Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Blasphemous statue prosecution

Action: prayers, please, for the success of this court case. This is an update on the story about the statue of Our Lord in a state of sexual arousal: see the first post here. The statue is based on a statue of the Sacred Heart. This is a really vicious attack on Christianity, and Catholicism in particular. The prosecution is being organised by Evangelical Protestants, however: a big 'thank you' to them!

Christian Voice is also campaigning to have the statue destroyed by its art-collector owners.

From Christian Voice: Following a Court Hearing earlier today, the Baltic Centre in Gateshead faces a Crown Court trial over its exhibition of the blasphemous statue of our Lord and Saviour owned by Anita Zabludowicz. Despite a string of technical arguments, Gateshead Magistrates allowed the prosecution, brought by Emily Mapfuwa with help from the Christian Legal Centre, to proceed. They did not agree to the Baltic Centre's application for the Crown Prosecution Service to take the case over, but said they would instead inform the CPS as a matter of course.

The case will now come back to the same court in 21 days for a committal hearing to the Crown Court. Outraging public decency is a common law charge which can only be heard in the higher court. The lesser charge of an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 was

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen