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    Default Christmas, what does it mean to you?

    Well, if your the management at Londons famous Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, it seems to mean the opportunity to bring the story of the birth of Christ into the 21st Century...(I think the Rev should look away now).


    LONDON (Reuters) - Church leaders have united to condemn a Christmas nativity tableau depicting soccer star David Beckham as Joseph and his pop singer wife Victoria as the Virgin Mary.

    Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians said on Wednesday that the exhibit at Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum in London was a new low in the cult of celebrity worship.

    In the tableau, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue hovers above the crib as an angel while "Posh Spice" Victoria lays her shawled head tenderly on Beckham's shoulder.

    Tony Blair, George W. Bush and the Duke of Edinburgh star as The Three Wise Men. The shepherds are played by Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, British actor Hugh Grant and camp Irish comedian Graham Norton.

    The Vatican was not amused.

    "This is worse than bad taste. It is cheap," an official Vatican source told Reuters in Rome.

    "You cannot use contemporary personalities as the central figures of the nativity ... And it becomes worse, if that were possible, if the people may be of questionable moral standing," he added.

    He said it was sometimes acceptable to use modern figures in the supporting roles because it can help make Christmas contemporary -- but not the central characters.

    In Naples, for example, famous figures like Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona have been depicted as shepherds in creche scenes.

    A spokesman for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of 70 million Anglicans worldwide, reacted with weary resignation to the "Posh and Becks" tableau.

    "There is a tradition of each generation trying to re-interpret the nativity but, Oh Dear..," he said.

    Paul Handley, editor of the Anglican Church Times, thought the tableau was "just pathetic."

    "It is yet another sign that people feel they can play around with sacred things," he told Reuters. "God is not going to worry. He is going to cope -- but it is a bit depressing."

    The Reverend Rod Thomas, spokesman for the conservative evangelical grouping Reform, told Reuters: "This is just an additional indication of the way people exploit the Christian message without any real understanding of its significance."

    "Would they do the same thing for a depiction of a major event in the Muslim faith?" he asked.

    A spokesman for the Presbyterian Church was equally forthright: "The waxwork will cause offence to many and it should be pulled down straight away."

    The Beckhams were not aware of the museum's plans to depict them in the nativity scene, a spokesman for the couple told Reuters. "We have nothing to say on this" he added.

    As the row rumbles over his unsuspecting head, the England captain may have trouble counting on divine inspiration: he is in Italy preparing for Real Madrid's European Champions League clash with AS Roma -- just a stone's throw from the Vatican.
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    David Beckham as Joseph and his pop singer wife Victoria as the Virgin Mary
    A cheating husband and a definitley NOT Virgin, good start.

    Hugh Grant and camp Irish comedian Graham Norton
    Hope there are no sheep in the stall, they will be nervous.

    "Would they do the same thing for a depiction of a major event in the Muslim faith?"
    Don't think so, you couldn't keep the plastic explosive brigade away.
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    Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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    Tony Blair, George W. Bush and the Duke of Edinburgh star as The Three Wise Men.
    No irony there then!
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    Default Re: Christmas, what does it mean to you?

    Originally posted by martinm
    I think the Rev should look away now.
    Can I look now?
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    No...not yet...**looks at his watch**...O.K....Riiiight aboooouuuut...NOW!!!

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    Can we put Bill Clinton in there as Mary Magdalene?

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    Originally posted by protomkv
    Can we put Bill Clinton in there as Mary Magdalene?
    Wouldn't that be Monica?

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    Now THATS a hard one to swallow.
    Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
    Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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    "Now THATS a hard one to swallow."


    Have a cigar, Kiwi,Have a cigar.

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