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Christians in Greece call for the removal of a ‘demonic’ statue

Christians in Greece call for the removal of a ‘demonic’ statue

Kostis Georgiou, a Greek artist, has flat out denied that his statue – the Phylax –  was created to honour the Devil.

But some Christians don’t believe him, and are demanding that the artwork – installed near the Palaio Faliro marina in Trokadero, south of Athens last December – should be removed.

According to this report, more than 100 Christian residents, led by a priest, converged on the statue earlier this month to wave Greek flags, brandish icons and sing hymns during a protest.

The priest sprinkled holy water on the statue to “exorcise its demons”.

The statue has suffered two vandalism attacks since its installation on December 5. What may have caused concerns among the Christians is that the Palaio Faliro Municipality named the statue “guardian-angel” of the South Athens suburb.

Mayor Dionysis Hatzidakis said the Phylax does not represent any Christian guardian angel.

Local parish priest Patapios Argyros wrote in an open letter to the Mayor:

The sculpture is a demon and a soldier of Satan that, instead of being honoured, must be despised as blasphemous to the holy trinity. It is an affront to Orthodoxy and the Christian faith.

Kostis Georgiou

The artist disagrees.

Who says that the colour of Satan is red? There are angels with red wings and red hair.

He told Greek Channel Skai TV the criticism was being led by “a hate preacher”.

It is supposed that the opponents are Christians but their soul is anti-Christian. The work is independent of any approach to religious symbols and emblems. If they want to demolish, let them do it. If they want to burn it, let them burn it as they were burning books in the past.

In this report of the brouhaha it’s pointed out that phylax is an ancient Greek word meaning watcher, guard, guardian or protector. It  was gifted to Palaio Faliro by the the Martinos shipping family.

The residents of the suburb have started collecting signatures to pressure the municipality to remove the sculpture.

14 responses to “Christians in Greece call for the removal of a ‘demonic’ statue”

  1. Smokey says:

    “The sculpture is a demon and a soldier of Satan …”

    No, it’s a sculpture. Even if it was a sculpture OF a demon, it’s still just a sculpture.

    “It is an affront to Orthodoxy and the Christian faith.”

    You say that as if it’s a bad thing.

  2. Farmer Giles says:

    Oh Dear … what chance survival of the human race when we have acquired so much real knowledge and know how and capability and expertise humans stoop to this level of stupidity and bigotry.

    I think the person who said that “the best chance for the survival of life on earth is for humans to go exinct and the sooner the better” was dead right.

  3. Farmer Giles says:

    And this is what religion does to people … turns them into fools. And sometime it does worse and turns people into hateful murderous shitehawks like this pair of evil bastards… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-42607043

  4. Farmer Giles says:

    And more supersticious stupidity here. Why does the BBC publish such idiotic mindless trash. Its irresponsible and inexcusable. Well done BBC for wiping £millions off the value of the property value and well done BBC for helping to propagate the idiotic belief in supernatural ghostly entities. BBC be ashamed … very ashamed.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42610003

  5. Farmer Giles says:

    OT Sorry … but our PM has been influenced by the DUP to the detriment of womens control over their own bodies. A disgraceful move by our God Loving PM. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42608737

  6. L.Long says:

    And with no effort at all the religion dimwits clearly show off their ability to be bat-shit crazy and utterly st00pid!!!!

  7. 1859 says:

    I wonder what the reaction would have been if the sculpture had been green or blue? Hummm knowing how the religious psyche reacts probably no different.

  8. Angela_K says:

    Satan, god, angels, demons – all fictional. Somebody needs to tell these idiots we are in the 21st century and that a good number of the human race are not superstitious.

  9. barriejohn says:

    There’s little in the Bible to give any indication as to what the devil or demons might look like, except to say that they are, supposedly, “fallen angels”. Popular ideas owe much to the imagination of Mediaeval artists. These protesters seem primitive and barbaric – Wicker Man territory, really.

  10. Broga says:

    Farmer Giles: I came to the same opinion as you some time ago. Religion still influences and corrodes a growth in human wisdom and we are being driven to the planetary knacker’s yard. The planet is being wrecked and no urgency is apparent in preventing that e.g. the RC’s still oppose birth control and politicians say nothing.

  11. L.Long says:

    Sorry Angela but we may be in the 21century but WAY TOO MANY (the vast majority) are still superstitious!! Look at all the churches,sports people wearing magic socks, and GOOP! Never underestimate the breath, depth, or power of human stupidity, it is pervasive!

  12. AgentCormac says:

    @Farmer Giles
    Kind of beggars belief, doesn’t it? The woman given a role that focuses on women’s issues is opposed to women’s rights. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it seems Caulfield is a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Caulfield

  13. Vanity Unfair says:

    [M]ore than 100 Christian residents, led by a priest, converged on the statue earlier this month to wave Greek flags, brandish icons and sing hymns during a protest.

    And that is when the statue spontaneously and simultaneously disintegrated and burst into holy flames.

  14. sowa says:

    “The statue has suffered two vandalism attacks since its installation on December 5.”

    Damn barbarians.

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