Church opposes Star Wars crucifixion depiction

An artwork that shows Star Wars characters nailed to crosses has sparked controversy before its public debut at a Melbourne gallery in two weeks.

The Herald-Sun reports that the controversial piece called Crusci-fiction consists of a roomful of 25 replicas of robot C3P0 hanging on crosses.

Church leaders and Christian groups have condemned the exhibit as ridiculing and trivialising their beliefs. They said it was only a matter of time before Christians started to use Victoria's religious vilification laws to defend their faith.

Vicar-General of the Catholic Archdiocese, Monsignor Les Tomlinson, said the crucifixion is very sacred to all Christians because it depicts Jesus "in the very act of winning salvation for mankind".

"To trivialise it is offensive," he said. "It's disappointing that Christian symbols seem to be able to be ridiculed, but those of other religions or groups are not."

He said people offended should peacefully contact the gallery to express their views.

The Australian Christian Lobby has also opposed the exhibition of the artwork.

The False Idols exhibition, which opens at Fitzroy's Intrude Gallery this month, is described as an exploration of pop culture, religion, science fiction, music and film.

The Herald-Sun Rev David Richardson, who is Dean of the Anglican St Paul's Cathedral, was unfazed by the artwork.

"On first glance, as an image of crucifixion, Crusci-fiction seems fairly inoffensive," he said. "It makes an interesting contrast to Mel Gibson's take on the Jesus event."

Churches start war on Crusci-fiction (Herald-Sun 2/8/05)

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Churches upset by 'Star Wars' art (Herald-Sun/news.com.au 2/8/05)

2 Sep 2005