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Church removes 'scary crucifix'
by noteworthy at 7:11 am EST, Jan 8, 2009

A large sculpture of Christ on the cross has been removed from outside a church in West Sussex after its vicar said it was "scaring young children."

The Reverend Ewen Souter said the 10ft crucifix was "a horrifying depiction of pain and suffering" which was also "putting people off."

From last year, Errol Morris:

Had there been cameras at Calvary, would twenty centuries of believers have been moved to hang photographs of the scene on their altarpieces and in their homes?

From the archive:

When an individual died, the female relatives were responsible for dismembering the body. They would remove the brain, arms and feet, strip the muscle from the limbs and open the chest and abdomen to remove the internal organs. Those that died of kuru were highly regarded as sources of food, because they had layers of fat which resembled pork. It was primarily the Fore women who took part in this ritual. Often they would feed morsels of brain to young children and elderly relatives. Among the tribe, it was, therefore, women, children and the elderly who most often became infected.


Muslims in western India have been observing a bizarre ritual -- they've been throwing their young children off a tall building to improve their health.


The settlers are calling their compound "House of Peace," but are also considering "Martyrs’ Peak."

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