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A ‘Homeless Jesus’ Statue Had The Cops Called On It—Within 20 Minutes Of It Being Installed

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A Cleveland church sparked backlash online after installing a bronze statue of Jesus sleeping on a park bench.

The display—located at St. Barnabas Bay Village Episcopal Church—also made enough of an impression on a spectator that he called the police to report what he mistook as a sleeping homeless person.

We’re glad to temporarily host this statue of Homeless Jesus to raise awareness of homelessness in Cleveland and remind us that all people are created in the image of God. pic.twitter.com/EKClQm7PFG

— St. Barnabas, Bay Village (@StBarnabasBV) October 12, 2020

“Homeless Jesus” made its debut at the University of Toronto in 2013 and has since been installed at other locations around the world.

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz created the statue depicting the Son of God wrapped in a blanket with his feet exposed and laying on a bench, which is also part of the sculpture.

The artist’s intention was to raise awareness and dignify homelessness in communities around the world.

While the statue was meant to invoke contemplation from passersby, it also sparked confusion.

Alex Martin, who is a priest at St. Barnabas Church, tweeted:

“Within twenty minutes of the statue arriving, I was having a conversation with a very kind police officer because someone called to report a homelss man sleeping on a park bench.”

“Within twenty minutes…”

Within twenty minutes of the statue arriving, I was having a conversation with a very kind police officer because someone called to report a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. Within twenty minutes… https://t.co/kyD1vyEd4p

— Alex Martin (@ADMartin86) October 12, 2020

Online, the church’s initial tweet with photos of “Homeless Jesus” riled those who thought the statue was exploitative of the savior’s piety.

They also slammed the congregation for not providing the destitute with actual benches and blankets instead.

if you are going to go out of your way to sculpt a bench so you can also sculpt a statue on it you could simply use the time and effort to build real benches which have actual material value. or just done nothing at all and that would have been better.

— drewbabe.net – turning gamers into antifa 🏴⬅️🎮 (@propagaming) October 14, 2020

A homeless person needs that bench … and a blanket would be nice too

— Punkavenger wants a fracking free future (@Punkavenger1) October 14, 2020

It literally would have been more helpful to homeless people to have just the bench here, perfornative wokeness in its natural habitat

— Jacob #BLM (@sitcomrade) October 14, 2020

Absolutely moronic. If you don’t see the irony in this i fear for you

— Thomas Godfrey (@Godderz97) October 13, 2020

like idk how $$ works but im thinking they could’ve maybe used the funds for the project on… idk.. maybe actually giving material help to people in need??

— zestytacos (@bolillomijo) October 14, 2020

Others defended the display and argued its message was widely misunderstood.

I swear to God people, the artist donated the statue so the city didn’t waste any money and it sure as hell got you all to talk about homelessness which I assume is one of the goals.

— Christina Zuniga (@czuniga31) October 14, 2020

And side note, homeless people need homes not more benches to sleep on for all those on here complaining about the lack of accessibility to this bench for said Homeless to sleep on.

— Christina Zuniga (@czuniga31) October 14, 2020

In response to the controversy, the church tweeted:

“If anyone wants to help, please use this link to give. Select “Homeless Jesus” and every penny raised will be used to feed, clothe, and house those in need.”

“Hopefully some good will come from all this.”

If anyone wants to help, please use this link to give. Select “Homeless Jesus” and every penny raised will be used to feed, clothe, and house those in need. Hopefully some good will come from all this. Thank you. https://t.co/NiqTi8cUcH

— St. Barnabas, Bay Village (@StBarnabasBV) October 14, 2020

This was not the first time the statue of Jesus as a vagrant created controversy.

When it arrived on the grounds of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, North Carolina in 2014, one woman reported the statue to police after also mistaking it for a homeless person.

Neighbors who were disturbed by the statue wrote letters to the church demanding its removal.

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