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Swedish town unveils ice cool Jesus

TT/The Local/pvs · 30 Jan 2011, 15:04

Published: 30 Jan 2011 15:04 GMT+01:00

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The sculpture, to be unveiled outside of Tomas church in Badelunda on Sunday, has been carved by Gusfors from a three tonne block of ice transported over 1000 kilometres from the Torne river in northern Sweden.

"It is very exciting. The artist has been given a free reign and I have no idea how the end result will be," said Markku Wendelius at the parish.

Gusfors is experienced with both a chainsaw and blocks of ice and is engaged at the celebrated Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi.

The creation of the Jesus sculpture is to form the centre piece of 40th birthday celebrations at the parish which will continue throughout Sunday.

According to the latest forecast from meteorological agency SMHI the ice cool son of God could be battling for his life as early as Tuesday however as temperatures push above zero and stay there for the remainder of the week.

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Editor's Note: The original version of this article included the phrase "Christian prophet Jesus". Upon review, the phrase was deemed unnecessarily cumbersome. It also lead to interpretations which detracted from the core narrative presented in the article. As a result, the phrase has now been changed to simply "Jesus".

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15:40 January 30, 2011 by Puge Henis
"Christian prophet Jesus"...

Seriously? THIS is how you stay objective or was this straight from Google translate?
15:49 January 30, 2011 by andrewsrocks
I hope Christians won't explode in riots and Tjåsa Gusfors won't need to go into hiding for reproducing "prophet Jesus"...
15:57 January 30, 2011 by truthworthy
Jesus (peace be upon him) is not a Christian prophet only, he is also an Islamic prophet.
16:24 January 30, 2011 by Nemesis
'Christian prophet Jesus'

I assume the local cleared that statement with the Saudi Arabian embassy before using it, so as to use the correct term for in case of offending anyone who is an islamic fundementalist.

I assume the usual judeo-christian-islamic-satanist fundementalists, will comment on that one. I await there comments and unrestrained rage.

This is classic political pandering to islamic fundementalists, gone way to far:)
17:44 January 30, 2011 by BobWas
trustworthy, Jesus is not a Christian prophet at all.

I am gobsmacked by the term "Christian prophet Jesus."

The Local should issue an apology for this, NOW.
18:28 January 30, 2011 by JulieLou40
The Local "writers" are an absolute embarrassment.
19:15 January 30, 2011 by blursd
Muslims believe Jesus was a Prophet ...

Jews recognize Jesus as a great Rabbi ...

Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah ... little bit different (and more important) than a "prophet."

So, what ... The Local has to make sure all news conforms to and does not insult Muslims?!? Don't worry about marginalizing or insulting Christians, because ... you know ... they don't blow sh#$ up, or threaten assassinations over this kind of thing.

This only further proves how much of a joke the Local news has become ...
19:33 January 30, 2011 by calebian22
Six centuries of Christian church tradition in Badelunda trumped by 20 years of Islamic immigration. "Prophet" The use of that term to describe Jesus is a sad commentary on the appeasement mentality in Sweden.
20:11 January 30, 2011 by truthworthy
I dont think the local stuff were thinking about Muslims when they wrote this article. Muslims have been hearing what Christians believe about Jesus for hundreds of years and no one gets offended because each to their believe.

For us Jesus is respected prophet and messenger. Of course many Christians acknowledge the confusion in Christianity about the divinity of Jesus and the trinity. and many acknowledge the simplicity of the concept of God in Islam.
20:42 January 30, 2011 by blursd
@ Trustworthy

You see the problem is Christians don't believe Jesus was a prophet ... that marginalizes his significance and importance to Christians. To Christians Moses was a prophet, Abraham was a prophet, Enoch was a prophet ... Jesus was much more than that in Christian dogma. According to which sect of Christianity you ask he was either the son of God, or God himself (or both). Assigning the title of prophet to someone a religious group considers a divine messiah is rather insulting.

I don't personally consider Muhammad a prophet, but I certainly understand and respect that Muslims do. Therefore, I would refer to him as the Muslim prophet Muhammad ... instead of, for example, the Muslim Guru Muhammad, or the Muslim Bishop Muhammad. Those other terms marginalize the importance of the person within their own religion, and seek to supplant foreign personal or religious views on another religion. I think it's great Muslims consider Jesus a prophet, but that doesn't mean Christians believe the same, or that he should be described by his Muslim position within a Christian context.

I mean it would be like saying the Holy Mosque is just a Muslim collection of bricks, or that the Western Wall is the Holy Jewish dirt heap, or the Christian Cross is just two pieces of wood and some nails.
21:47 January 30, 2011 by Ravioli
It's good to see that The Local had this article cleared by the Muslim Brotherhood before it was published. Now hopefully there will be no rioting and violence. Pathetic.....
22:16 January 30, 2011 by mkvgtired

"Jesus (peace be upon him) is not a Christian prophet only, he is also an Islamic prophet."

Oh crap time to up the security on Swedish embassies, get some armed guards outside of The Local's offices, and for the sculptor to go into hiding.
23:45 January 30, 2011 by vladd777
We all may choose what we want to believe but it's only the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth that matters in the end.

None so blind as those who have been blinded!
02:29 January 31, 2011 by lloyd bonafide
I am giving 3 to 2 odds that the next article concerning Jesus will refer to him as a carpenter......or perhaps a sandal wearer......or maybe a one-time donkey rider.......or....a manger sleeper.....or an air breather......or, stylistically a long hair wearer (i am guessing on that one).......perhaps i should just be glad that there is an admission of the existence of some sort of "jesus" being or concept on "the local"......and who ever said that swedes dont have a sense of humor?
10:10 January 31, 2011 by shame, shame

Jesus is a Christian prophet, he is also a Muslim prophet, he is also revered as the Messiah, and (as this article points out) the son of "God".

Badelunda church is a Christian (Lutheran) church and thus is it in this incarnation that he is being celebrated.

Get a life you bunch of Muslim-baiting, fundamentalist, Christian nutjobs.
10:45 January 31, 2011 by hughknows
Barack Obama would also come up on a list of 'American Politicians' on Wikipedia. But who would report an article that referred to 'American politician Barack Obama'? It would look stupid and really stand out like a sore thumb to deliberately not acknowledge his status as President.

In the same way I don't think one needs to be a fundamentalist nor anti-Islamic to admit that it would have been less contentious to write 'Christian figure' or even to have no description at all than to merely write 'Christian prophet' when referring to Jesus Christ.

It would be just as 'true' but equally inappropriate to refer to 'the Muslim socio-political reformer Mohammed' or the 'Buddhist vagrant Siddhartha Gautama' or even the 'Chinese author Confucius'. These could all be classed as accurate descriptions, but they do not address the full historical status of those figures, especially as the majority of their followers see them. Jesus was technically, among other things, 'a prophet' from any number of views but seriously, what a dumb and politically correct thing to write.

Would have been much better to just write 'a sculpture of Jesus'.
10:55 January 31, 2011 by shame, shame
i think u are reading way too much into this - it is not as if calling someone a prophet, even if it actually were untrue, is the most damning insult anyone can up with, even if it were intended as one.

I furthermore doubt that the choice of descriptions had anything to do with the Saudis, the Muslim Brotherhood, or any other of the terms of evident derision applied by most of the commentators here.
11:18 January 31, 2011 by blondelover
This is just the local trick to grab the more attention on their news.. !!!
12:30 January 31, 2011 by calebian22
"Upon review, the phrase was deemed unnecessarily cumbersome"

See no death threats, no calls for violence and the Local made the correction.
17:50 January 31, 2011 by BobWas
"i think u are reading way too much into this - it is not as if calling someone a prophet, even if it actually were untrue, is the most damning insult anyone can up with, even if it were intended as one."

In your mind, put the word "prophet" in front of the name of the deity that we are all too considerate of the faith of others to say. How does that sound to you? Disrespectful? Antagonistic? Damning?

That is how this feels to some of us. Respect for others is not a one-way street.
18:09 January 31, 2011 by Ravioli
Good move by The Local in correcting it's terminology. :)

For the record, no rioting, no protests, no death threats. Imagine that...
09:40 February 1, 2011 by samwise
"Christian prophet Jesus" is not a common term. google returns 9,320 results, and the top one is this item on The Local.

14:56 February 1, 2011 by BigBilly
@blursd "Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah " I think you'll find Christians actually believe that Jesus is God, the numero uno, capo de capos. I know it's strange but there you go.
09:11 February 2, 2011 by americanska
Jesus is a profit to the Jews and maybe some other religions.

However, what puts the CHRIST in Christian is that they believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, and is God.

Where as in Islam, Muhammad is a prophet......and he looks like this....... :-)
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