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Chocolate Jesus Sculpture Creates Religious Diversity Angst

After artist Cosimo Cavallaro created a milk chocolate sculpture of a naked Christ with his arms outstretched as if on an invisible cross. The sculpture, which was set to be debuted in an NYC gallery on Monday, and be on display until Easter Sunday, has now been cancelled, due to angst from the Catholic community.

According to CBS News: "“This is one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever,? said Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League. “It's not just the ugliness of the portrayal, but the timing — to choose Holy Week is astounding.?

He called for an economic boycott of the hotel, which he described as “already morally bankrupt.?"

In an Anderson Cooper interview between Donohue and Cavallaro on CNN, Donohue also attacked Cavallaro's religious beliefs and referenced the Taliban, as well as Judaism and the presence of swastikas. Cavallaro said his only purpose was to share the "sweetness of Christ."

Donohue continually told Cavallaro that his art should be placed in a "dump in SoHo so that no one will pay attention."

The religious diversity and displaying of beliefs and stereotypes displayed in the interview was astounding and disturbing. The CBS News article was able to remain very objective and not editorialize at all, but it definitely speaks to the remaining religious persecution and diversity in this country.

The CBS News article
The CNN Anderson Cooper interview