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A vulgar exhibition sexualising Jesus in the European Parliament causes outrage

An exhibition in the European Parliament showing Jesus surrounded by men dressed in leather as sadomasochistic slaves, apparently homosexuals, has provoked complaints from several MEPs and Christians in Europe.


From May 2 to May 5, the Swedish artist’s installation will be displayed in the European Parliament’s rooms and hallways, which are only accessible to people working at the Parliament or with special accreditation. Nonetheless, the way of showing Jesus in a disrespectful way sparked criticism by MEPs from different European Union countries and later from Christians that also felt offended by the vulgar depiction of Jesus and the apostles.

Maria Veronica Rossi, Italian MEP from Lega commented: “It is legitimate to address issues of all kinds in institutional settings, but exploiting a religion is an intolerable lack of respect for millions of faithful throughout Europe,” and “Other than cultural insight, this appears as a gratuitous provocation: Why offend and lack respect?”

Since 1998 Elisabeth Ohlson has a history of blasphemous depictions of Christ promoting homosexuality, transgenderism, and BDSM fetishism, reported CNA. The initiative to bring this exhibition to the Europen Parliament was organized by MEP Malin Björk, a member of The Left, to celebrate the Swedish presidency of the Council of the European Union.


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