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Man climbed altar and preached own faith

TT/The Local · 12 Apr 2011, 16:11

Published: 12 Apr 2011 16:11 GMT+02:00

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Before the shocked congregation he tore down a large bronze crucifix and sent it flying to the ground, causing the arm of Jesus on the cross to fall off.

“We tried to calm him down and tell him that he wasn’t allowed to do that, but the situation was tumultuous, and it was impossible to have a dialogue,“ pastor Bo Johansson told newspaper Metro.

The man is reported to have arrived at the church among the others in the congregation and taken a seat in the front pew.

In the middle of the service he suddenly rose, leapt up on the altar, chanted ‘something in English’ and threw the giant crucifix to the ground.

Finally, he was overpowered and police were called to the scene.

However, not satisfied with the morning’s activities the man continued to the Lutheran mission house down the road, where he demanded permission to speak.

According to local newspaper Norra Skåne (NS), he then rambled on about witches and politics, and when asked to be quiet he snuffed out a candle and overturned a ceramic candleholder, which shattered on the floor.

The man was subsequently forced to leave the premises.

According to NS, the local police said that the man is not entirely unknown in Hässleholm. He has a history of disturbing religious services.

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He was also recognised by the congregation in Hässleholm.

“He has shown up here before and stood out from the rest of the congregation, but we are hoping things will calm down now,” Johansson said to Metro.

The local police have identified the man and he is now under investigation for interrupting church services and damaging church property.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:09 April 12, 2011 by Syftfel
What will happen to me when I do this in the Malmö mosque?
17:38 April 12, 2011 by Angusthefirst
Good on him.
17:46 April 12, 2011 by Playmaker
You would go to prision for hate crimes of course
18:04 April 12, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I think this guy is on to something. He should replace Eva Brunne.
18:43 April 12, 2011 by Boyfriend

Malmö Mosque has been burned to ground and insulted more than what this mental did to Church services.

At the time of Prophet Mohmmad things happened like this. Like there was a man who pissed off the mosque gate and when they people saw him they started to beat him so badly and when Prophet Arrived he ordered to stop beating the man Prophet told him " Mosque is place of worship people come to worship God and it is holy for them and respect" Then He was released . He ordered his companion to bring water and clean the place with water. And he told his companion that you guys Muslims came to make things easier for others not to beat so badly someone for an insult.

But Muslims these days do not follow the actual teaching of Islam and they get so easily angry and might have kicked the mans butt. Well

What did man did in Church is against freedom and this man needs to be admitted to hospital for mental check up. And racists people should be admitted as well
18:56 April 12, 2011 by Swedesmith
The good priest should have smote him with the word of the Lord.
20:08 April 12, 2011 by Nemesis
At least it was in English.

Religion should be made a mental disorder.
20:36 April 12, 2011 by jbat
21:03 April 12, 2011 by Muff

Or thrown holy water on his wicked flesh!
21:20 April 12, 2011 by reason

I am reminded of a scene from Pulp Fiction :D
22:58 April 12, 2011 by laura ka baal
Actually he is sick of gay / Sex offender Pastors so genuinely wants a change.
22:58 April 12, 2011 by EP
Police were called but he wasn't arrested ... interesting?!?!?!?

Should the right to worship in peace and security be something that should be guaranteed in a western "democracy" such as Sweden???
02:05 April 13, 2011 by wenddiver
I can't belive that nobody took the opportunity to pick up Jesus's arm and beat him with it. The Piece of God be with you, BAM, right across the face. It woud have made my month.
10:36 April 13, 2011 by Hauhr
Did we really need an article about this? Couldn't we just have had a footnote on the frontpage in small text that said "man shouted in church"
11:10 April 13, 2011 by johnny1939
Nothing fun ever happens to me when I am in church perhaps I should go to Hässleholm.
16:47 April 13, 2011 by Lemon1987
to wenddiver:


That Idea/The Piece of God be with you,BAM, right across the face.... could be part of Carpenter`s horror movie plots :D
20:32 April 13, 2011 by salalah
Sounds like he needs an exorcist...


There are no crucifixes to tear down in a Mosque... and no altar...
22:01 April 14, 2011 by Uggla
YES! It's about time christianity got a taste of it's own medicine and someone forces their belief upon them.
12:07 April 15, 2011 by wenddiver
@Lemon1987- Jesus flipped the money lenders tables at the Temple, so there is historical presidence for kicking a little A$$ in Church.
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