“The Church”, la discoteca con Dj Jesus

The Church discotecaSi chiama “La chiesa” e presenta all’ingresso un Cristo crocifisso. Ma non è un luogo di culto, è una discoteca. Aperta qualche settimana fa a Carlisle, nel Nord dell’Inghilterra, manipola i simboli cristiani per puro profitto, compreso il Dj Jesus. Il parroco: “Non fa venire collera, ma tristezza”.
Secondo il suo proprietario, Ben Read di 29 anni, l’utilizzo di simboli non vuole essere offensivo, anzi, perché la “
croce è alla moda e fa tendenza”.
La croce fa tendenza? Interessante il commento di Christianophobie.fr: “
Paradossale Inghilterra, dove persone che non hanno che un rapporto fievole con la fede cristiana si travestono con la croce, ma quelle che la portano addosso nei luoghi di lavoro rischiano di perdere il lavoro!”.

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8 maggio 2013
Provocation antichrétienne d’un propriétaire de boîte de nuit en Angleterre

Ben Read, 29 ans, est un entrepreneur qui a ouvert, voici cinq semaines, une boîte de nuit dans le quartier de Botchergate de la ville de Carlisle en Cumbrie (nord de Angleterre, à une quinzaine de km de l’Écosse). Jusque là rien à redire. Là où les choses se compliquent, c’est qu’il a “baptisé” son établissement The Church (l’Église), qu’une grande croix blanche somme l’établissement, qu’elle apparaît aussi dans l’enseigne de la boîte de nuit et que le “DJ” qui apparaît en plusieurs exemplaires et en transparence sur ses vitrines, avec ses bras écartés, évoque inévitablement la personne de Jésus. Les chrétiens locaux se sont émus de ces détournements de symboles chrétiens à des fins mercantiles. Le Père Michael Docherty, curé de deux paroisses catholiques de Carlisle, met en garde: «Nous devons être très attentifs au symbolisme religieux particulièrement dans les temps que nous vivons (…) Utiliser la croix de cette manière en corrompt la signification. Un objet qui devait être un symbole du bien et de la vertu est corrompu pour un gain matériel. Cela ne provoque pas chez moi de la colère, mais de la tristesse ». Le propriétaire n’a pas cette sensibilité, il se défend d’avoir voulu offenser les chrétiens et s’est contenté d’utiliser un symbole « à la mode et très tendance ». Paradoxale Angleterre où des gens qui n’ont qu’un rapport très tenu à la foi chrétienne s’affublent de croix, alors que les chrétiens qui entendent en porter dans leurs entreprises s’en font mettre à la porte !

Fonte: Christianophobie.fr
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6 maggio 2013
Row erupts over ‘DJ Jesus’ nightclub

A row has erupted between a town’s churchgoers and a nightclub owner after he opened a venue called The Church which depicts Jesus as a disc jockey.

Church leaders were left disgruntled at the sight of a crucified Jesus silhouetted as a DJ outside the nightclub in Botchergate, Carlisle.

The club’s landlord has further enraged believers by suggesting that a giant cross outside the building should not be deemed offensive and that he “could have had all the bar staff in nuns’ outfits”.

Church leaders in the area labelled nightclub bosses “Insulting and evil” after the popular nightspot was given a makeover last month.

Father Jim Allen, of St Bede’s Church in Wigton Road, Carlisle, said: “Usually, the Evil One does things behind closed doors but it seems that he’s getting more daring and is no longer hiding.”

Landlord Ben Read, 29, described religious iconography as “fashionable” and said if owners had intended to offend people, they could have gone “to serious extremes”.

He said: “If the name and cross have offended people I apologise but that was never my intention. I have to say that the cross has gone past being a piece of religious iconography. It’s fashionable and it’s a trendy thing to wear.

“If we’d wanted to offend people we could have gone to serious extremes. We could have had all the bar staff in nuns’ outfits or vicar collars or we could have tried to have weddings done in the place but we respect people’s religious beliefs.”

The club has been open for five weeks and proved to be a hit with Cumbrian partygoers, who have refused to be put off by the religious-styled business.

Catholic priest Father Michael Docherty, who preaches at both St Margaret Mary’s in Upperby and Christ the King Church in Harraby, admitted he was saddened by the nightclub’s use of the cross.

Father Michael said: “We need to be sensitive to religious symbolism, particularly in the age in which we now live.

“This image has lots of symbolic value, and real meaning for people. If you look at war graves, you see row upon row of crosses, each representing a human life.

“Using the cross in this way corrupts that meaning. Something that should be a symbol of good and virtue is corrupted for material gain. But it doesn’t provoke anger in me, it provokes sadness.”

Club owner Ben has offered an open invite to those who had criticised the bar’s new image, saying he would personally treat them to a night out at The Church, giving them VIP treatment.

By Alice Philipson

Fonte: Telegraph

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