Green ‘stations’ of the… earth?

Secularists will eventually make environmentalism a key component of their religion.

Do we have to help them? Even as we erode our own Catholic identity?

I read this on the site of the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The Catholic Herald.

Students visit green ‘stations’

Students at a school in West Yorkshire embark on a climate change walk designed with 11 “Stations of the Environment”

Over the past few years, students and staff from St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston, West Yorkshire, have been involved in a project aiming to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the world’s poorest people and the impact our lifestyles have on the environment.

To help the campaign, Francis McCrickard of the Myddelton Grange team and Shelagh Fawcett, co-ordinator of Leeds diocese Justice and Peace Commission, came up with the idea of a climate change walk of “Stations of the Environment” about the land surrounding Myddelton Grange Centre.

The result is 11 “stations”, or stopping points, each with a beautifully designed board containing local and global information as well as spiritual reflections. The walk takes people not only on a journey through the extensive woodland and farmland of Myddelton but also on a much deeper journey. Each station gives information about its location but also makes connections with the global reality of climate change and invites a spiritual reflection.

St Mary’s pupils and staff have been involved in the project from the outset. Commenting on the student involvement Shelagh Fawcett said: “It is great to see our young people so passionate about creating a more just world and to witness their creativity in encouraging us all to recognise what we can do to make a difference.”

The climate change walk was officially opened by Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley and Ilkley, who said: “It was a wonderful privilege to be asked to officially open the walk. The fact that more than 8,000 trees have been planted thus far is a remarkable achievement. They will serve as a great legacy for generations to come and, of course, have a positive impact on the local environment. It was particularly fitting that the opening was timed to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban. I am proud that the current Government has committed itself to supporting international development at levels greater than any of its predecessors and, working alongside agencies such as Cafod, much good work is being done.

“I look forward to visiting the walk again in the future and would like to congratulate everyone at Myddelton Grange for what they have achieved.”

It seems to me that using the model of “Stations of the Cross” this was introduces a confusing element in our Catholic identity.

Am I wrong?

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    New Age worship of Gaia or in the Roman hierarchy of false gods and goddesses, Terra, in disguise, these stations are bordering on blasphemy. Those who adore the earth, adore the creature, not the creation. Plus, it is just plain stupid to ruin a centuries old tradition of meditating on the Passion and Death of Christ for what–a tribute to political correctness? Poor kids…

  2. Scarltherr says:

    You are absolutely correct Fr. Z! This is part of a trend. Our local parish school won a national Green Schools award. Last Lent, I saw numerous syndicated articles in our local Catholic Voice. They suggested giving up plastic bags and changing light bulbs for lent. Worship of the earth goddess is infiltrating our church. These ‘stations’ seem blatantly sacrilegious to me.

  3. irishgirl says:

    This is being done in a CATHOLIC school? Oh, good grief….
    Don’t these people realize that this earth is NOT our ‘permanent home’? Why aren’t the kids being taught that there is a ‘better’ dwelling place than this poor world….namely, heaven? We are here to save our souls so that we can go to heaven….period! Not to ‘worship the environment’!
    You’re right, Supertradmum; this is just plain stupid, and all in the name of ‘political correctness’!

  4. TomD says:

    While concern for the environment, when it is based on sound scientific evidence, is a good thing, it seems that the “Stations of the Environment” approach is misguided. How many of these children know what the Stations of the Cross are? And are they also being faithfully catechized as part of their education in a Catholic high school? Is this “project” yet another example of a more modernist, secular mentality in the Church displacing traditional religious faith?

  5. Fr-Bill says:

    Climate change is real! But it has nothing to do with the inhabitants of the planet. Such change is cyclical and has been going on for many years prior to the advent of the machine age. The 11 “stations” mentioned are out-of-line with the 1st Commandment and should be burned.

  6. ReginaMarie says:

    Our former parish had something similar to this one Lenten season. Instead of the Stations of the Cross (odd & abstract as they were at that parish), the Stations were replaced with large posters showing images of the poor & disenfranchised of the world. Meditation (which should stir us to action) on the sufferings of the poor has its place…but its place is not in place of the Stations of the Cross, during which we are to meditate on the Passion of Our LORD.

  7. Grace says:

    It trivialises the Passion of Our Lord.

  8. APX says:

    I’m with Fr. Bill on climate change; It’s all cyclical. I’m not fond of these parodies of stations of the cross either.

  9. digdigby says:

    Maybe you’ll think I’m old-fashioned but if they care about the earth so much why don’t they do something really meaningful like sacrifice children to make the crops grow.

  10. Elizabeth D says:

    Apparently this is a trend. There was a New Oxford Review review of a book called “Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology” which described women religious who were inspired by the questionable but not-formally-condemned Tielhardian eco-theology of a Passionist priest named Fr Thomas Berry. They seem to basically be pantheists.

    “Doubtless the most egregious departure from Catholic Tradition is the Earth Meditation Trail at Genesis Farm, which has been imitated across the land. The Trail is made of “stations” to evoke, in Taylor’s words, “the Catholic paraliturgical activity of walking the ‘stations of the cross.'” It is a “series of prayer stations” that depicts not Christ’s Passion, but “the earth’s Passion.” [….] Then she arrives at the “Council of All Beings,” a circle of stones and trees where she assumes the role of a non-human creature to discuss “what is wrong on earth.” She then walks along the “Path of the Great Elders,” a line of old maple trees, and comes to the “Place of At-One-Ment,” where a stone seat faces a scarred cherry tree that survived being surrounded with barbed wire. Here she is told to reflect on “human sins” against the natural world and ask forgiveness from “this community.””

    Follow the link to read all the gory details

    On the other hand, let us not be tempted to discard environmental concerns because heretics espouse them. Together with Pope Benedict I strongly believe we do need to be committed to stewardship and reverent care for God’s beautiful and awesome Creation which He has given to men. It is for the common good to do so too, and so a matter of charity.

  11. BillyHW says:

    Can’t wait to hear what Michael Voris of Real Catholic TV (based out of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend) has to say about this. :)

  12. asperges says:

    The issue is how strong their real Catholic education is: do they ever do (or even heard about) the Stations of the Cross? Is this in fact a parody or are we all jumping to conclusions?

    For some, there is something attractive about green issues, particularly for the young who like to embrace causes. Being green is going to be more popular than morality, Christian doctrine, Mass and the Sacraments. Anyway no-one will fall out about hugging trees and becoming a vegetarian and recycling paper bags.

    The Anglicans espoused these sorts of fluffy pink issues years ago in schools when they abandoned anything approaching doctrine. Look where that got them.

  13. wmeyer says:

    This is not just confusing, not just a bad idea. This is evil, and as Supertradmum said, verges on blasphemy. I see no way that these stations can be taken to be other than parallel to the Stations of the Cross.

    As to the subject of climate change, considering the long time role the Church has played in the advancement and support of science, this is all the more offensive. Quite apart from the lack of honest science in making the “case” for global warming, the supposed rate of temperature rise, and the negligible decrease which would supposedly be achieved after beggaring our economy, should have been a sufficient clue.

    We are awash in idiocy. Abortions, birth control, supposed global warming. This is a culture not merely of death, but of suicide.

  14. contrarian says:

    No, you aren’t wrong. This is nutty. Stalwart defender of all things orthodox that you are, I’m sometimes confused by your right-winginess. But you aren’t wrong here. To talk of environmental stewardship through the language of ‘stations’ is, I’d argue, borderline blasphemous. Perhaps it’s not Gaia worship (a phrase that serves as a placeholder by some for all pro-environment sentiment), but it’s incredibly daft. And, as I said, it’s not the sort of language that one concerned with properly honoring our Lord should want to adopt.


    Worse thing is that this sort of thing seems like the sort of thing that the Episcopalians would do.

  15. Jeremiah says:

    Read the whole article, even mo disturbed. Some of these people are so blind that when wht was likely a demonic possession occurred in their midst, they didn’t recognize it. Maybe LarryD over at Acts of the Apostasy should add these sisters to his Adopt a Priestess project.

  16. Centristian says:

    “It seems to me that using the model of “Stations of the Cross” this was introduces a confusing element in our Catholic identity.”

    Confusing is a good adjective. I was thinking more along the lines of “ridiculous”, “absurd”, “assinine”…words like that. Contrarian offered “daft”; well said.

  17. shane says:

    I am agnostic on climate change but this goes beyond the pale and is indeed blasphemous.

  18. teomatteo says:

    So… whats next? hows about glass beads. Strung on a nonanimal leather. Blue beads for the ocean and green for the earth. At each bead we summon a thing that we can do to save the earth/ocean. In the shape of a circle to represent the oneness of the universe. hang it on a rearview mirror. Sell for $10 in the school bookstore. amen

  19. persyn says:

    Sure. Stations of the Earth, and their primary sacrament is abortion. Biggest sin is moral absolutes. This neo-pagan religion (scientism) is shaping up day by day. Oh. And it won’t be long, men will be excluded from their “clergy”…. prystesses only!

  20. digdigby says:

    Lets not forget ‘Yoga Stations of the Cross”:

  21. q7swallows says:

    Since the Stations of the Cross originated with the Mother of God retracing the steps of her Son’s Passion following the Last Supper, a “green stations” seems a hijacking or a shifting–however well-intentioned–of the meditation upon the loving Savior of ALL to the backdrop (earth).  And ultimately, it’s actually a disservice to the earth since its caretakers must be cured and well-ordered first.  Trickle-down spiritual economics!

  22. mhazell says:

    Why am I not surprised that someone from the “Justice and Peace Commission” was involved? (sigh)

    I’m pretty sure that abortion is a big (if not the biggest) “justice and peace” issue in the Diocese of Leeds. Any mention of that? Any school awareness-raising projects about the effects of abortion and the “impact our lifestyles have” on the unborn? Any real, authentic, Christian Stations being prayed for them?

    Oh well, their local MP congratulated the school on “what they have achieved”. And they made it into the newspaper. So that’s all right then. (!)

  23. pmullane says:

    I do wonder how a faithful Catholic with a proper understanding of and devotion to the stations of the cross could consider this without realising how deeply unsettling and inappropriate it is. Kind of like when someone uses ‘rape’ or ‘cancer’ as a metophor in front of someone who has experienced the real thing.
    It also disturbs me the kinds of people that Catholic leaders are aligning themselves with in the ‘Green movement’. Firstly, the credibility of The Church will be harmed as the lies and deceptions of the Man Made Global Warming peddles are continue to be exposed (see ‘climategate’), for example, my fiance

  24. Johnno says:

    I recall years ago seeing a Popular Mechanics or Science magazine cover that warned us all back in the late 80s that ‘ANOTHER ICE AGE IS COMING!’

    Well that never happened, so recently the experts told us we had to fear ‘GLOBAL WARMING’!!! Things are heating up and it’s all our fault!

    Well the scientific data for that was bunk, and even some of its own adherents admitted it was a farce in the end. Now not knowing whether we are warming or cooling the same thing has been wrapped up in a more vague title called ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’!!!! Omigosh! The climate is changing! Imagine that! And it’s somehow our fault too! Forget about inconvenient truths such as that the recent natural Volcano in Iceland polluted the Earth at a staggeringly higher rate in a coiple of days than human industry ever could ever produce over thousands of years…

    The entire Climate Alarm thing is an unscientific hoax designed to get governments and corporations to support the ideologies of insane environmentalists and to con billions of dollars from us at the cost of stifling entire economies and forcing the third world and poorer nations who need to industralize in order to lift themselves out of poverty from doing so. Not to mention the fact that these crazies also want to reduce the entire world population down by erasing 4.5 billion of us over the course of time and so also take our money to fund population control methods that promote abortion, sterlilizations, contraceptives, encouragement of exploring non-heterosexual sex as a method of birth control, one child policies, and other policies that will in effect destroy the family unit and limit to eliminate the influence of the Catholic Church and any competing religions or ideologies that stand in teh way of their goals and designs for our planet and human civilization.

    It’s no surprise that Catholic Schools are hopping on this bandwagon. The experts are telling them this is what they should do nd use nice words like community and stuff to encourage indoctrinating our children with it. They think it’s hip and cool and that the kids love that stuff and let’s not forget government and funding pressures.

    God gave us the mandate to be stewards of the Earth. But not for the Earth’s own sake, but chiefly because it is to serve the needs of humanity and to comprehend the glory of God the Creator. The current environmentalist mentality is to serve the Earth at the cost of humanity believing the creation to be divine itself without a creator. And if nature is divine, then man, a ‘product of nature’ with his own ‘natural inclinations which include sins’ is therefore like a god and shall follow his own will, and some gods are simply better than others and have the priveledges that nature happened to grant him to make the other lesser gods bow to him.

  25. Dan says:

    I agree that this confuses our Catholic identity with environmental concerns that are often usurped to advance a left-of-center political agenda.

    Nevertheless, Catholics should have a proper reverence and concern for the environment, without confusing the creature with the creator, as supertradmum pointed out.

    I do think that many conservatives have a tendency to sneer at all environmental efforts as if they were a front for a fifth column of secularists and masons intent on destroying the Church. Rather, it would seem that our Faith requires that we do all we can to preserve God’s creation (for our own benefit and that of our fellow man) by taking what we need to fulfill our temporal needs and being good stewards of what God has given us. Honestly, whenever I see images of the rubbish piled high on the streets of Calcutta where the Missionaries of Charity care for the poor, I feel guilty about all the excess we have in the West.

    To that effect, I try in my own little way to recycle whatever I can, and not use more water, heat, light, etc. than necessary. There should be no contradiction between this and being a faithful Catholic, which includes being a faithful steward of all God’s creation – by protecting everything from innocent human life to all the other fruits of His creating hand.

  26. yatzer says:

    @teomatteo, don’t give them ideas. I can actually see that bead thing catching on.

  27. AnAmericanMother says:

    Contrarian . . .
    “Worse thing is that this sort of thing seems like the sort of thing that the Episcopalians would do.”

    Ding!Ding!Ding! We have a winner!

    They’ve already done it. (Johnson’s Law in action once again!)

    Their website has been scrubbed as a result of highly sustained and enthusiastic ridicule, but the Presiding Bishopess and Episcopal Relief and Development promoted this back in 2008.

    You won’t find it at the official TEC website, but you can read about it in this article in Slate and elsewhere if you look.

    Sounds like the idea has already infected some Catholic parishes. BAD idea. It’s sacrilegious, it confuses politics with religion, and it gives ‘environmentalism’ a religious imprimatur. BAD idea all around.

  28. pmullane says:

    Apologies for the fragmented post, I had written a lengthy treatise on a dodgy RCIA incident that for some reason didn’t publish. Of course we should not abuse the good gifts of the earth, however we should use them to improve the lives of our brothers and sisters, and anyway, I have yet to meet anyone who polluted for the enjoyment of it. Conservatives of my knowledge make the real environmentalists, as they seek to conserve the goods of the land, unlike environmentalists who destroy our countryside with unsightly wind farms and the like.

  29. Helena Augusta says:

    Calcutta aside, there is a widespread problem with landfills reaching capacity. The garbage in our locality now has to be toted a considerable distance at a fair amount of expense. The importance of conservation and preservation of the wonders of nature for all of us is a fact of contemporary life no matter what side of the ideological spectrum you happen to occupy. In countries like Japan, where space is limited, they take recycling rules and other such efforts very seriously and it has nothing to do with earth worship.

    That aside, “Stations of the Environment” is inappropriate at best and blasphemous at worst.

  30. jjfxg says:

    environmental stewardship was taught to me in the boy scouts. there was no need to make it spiritual or so effeminate (no offense meant to women). it’s pretty simple; want a cleaner, more beautiful earth, then take care of it.

  31. KAS says:

    Fr. Z, I am totally with you on this one. It is NOT a good thing at all. Good stewardship should only take a short time to cover the needs of being responsible and certainly does NOT need to be elevated to the status of a sacramental!! It is blasphemous to change the Stations of the Cross to something that borders on worship of the planet.

    Satan has confused a lot of well meaning people into creating substitutes for actual Catholic practices. It is evil even in the people involved are nice and well meaning.

    It is stuff like this, which is sadly way way too common, that makes it essential to many of us that we make the sacrifices needed to have Catholic Home School. I want my kids to know the beauty of our Faith and the proper place of stewardship in that big picture! I certainly don’t want them putting environmentalism up there as equal to people being able to grow their own food or support their families with dignity!

    I have met too many Catholics who are devout environmentalists or devout animal rightists who cannot comprehend that their favorite idols are not Catholic Tradition and are contrary to the deposit of Faith.

    Your take on this “stations” is spot on and not in the slightest too much.

  32. gracie says:

    Regina Marie,

    “Our former parish had something similar to this one Lenten season . . . the Stations were replaced with large posters showing the poor and disenfranchised of the world.”

    My neighboring parish has the same set up only it’s not just for Lent. They have put up huge, poster-sized photographs between each of the Stations showing poor people from different countries. At the bottom of each photo is the name of the country. The real Stations are small and of a wood that matches the wall and so they’re hard to see, even up close. Instead you have these tacky posters to look at. There’s something very condescending in the people who do these things – it’s as if you’re too stupid or dense or uncaring to think about these people so they have to stick those images in front of you to REMIND YOU of the suffering going on outside the church doors – the thought that they’re co-opting the real Stations as well as distracting you from your worship I’m sure doesn’t even enter into their thinking.

  33. Sigh. And as Fr. Z’s pointed out before, it’s so unnecessary. We ALREADY have a Catholic occasion for praying for the earth and of penitence. It’s called Rogation Days.

    People could walk all around the parish boundaries for days and days with a real procession. (And they could have a traditional dragon banner to boot.) It would be awesome instead of noisome. But nooooo, we’d rather copy off of stupid memes invented two years ago, when it would hardly take any effort to reach into the attic and pull out our own traditions.

    But of course, it’s not really about teaching the Catholic tradition of care for God’s Creation. It’s about appearing to care, and impressing the right people. It’s important to teach about how Creation really was groaning for salvation, and that the Lord loves Creation. But this kind of breathless imposition of spiritual fads on helpless parishioners is not going to teach anything but a distaste for churchgoing.

  34. PostCatholic says:

    Wow, I was at a very nice holiday party last month where there were seven stations: Chinese, Carving, Sushi, Mediterranean, Pasta, Salad, and my favorite, Dessert. I had no idea of the blasphemy I was contemplating by faithfully completing that circuit! Perhaps I unwittingly was worshiping Bacchus, the ancient god of gluttony. I certainly made a pig of myself that night. Are suburban country clubs the new temples of pagan worship?

    Also, what’s wrong with respecting the natural resources of the earth? Am I allowed to plant a vegetable garden in March or buy LED lightbulbs only if I want to enjoy those things on a rapacious consumptive level, or is it wrong of me to reduce my electric bill and cut down on gas-wasting trips to the market? Curious, curious. I think I will have to buy some plastic bottles and throw them in the river to atone for my Gaean eco-sinning.

  35. NoTambourines says:

    I graduated from a Catholic high school in the late ’90s. This seems about par for the course.

    I think the disproportionate focus on “common ground” with anyone and everything has blurred the focus on what makes us Catholic. Without an accompanying emphasis on the truth of the Catholic faith, it also invites in all manner of bits of syncretism to sneak in and becomes a gateway for Catholics to be picked off by other belief systems, including popular secular trends and overall worldliness.

    It’s as if a large bloc of Catholics decided to try to make people like them and the Church by no longer being themselves. In trying to be all things to all people, there are things you can’t be and still be Catholic. Like being a pagan. Or a Protestant. Or a free-range grazer on the “spiritual” savanna. But so for the sake of common ground, they try to peddle a watered-down, supposedly more palatable pop “Catholicism” that results in silly spectacles like this.

  36. aspiringpoet says:

    Yes, this is creepy and misguided, inappropriate. As others have pointed out, it does not logically follow that any and all concern for the environment is somehow un-Christian.

  37. asperges says: Being green is going to be more popular than morality, Christian doctrine, Mass and the Sacraments.

    It already is, and has been for years. People who nonchalantly brush off evils like abortion and concubinage tremble with rage at the sight of someone smoking a cigarette. I seem to recall that 30 or 40 years ago, William F. Buckley made an observation to the effect that a man who wouldn’t dream of throwing a piece of trash over the side of his boat wouldn’t think twice about committing adultery on that same boat.

  38. Tantum Ergo says:

    And to think “being green” was once frowned upon.
    I recall that in “Wind in the Willows” that Mr. Toad was sentenced to an extra year imprisonment for precisely that offense. Saith the Judge: “… and another year for being GREEN!”

  39. Parasum says:

    “Confusing” ? How about – blasphemous ? And why is the bishop of the Catholic tolerating this junk ?

  40. Parasum says:

    …the Catholic *diocese*…

  41. digdigby says:

    Miss Anita Moore –
    “William F. Buckley made an observation to the effect that a man who wouldn’t dream of throwing a piece of trash over the side of his boat wouldn’t think twice about committing adultery on that same boat.”

    Thanks! That is PRICELESS and is going into my commonplace book – very few things make it but that is no contest.

  42. AnAmericanMother says:

    I’m sure if you consider it dispassionately, you can see the difference.
    There’s a time and place for buffets or rijstaafel or any other sequential progress (like the Rogation Days or “beating the bounds” that Suburbanbanshee mentioned). And good stewardship and conservation (without all the panic and running in circles and overbearing government interference) are well established (Biblically and otherwise) Christian concerns.
    But it is wrong (objectively, dispassionately wrong) to take down the Stations of the Cross and put buffet tables up in church for a party meal.
    This is just as wrong — replacing a religious observance with a secular fad of the moment and treating it as though it is the equivalent. The very definition of “sacrilege”.

  43. Johnno says:

    The common occurrence of people who abandon morality and picking up extremist views with concern to the environment and misguided civil rights is a well known pattern.

    When they jettison a moral standard overboard, they subconsciously feel they have to make it up in some way to continue to feel ‘holy’ and ‘justified’ that they are good people by fighting in good fights. Environmentalism is convenient. They can have unrestricted immoral sex and indulge in other immoral behavior so long as they feel they can bargain their way into it by putting effort into doing things that don’t require too great a personal struggle in their lives. Platitude Environmentalism is a nice option. Other options include fighting for homosexual rights, protesting capitalism in favor of Socialist doctrines, women’s rights to abortions, social justice initiatives at the expense of other important matters and so on and so forth…

  44. PostCatholic says:

    No, AnAmericanMother, no matter how dispassionate I get, I just can’t seem to go over the top to blasphemy and pagan ritual and portents of doom like so many did in their comments. I agree with Rev. Zuhlsdorf that in this instance there seems to be an attempt to parallel the via crucis and such perhaps represents a dilution of an important Catholic symbol and confusion regarding its sacred nature. That’s as far as you can take me. From the provided context, it does not seem that there was in fact an attempt to replace the latter with a new sacrilegious ritual. I feel that the notions expressed here that ecological concern isn’t important, climate change is an “unscientific hoax”, or that participating in a poorly-conceived lesson plan is akin to chanting to Gaea are just way, way out there on the lunatic fringe.

  45. Supertradmum says:


    Thankfully, you have not met the nutsies I have who do chant to Gaia. Many are students with whom I have come into contact, who are also into wicca. I can spare you the details, but I suggest you take a look at some of the New Age groups in your area. This type of confusion of paganism and mythology may also be found among some who engage in varieties of Hindu paganism. Some of these worshipers of Gaia, or Terra, call Christ the ideal man, lower case m, an embodiment of life, and a mystic guide. I suggest you read
    “Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life” at

    which specifically mentions Gaia here: “What has been successful is the generalisation of ecology as a fascination with nature and resacralisation of the earth, Mother Earth or Gaia, with the missionary zeal characteristic of Green politics. The Earth’s executive agent is the human race as a whole, and the harmony and understanding required for responsible governance is increasingly understood to be a global government, with a global ethical framework. The warmth of Mother Earth, whose divinity pervades the whole of creation, is held to bridge the gap between creation and the transcendent Father-God of Judaism and Christianity, and removes the prospect of being judged by such a Being.”

    I have used in and out of the classroom, as recently as two months ago, contradicting a Jesuit priest, who teaches the enneagram, condemned in this document with other New Age junk.

  46. PostCatholic says:

    No, I’ve met those folks. Some of them are friends, and to each their own; I don’t believe in any deities, no matter why they’re resurrected. I don’t think anyone is harming anything by trying to keep the earth a nice habitat for humans. Well, with the possible exception of harm their faculties of reason. I just don’t think you were fair to these people who set up these “stations,” Super-trad-mom. I doubt they were motivated in any way by neopaganism or intended to blaspheme the Abrahamic god. I think they reached for a convenient analog and chose a fairly specific one that could confuse people, and that’s too bad. Perhaps they ought to have called their exhibit a “gallery in sequence” to avoid the outrage of a different sort of nutsies.

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