It’s nice to know that North America isn’t the only continent to have its share of kooky priests of the Christian faith. Of course, there are nuts in all faiths, fundamentalists who love to rant up a storm and believe it’s their way or no way and they might be willing to put you to death for that belief. In the meantime they expound from the pulpit and threaten things in the past like burning Korans or more inane items…like hanging elves.
Yep, it turns out that even Denmark has a priest in Jutland who decided that elves were of the devil. We’re not talking the tall ethereal Tolkien elves; we’re talking those little green and red-dressed elves in Santa’s factory making toys for girls and boys. Whether they’re union workers, paid a decent wage, doing it out of the goodness of their magical hearts, or eldritch slaves of a sinister Santa, they’ve usually been seen as pretty harmless.
But pastor Jon Knudsen in Jutland thinks differently and not only are meek little Christmas elves of the devil but they “make children sick.” Knudsen likened decorating with elves as akin to putting up Nazi flags. Wow. Elves are very powerful with their insidious elfin ways. It seems that while some of the townspeople supported Knudsen’s protest that amounted to an elf being hung (by the neck) from the front of the church, others protested by riddling his lawn with garden gnomes or sending letters from the “elves.” In the end someone rescued the elf, leaving a note that it would be kept safe until the New Year.
Now we might be scratching our heads over the singling out of elves but they are very much part of Scandinavian folklore. I noticed there was no mention of Santa Claus, or Sinter Klaus as he is called in parts of Europe and is first an old pagan deity before the Christian church sanctified him. So what do you do with Santa, patron saint of thieves, who has become legitimized by Christianity? It’s not a far leap from Santa Claus to Satan Claws. Oh no!
The real point of discussing this ridiculousness is that it’s a waste of time. If a Christian (or other) priest practices what they preach then they should be spending far more time on charity and compassion. With much more dire issues like murder, rape, child abuse, subjugation, pollution, poverty, etc. affecting this world, Knudsen would do better to preach on how to help people than to rile up others over elves (of all things) who make children sick. I challenge him to show me a real elf; whereas I could show him poverty, abused children, raped women. That’s the true devil.
If this is all that a priest can get up to it tells me he has too much time on his hands and does not understand the faith he is supposed to be an expert in. He would do better to get off the pulpit and go back to meditation on what it truly means to be a Christian, or be of any faith that preaches tolerance, love and compassion. Oh and perhaps someone should organize a flashmob of elves on this guy’s church.
See the full article here: http://www.cphpost.dk/news/local/87-local/50617-pastor-executes-elf-to-save-christmas.html