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Published:January 4th, 2011 14:44 EST
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Saint Replaces Statue Of Virgin Mary With Garden Gnome

By Robert Paul Reyes

"An Italian mountaineering group protesting `narcissistic` acts in the wilderness said it placed a garden gnome in the place of a stolen Virgin Mary statue.

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The group said members put the gnome in the place of the statue atop Mt. Pirio, near Padua, but denied any involvement in the theft of the statue, ANSA reported Monday."

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To place a religious statue on top of a mountain is the height of arrogance and narcissism. If you are enthralled by the Virgin Mary, for God`s sake put a necklace bearing her likeness around your neck. But why in God`s name erect a statue of your object of adoration where it will spoil the view for believers and nonbelievers alike?

A garden gnome atop a mountain is a lot less offensive than a statue of the Virgin Mary. A religious icon on a mountain screams the message: My religion is superior to yours and the deity I worship deserves this place of honor more than the false god you worship.

A garden gnome on top of a mountain is just a bit of whimsy that will cause everyone to smile.

God bless the person who stole the offensive statue of the Virgin Mary, and God bless the saint who replaced it with a garden gnome.

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