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Church criticizes entertainment program on Good Friday

The final episode of Iceland’s Funniest Man will be held on Good Friday. Members of the church have criticized the decision to air the program then as Good Friday is a holy day to Christians.

“This is one of very few holidays that is still protected by law and there is no reason to disrespect it,” Geir Waage, priest in Reykholt, west Iceland, told Fréttabladid.

Iceland is officially a Lutheran state and therefore major Christian holidays are officially recognized.

“I think this is totally tactless; people are actually shooting themselves in the foot with this,” said Hjálmar Jónsson, priest at Reykjavík Cathedral.

“I don’t see anything inappropriate about Iceland’s funniest man being crowned on the same day that Christ was given his crown,” said Oddur Eysteinn Fridriksson, organizer of Iceland’s Funniest Man.

“I’m sure he would have come himself if he hadn’t been a little tied up,” Fridriksson added.

Fridriksson pointed out that Good Friday is one of the most popular movie days of the year. Traditionally people go the movies or to performances on this day, he said.

The final episode of Icelandic talent contest X-Factor will also be held on this day. According to director of Channel 2 Pálmi Gudmundsson, the scheduling is a coincidence.

Gudmundsson said the organizers of the show had contacted the office of the Bishop in Iceland and the Church Council about showing the final episode of X-Factor on Good Friday and they were not opposed to it.

“The meaning of the day has changed with time,” Gudmundsson explained.

According to law, Good Friday is a church holiday. Entertainment at public venues is prohibited, but art exhibitions, concerts, plays and movies are allowed.

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