A church in Malmö, Sweden caused controversy by unveiling a controvertial altarpiece.
This new altarpiece replaces Adam and Eve in paradise with gay couples. Besides, it shows a serpent as a transgender woman tempting them.
Artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin is an openly lesbian artist. She made this work in 2012. She tried to donate it to the Skara Cathedral just before the church was preparing to conduct the first same-sex wedding in its 1,000-year history.
However, the church did not received the gift, saying it was about political activism and not faith.
Years passed by and the artist tried to donate her art once more. This time, St. Paul’s Church in Malmo accepted the painting called “Paradise” as its new altarpiece and unveiled it on Sunday, the first day of Advent.
Helena Myrstener, the pastor, said that “history was written” in the hanging of the “LGBT altarpiece” as she tweeted a photo of the painting.
På söndag skrivs historia. Sveriges enda hbtq-altartavla (Elisabeth Ohlsson Wallin) tas emot i S:t Pauli kyrka i M-ö. Självklart hänger den i koret, bredvid den ”gamla” altartavlan. Vi är så glada o stolta! pic.twitter.com/W5TBkL8osa
— helena myrstener 📎 (@helenamyrstener) 27 de noviembre de 2019
“It is with pride and joy that we receive” The Paradise “in St. Paul’s Church. We need images that pave the way for greater inclusion and identification in the church, “ says Pastor Sofia Tunebro, head of labor, in a press release.
But the painting did not pleased everyone. Some people expressed their opinions through social media.
One member commented on Twitter “The politization has gone too far,”as she announced leaving the Church.
Idag postade jag mitt brev för utträde ur Svenska kyrkan. Politiseringen har gått för långt.https://t.co/I0t09DO0Qf
— Mira Aksoy 🎄 (@miraaksoys) 1 de diciembre de 2019