As well it should. From the Telegraph.
Split mayor Zeljko Kerum announced an initiative last week to erect a 129-foot-high statue of Christ – 10 feet taller than the world’s current biggest in Swiebodzin, western Poland.
Mr Kerum said the statue, to be erected on the Marjan hill that for many years sported big letters spelling Tito for the late Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz, was a “good symbol.”
“It would be a tourist attraction, a new shrine … We are however a Catholic town and a Catholic country,” he said.
The mayor of the southern Adriatic town said he believed a municipal commission would support his idea and citizens could decide about it in a referendum.
Until then, Facebook is the places a lot of citizens are choosing to state their opinion on this venture.
On Monday, almost 4,000 people liked the Facebook page entitled: “Kerum, in Jesus’ name, don’t build Jesus” – some arguing the money could be better spent on windmills or solar panels.
“He is trying to gather people ahead of elections,” added Mate Loncar.
Some said this was simply not the right place for such a statue.
“If I want to see the statue of Jesus I will go to a church and pray to Him,” posted Marko Gundic.
I expect the project will wind up going ahead anyway. They won’t do the sensible thing and use the money this will cost to improve their city in other areas now. They’d rather sell this to the public as a kick-start to future tourism. Maybe they ought to check with the folks in Swiebodzin and see if their statue has improved the economic state of their town in any way.
Meanwhile, people in Peru are enjoying their own massive Jesus statue. Maybe enjoying isn’t exactly the word but Lima put on one hell of a welcoming party for it, complete with fireworks.
The statue was officially inaugurated by President Garcia.
‘Our Lord, Jesus Christ, I ask you to bring peace to our country,’ he said adding, ‘Material things can do a lot, but nothing is worth anything if there is not a transcendental and different message, and that is what you have brought here.’
Monsignor Bruno Musaro, the Apostolic Nuncio to Peru, was also in attendance at the ceremony.
‘I am very excited by this show of faith,’ he said.
Because you can’t show faith unless you’re showing off in some way?
Peru’s newly erected statue of Christ is the tallest in the world.
Second is the 120 foot (36 metre) Christ the King statue which was erected last year in Swiebodzin, Poland.
Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous 99 foot (30 metre) Christ the Redeemer came in third.
Makes me want to cherry pick the bible:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
I guess when it comes to generating tourism dollars for a country in need of an economic boost, these lines won’t be the ones uttered in church.