Is crucifying kids crazy?

It’s not unusual for kids to perform plays in school. In decades past, every year at Christmas many schools and playschools would put on a Nativity play celebrating the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. With the secularisation of schools, this has become less popular, but in some predominantly Christian countries Christian festivals form a central part of society. This image of very young children re-enacting the crucifixion of Christ has provoked a wild debate after some Facebook users described it as horribly inappropriate.

Opponents are suggesting that the image shows children reproducing scenes of torture and death, but supporters suggest that this is exactly what the Christian faith remembers at Easter (along with the resurrection).

(A translation: The Sunday School begins in children)

There’s a young child, probably three or four years old, wearing what looks like a loin cloth and nothing else, dabbed in fake blood, wearing a crown of thorns and placed against a cross in a mock-up of the death of Jesus. Next to him are Roman soldiers and other Biblical characters are bowing at his feet.

Some Christians are saying it’s a touching reflection on their faith. Others suggest it’s insulting. Then there are areligious people announcing that the whole thing is ridiculous and that placing a child in this situation who is too young to understand the concept of death is a form of abuse.

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What do you think? Is this image of toddlers re-enacting the crucifixion inappropriate?
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