Claims that a replica of the iconic concrete statue of Christ which stands above Rio De Janiero, may be be built on Primrose Hill in London, have upset secularists.
The National Secular Society has condemned an alleged ‘secret plan’ for the twenty foot high model of the famous Brazilian landmark to be built in celebration of the end of the Londn Olympics, and the preparation of the 2016 Olympics, to be held in Rio.
The plans for the statue are said to be backed by the Brazilian government, who will finance the project. But local authority planning officials have yet to give their blessing.
According to local press reports, organisers are asking for secrecy so that the statue has something of a ‘wow factor’ when it is unveiled.
But in reaction to the openly Christian nature of the statue, secularist campaigners are now set to launch a campaign against it.
Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said "The Olympic Games is supposed to unite people of all creeds and cultures through sport.
“Introducing something as blatantly sectarian as this would completely go against the spirit of the games and be a kind of triumphalist statement about Christianity. It is a very bad idea and must be kicked into touch immediately."
January 26th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Simon Cross