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Apr 06, 2007 at 02:09am IST

Jesus! Chocolate, Obama and a row

New York: There have been Jesus action figures, wax Jesus and Jesus bobble heads and now heads are bobbling over two new Jesus controversies in the US a week before Easter.

Senator Barak Obama, a candidate for the 2008 US presidential election, has been turned into a bobbling puppet Jesus and an artist in New York has turned chocolate into a Jesus sculpture.

The chocolate Jesus has drawn the sharpest reactions. "That's not the way you want to see Jesus—naked as a chocolate," said one New York resident. The sculpture is by Cosimo Cavallaro, the same artist who once covered a hotel room in melted cheese.

“The problem is chocolate and the idea of eating something like that. I even have trouble eating chocolate bunnies," said another New York resident.

Actually the Jesus sculpture was meant to be displayed and not eaten, but the New York hotel that was supposed to display it in a gallery backed out after the president of the Catholic League went ballistic. Cavallaro and the league’s president shouted at each other on CNN.

"We have a lot of these loser artists," said the league’s president on CNN.

"He's acting like a Nazi," Cavallaro replied.

"You're accusing me of being like the Taliban that right?" said the president.

"You're not that intelligent," Cavallaro shot back.

The chocolate Jesus makes the Obama Jesus seem tame but the Senator is not taking any chances with sentiments.

His office put out a statement saying "while we respect first amendment rights and don't think the artist was trying to be offensive, Senator Obama as a rule isn't a fan of art that offends religious sensibilities."

As for the chocolate Jesus, he's been spending time in a refrigerated truck and is now at an undisclosed storage space while the artist decides where to display him, saying there've been plenty of offers.