteader · 23 Jan 2010, 12:01

Published: 23 Jan 2010 12:01 GMT+01:00

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"It's not suitable for it to be called Kåtakyrkan, it's too offensive," said church council leader Olov Wärnick to newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren.

"It can be completely misunderstood, especially by young people," he added.

The word 'kåt' in Swedish means 'horny' but the origin of the name is linked to the style in which the church was built.

A 'kåta' is a hut and traditional dwelling inhabited by the Sami people, native to Sweden's Lapland region.

A new name, Kyrkkåtan, has been proposed to the distaste of local churchgoers.

"Let the church keep its beautiful name which is appropriate for the area in which it was built," said campaigner Esther Gustavsson.

She is one of around 60 local residents who have put their name to a petition objecting to the name change.

"To change an acceptable name of a public building shouldn’t be decided by a few people alone," Gustavsson added.

"Other points of view should be taken into consideration before any decision is final."

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The question of whether to re-christen or not now lies with the local authorities.

If the church council does, however, win this battle, Esther Gustavsson and friends in the nearby villages of Kåtaholmen and Kåtaviken might have to start praying for divine intervention.

Christine Demsteader (christine.demsteader@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:47 January 23, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Don't retreat and change your name. Stand up for it on the PR offensive and people will know and respect it. If the Astronomy caved in this easily, they would have had to rename Uranus decades ago.
21:05 January 23, 2010 by Keith #5083
I wonder what goes on in the 'pure' minds of people when they can see sexual connotations in words that originally have other meanings. By this measure Åmål should have changed it's name quite some time ago as a recent film title seems to suggest some quite other connotation to the name.
03:24 January 24, 2010 by Davey-jo
You don't want to know what a cathouse is ....Maybe you do. This is such a bizarre story involving such innocents that it's difficult to comment without corrupting the original source.

Nevertheless, you look stupid from whatever angle.

Grow up and join the rest of the world.
10:58 January 24, 2010 by livinginsweden
When i am in church ... I cannot help myself but always look around and check out the ladies....... and i get horny..... so the name is very appropriate .... what else do we go to church for?

ha ha
13:02 January 24, 2010 by ericinlincs
Do not change the name, if you do sooner or later there will be someone who wants to change it to Kåtamosque
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