A statue depicting a homeless Jesus lying on a bench outside an Ohio church drew a police response the day it was installed when somebody thought it was a real person.
The statue was placed on the grounds of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village on Monday, the church announced on Twitter.
Twenty minutes later, the cops were called, according to the church’s pastor, Alex Martin.
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
“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…” Martin tweeted.
The sculpture, designed by Timothy Schmalz, has been placed at various churches and religious organizations in the area since October 2018, Cleveland Scene reported.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Kenneth Garger