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Published:January 8th, 2009 18:20 EST

Giant Statue of Christ Is An Abomination

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A little-known Brazilian farming town with sugar cane wealth is set to upstage Rio de Janeiro by erecting a statue of Christ that will eclipse its famous equivalent atop Rio`s Corcovado mountain.

The Christ statue in Sertaozinho, northwest of Sao Paulo city, will be 187 feet tall when perched on its 128 foot (39-meter) pedestal, Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said Tuesday.

Rio`s iconic statue overlooking the beach-side city measures up at 98.4 feet high, but its much shorter pedestal gives it a total height of just 125 feet."


Rio de Janeiro`s colossal Christ is an abomination -- the Jesus Christ of the Gospels, who was the epitome of humility, would have been horrified at the spectacle.

The giant statue of Christ is disrespectful to other religions, why should the followers of other faiths have to live under the shadow of that monstrosity? Brazil is the world`s largest Roman Catholic nation, but there are hundreds of different religions in this huge country.

And now the residents of another city in Brazil want to erect an even bigger statue of Christ? I hope that the people of Sertaozinho will have a change of heart, and instead use the money to follow Christ`s example and feed the poor, and provide shelter to the homeless.