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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Pastor Defends Bloody Jesus Float

Parade Organizers Call Float Inappropriate

POSTED: 7:48 am EST November 29, 2006

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Organizers of a holiday parade in northern Idaho are apologizing for a church-sponsored float that had an actor splashed in fake blood portraying Jesus on the cross.

The Potter's House Church of Coeur d'Alene entered the float in the annual parade that this year had the theme "A Family Holiday Tradition."

The parade had about 50 floats and was watched by an estimated 30,000 people.

Terry Cooper, executive director of the Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association, said the float was too graphic for a holiday fun-time event.

Pastor Chris Wendt defended his church's float. He told the Coeur d'Alene Press, "The greatest Christmas gift ever given was Jesus Christ and the blood he shed for forgiveness of our sins."

An actor from the church portrayed Jesus splashed with fake blood. On the sides of the float were the words "the greatest gift." On the back of the float was written "His blood."


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