Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swedish Court Calls Church's Name Unacceptable, Offensive

A Swedish court has thrown cold water on the Madonna of Orgasm Church (Orgasmens Madonnas kyrka), ruling that the church’s name is unacceptable and offensive.

No, really?

Seriously, though, the Madonna of Orgasm Church is centered on a similarly named painting by founder Carlos Bebeacua. That same painting sparked protests during the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville, Spain.

Bebeacua once told the Kvallsposten newspaper:
“The orgasm is God, the orgasm should be worshiped. The orgasm is the ultimate feeling of lust, it shouldn’t be limited to ejaculation. You can reach it through art or by looking at a landscape and thinking ‘Wow!’”
Bebeacua has been trying to register the church as a faith community in Sweden, hoping to swell the ranks of people that would then consider the orgasm as God.

In November of last year, the county administrative court overruled Sweden’s Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet), which had refused to register the Madonna of Orgasm Church because it considered the name offensive.

But the Administrative Court of Appeal on Tuesday overturned the lower court’s decision.

Admittedly, you can bet that Bebeacua's heart sagged, sunk, deflated, you name it. Most of their objection was the same as Kammarkollegiet's: the name.
“In the opinion of the administrative court of appeal, the intention of such a combination of words, even in relation to the registration of a community for religious activities, must be to offend, not only for those within the wider circles of the general public who have Christian leanings, but also in society in general."
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3 comments:

memory stick said...

Bebeacua tried to register the church religion in Sweden, hoping to inflate the number of people who see God as an orgasm.

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If the agency does not appeal the court’s decision within three weeks, then it must process Bebeacua’s application to register the church, which he founded in the early 1990s.

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