Chesus Christ; MPs slam church poster lookalike of communist firebrand Guevara.
A STUNNING poster of Jesus looking like famed rebel Che Guevara Noun 1. Che Guevara - an Argentine revolutionary leader who was Fidel Castro's chief lieutenant in the Cuban revolution; active in other Latin American countries; was captured and executed by the Bolivian army (1928-1967)
Ernesto Guevara, Guevara sparked uproar last night.
Ex-Tory MP Harry Greenway Harry Greenway (born October 4, 1934), is a British Conservative politician. He was elected MP for Ealing North in 1979. He lost the seat to Labour's Stephen Pound at the 1997 general election. branded it "grossly sacrilegious sac·ri·le·gious
1. Grossly irreverent toward what is or is held to be sacred.
2. Having committed sacrilege.
sac " and said the churchmen behind it should be excommunicated.
He added he would protest to the Archbishop of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the main leader of the Church of England and by convention is also recognised as head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The current archbishop is Rowan Williams. , Dr George Carey, in the "strongest possible language".
The stark red and black image was unveiled yesterday in a shock attempt to get people back to church at Easter.
With it comes the message: Meek? Mild? As if! Discover the real Jesus. Church. April 4.
But Mr Greenway, sponsor of the Conservative Christian Fellowship The Conservative Christian Fellowship is an organisation allied with the British Conservative Party, established in 1990 by Tim Montgomerie and Conservative MP David Burrowes whilst they were students at Exeter University. , said: "Jesus was perfect. It is grossly sacrilegious to liken lik·en
tr.v. lik·ened, lik·en·ing, lik·ens
To see, mention, or show as similar; compare.
[Middle English liknen, from like, similar; see like2 him to Che Guevara." And Tory MP Ann Widdecombe Ann Noreen Widdecombe (born 4 October 1947) is a British Conservative Party politician. She is the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and a Privy Counsellor. She is a prominent member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and an outspoken supporter of traditional added: "We should be modelling ourselves on Christ, not modelling Christ on us."
The campaign was launched by the Churches' Advertising Network, which caused a storm with its ad of the Three Wise Men having a bad hair day.
It wants the posters displayed at churches, bus stops, railway stations and hoardings throughout Britain.
CAN spokesman the Rev Tom Ambrose said: "We want people to realise that Jesus was not a meek, mild wimp in a white nightie, but a real, passionate and caring person.
"Jesus was a revolutionary figure - more revolutionary than anyone in the 20th century. He was crucified exactly because he was revolutionary."
Fellow churchman Peter Owen-Jones stressed: "We are not saying that Jesus was a communist.
"We are exploiting the image of revolution, not the image of Che Guevara."
Argentinian Marxist Che helped Fidel Castro overthrow the Cuban dictatorship in 1959 and set up a communist state.
He was killed leading a rebel group in Bolivia in 1967.
The Rev Ambrose conceded that the poster - aimed at all Christian churches - might spark problems.
He said: "There is a danger that people will see it and expect something radical from their local church, which they might not get.
"We cannot control the product. Christianity is not a tin of beans."