Chocolate Jesus Idea Tasteless, Say German Churches

December 2, 2008

Duisburg, Germany (ChattahBox) — Frank Oynhausen wanted to reintroduce traditional religious values into the commercial world. He set up his business of selling “Sweet Lord” chocolate with Jesus. However, the German protestant churches criticized the idea and the Roman Catholics weren’t amused either.

Oynhausen had been unemployed since losing a recycling business two years ago. He set up his business of selling Jesus chocolates along with a friend who is a local chocolate-maker. Although he was criticized heavily by the German churches nevertheless, the business is growing fast in his home town of Duisburg and on the internet. According to Oynhausen, thousands of people have already placed their orders for the chocolates wrapped in gold foil. Oynhausen hopes to be able to export them around the world one day and reckons that there are parts of the United States where these chocolates will be especially popular.

“It is terrible that Jesus is being wrapped up in gold foil and sold along with chocolate bunnies, edible penguins and lollipops,” said Aegidius Engel, a spokesman for the archbishopric of nearby Paderborn. “This is ruining the symbol of Jesus himself,” he added.

In 2007, a life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus caused an outcry from Roman Catholics when an art gallery in New York wanted to exhibit it in a window.


Comments

4 Responses to “Chocolate Jesus Idea Tasteless, Say German Churches”

  1. That Wacky Jesus Gets Around « Altarkation’s Blog on December 2nd, 2008 7:29 pm

    […] Some German Christians are unhappy about the sale of tasty Jesus chocolates.  An archbishopric spokesperson said ““It is terrible that Jesus is being wrapped up in gold foil and sold along with chocolate bunnies… This is ruining the symbol of Jesus himself” [ChattahBox] […]

  2. mark on December 3rd, 2008 12:56 am

    so its bad to eat chocolate jesus, but on sunday it is ok to eat cracker jesus. im confused.

  3. James A Woods on December 3rd, 2008 11:25 am

    That’s not Jesus. Jesus was Jewish; that guy looks Germanic.

    It’s interesting that Mr. Engel is upset about harm to the image of Jesus, but appearantly unconcerned about offending God. I also wonder how many of these people worried about the chocolate Jesus have no issue with candy canes. The inventor of the candy cane had a similar goal to that of Mr. Oynhausen.

  4. Beth Norwood on December 3rd, 2008 1:29 pm

    Oh my! It’s gonna keep people out of the churches, they’ll think they can just eat one of these chocolates and thereby do Holy Communion all by themselves!

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