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Golden Calf Spoofs Wall Street Bull: An Occupy Wall Street Video

Link to a photo of the Golden Calf at Flickr: here.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFVS39dQ-E]

About the video:

“Golden Calf at Occupy Wall Street”

Occupy Wall Street was greeted with a Golden Calf named “Greed”. A group of interfaith activists and religious leaders marched with the giant, golden statue, as a counterpoint to “Charging Bull”, the Wall Street Bull. On the side, it read “False Idol”. Yesterday, as Kimberly and Ian Wilder took a break from the occupation, and were heading away from Liberty Square, they encountered this march headed for Liberty Square at about 3:15pm on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Many of the signs say “Jesus is with the 99%”. And, there was at least one sign from a radical Jew.

You can find out more about Occupy Wall Street at: www.occupywallst.org

There is an excellent article about this interfaith march at ABClocal…The article also notes that one protester was arrested Sunday night for trying to sleep on Wall Street proper.

(excerpt from) Eyewitness News/ABC Local
Local religious leaders join Wall Street protest
October 9, 2011

…Religious leaders from mosques, synagogues and churches in our area came to Zuccotti Park, they say not to support the Occupy Wall Street protesters, rather because they too are part of this movement.

“There can be no such thing as justice until there is economic justice,” Rev. Michael Ellick of Judson Memorial Church said.

Rev. Ellick led the procession.

The group carried a golden calf, they say a symbol of our spiritual poverty, a false idol…

Background on the Golden Calf from Wikipedia:

According to the Hebrew Bible, the golden calf (עֵגֶּל הַזָהָב ‘ēggel hazâhâḇ) was an idol (a cult image) made by Aaron to satisfy the Israelites during Moses’ absence, when he went up to Mount Sinai. The calf was intended to be a physical representation of the God of Israel, and therefore was doubly wrong for involving Israel in idolatry and for ascribing physicality to God.

In Hebrew, the incident is known as ḥēṭ’ ha‘ēggel (חֵטְא הַעֵגֶּל) or “The Sin of the Calf”.

3 Responses

  1. […] “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”. It’s possible that the Wall Street protests speak to the basic tenants of Christ, that this time may be a reminder to those committed to spiritual values that putting money first […]

  2. Re: the signs “Jesus is with the 99%”, I would go further to say that Jesus was the original Occupy Wall Street protester
    http://moraloutrage.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/4540/

  3. […] information about the Golden Calf march can found at Golden Calf Spoofs Wall Street Bull: An Occupy Wall Street Video Related Wilderside […]

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