Swedish Church Unveils LGBT Altar Painting Depicting Same-Sex Couples & Transgenders
Painting depicts same-sex couples and transgender individuals,
The St. Pauli church in the Swedish city of Malmö has unveiled an LGBT-themed altar painting that features same-sex couples to celebrate advent.
The painting, which is called 'Paradise,' pictures two same-sex couples and transgender individuals, and based around the theme of the 16th-century painting Adam and Eve by German master painter Lucas Cranach, according to Expressen.
The creator of the painting, Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, initially attempted to donate it to Skara cathedral but was rejected for being too overtly political.
The head pastor of St. Pauli, Sofia Tunebro, described the painting as “pure joy” saying:
“We are very grateful to have it; we have become a credible church.”
“The Swedish Church has been important for same-sex couples for ten years, but we have no representation of them in art. Similar images really need to hang in many churches,” she continued.
Tunebro added that “everyone should be able to be wed and buried in front of all the pictures."
"It is not up to the individual to decide, but this is how it looks in St. Paul’s Church," she added.
"The architect-designed the church round because it is a democratic form, in Lutheran spirit. So it fits well here.”
The Swedish state church is so progressive it has been accused of lacking any Christianity.
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Another common trait among Swedish church clergy is their positive attitude towards Islam.
In 2015, lesbian Stockholm Archbishop Eva Brunn, suggested that crosses should be removed from some churches and installing Muslim prayer spaces.
In 2019, Brunn expressed her fondness for Muslims again, stating felt she had more in common with Muslims than with right-wing Christians.
Last week, Sweden's minister of justice was caught on a hot mic whispering that the country's spiraling violent crime due to mass migration "doesn't matter to me."
Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson of the Social Democrats - Sweden's ruling left-wing party - was overheard remarking on a debate about the rise in gang rapes and personal robbery as a result of his party’s immigration policy.