Jesus statue removed from Baptist church for being 'too Catholic'

Sculptor says removal is 'crazy'

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A statue of Jesus Christ is being removed from a South Carolina Baptist church for looking "too Catholic."

A statue of Jesus Christ is being removed from a South Carolina Baptist church for looking "too Catholic."

Greenville News reports the statue that has been standing for more than a decade at Red Bank Baptist Church will be removed because it is "causing some confusion." The church says its congregation doesn't believe the statue is representative of the Baptist church. A letter signed by Red Bank's senior pastor Dr. Jeff Wright backs up the parishioners claims.

Bert Baker Jr., the artist who carved the statue, doesn't agree with the pastor's letter.

"I'm not interested in stirring the pot, but people not liking it because it looked too Catholic is crazy, man. It's been up there for 11 years. I don't agree with the letter, it bothers me."

Baker hopes the statue won't be destroyed, but instead donated or sold to another church.

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