It appears that religious statues are causing problems on both sides of the border this week. In Pennsylvania, a teenager is facing two years in jail for sexually mocking a statue of Jesus. Now, in Vancouver, a nude statue of the devil with a rather prominent erection has been removed. Warning: some may find the picture below disturbing [and others may find it intimidating]
What is remarkable (beyond the obvious) is that someone created this work and mounted it on top of a pedestal at obviously great effort. This is not exactly your typical graffiti artist with a spray can. The pedestal once held a statue of Columbus that was moved from the city’s Grandview-Woodlands neighborhood. Some people complained that the roughly 9 foot statue (and unestimated member) was offensive.
By the way, Satan is not the only religious figure with ungodly dimensions. He would have competition from Priapus (or Priapos) the Greek god of fertility and, you guessed it, male genitalia. He was considered a “minor” god but his statues were anything but undersized.