Motorcycling Jesus Upsets Cypriot Church And Government

Cypriot artist George Gavriel almost lost his job as a high school headmaster recently after his works depicting Jesus in unconventional settings and also taking a swipe at politicians drew the wrath of religious and government leaders.

Depictions of Jesus as a soccer fan, on a motorcycle, naked or interned in a refugee camp were "obscene", the Church said in a written complaint. The government said Gavriel violated both the spirit and the letter of his obligations as a civil servant and a high school headmaster.

However, the disciplinary action against him was dropped after a public outcry and expressions of support from lawmakers.

SOURCE: "Reuters"

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