As the spirit of Easter was about the country yesterday, some sought to spread the message of its original meaning through a literal demonstration. After setting up a live crucifixion display where a man was tied to a cross, the participants were quickly ordered to disperse after receiving complaints.
As the organizers planned for the demonstration to take place at a busy intersection, it appears as though the sight distracted many passersby. Organizers of the event erected a cross to which they tied a bloodied man portraying Jesus to the cross.
One participant noted that the area that they selected to enact their portrayal was specific saying, “It’s a very public place out in the middle of town. When Jesus was crucified, he was done so right on edge of town where everyone would come by.”
As traffic slowed, and even near-miss accidents were reported, some drivers were said to even whip out their cell phones to snap a pic. Even the organizers of the event noticed as they noted, “there were a lot of close calls with accidents and traffic back ups.”
Needless to say, the disruption to traffic in the area, along with the added risk of accident, prompted police to force the demonstrators to pack up and move elsewhere. This however wasn’t viewed as fair as many onlookers took to voicing their support of the demonstration.
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One onlooker shared, “It’s ridiculous that they’re making you take him down.” While another noted, “I really think we need to recognize and be reminded of what Jesus did for us. I wish it would have stayed … Jesus is appropriate for everywhere.”
Others expressed the need for such a display as the original meaning of the holiday usually goes unnoticed saying, “Kids need to see how he was born and hung from the cross for us … And I, yes, I honestly do think it’s appropriate.”
Despite being ordered down however, the man portraying Jesus explained, “Easter is not about bunny rabbits and little chicks. This what our Christ endured for us. For our sins. And to hide that, is to not to live to the true faith of what he did for us.”
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Although many people complained that the bloodied character could be traumatic for children that pass by, the man simply replied by saying, “It’s just one of those necessities.”
What do you guys think – did the local police have the right to order the man down? Was this truly about the traffic or could it have been another shrouded attack on religion? Let us know by leaving a comment below.