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Outrage over hand grenade Christmas ornaments
The Local (Sweden) ^ | 12 Dec 11 08:22 CET

Posted on 12/12/2011 9:11:30 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin

A decision by the Swedish Army Museum (Armémuseum) to raise money for charity by selling hand grenade-shaped Christmas tree ornaments has sparked a storm of criticism from disgusted visitors.

“Quite simply I think it's distasteful, especially if they are raising money for charity. This is a museum frequented by children and it's hard to explain to them why there are hand grenades in the Christmas trees,” visitor Elinor Lindeborg told Sveriges Television (SVT).

“This is an Army Museum, but should still try to highlight a non-war perspective.”

Lindeborg and others have reacted to the Stockholm-based Army Museum's efforts to raise money for anti-poverty and disaster relief charity Christian Aid by selling Christmas tree orbs that look like hand grenades.

“Support Christian Aid and their work for peace and against poverty by buying our Christmas ornaments which are a subtle reminder of those who are less fortunate than we are during the holiday season,” the museum says on its website in promoting the initiative.

“How in Lord's name can they come up with such ans idiotic idea to make Christmas tree balls shaped like hand grenades? Sick! Shameful,” another upset woman told Sveriges Radio programme Ring P1.

Despite the criticism, the museum said it has no plans to pull the hand grenade ornaments.

“I can understand that people react, especially if they has been in a war situations themselves, but we've chosen to focus on seeing that proceeds go to a charitable cause,” the museum's division head Helena Martinsson told the Expressen newspaper.

She added that response has been positive for the most part.

“Having a decoration like this on the tree can get people to reflect on how good we have it here in Sweden and that there are people who have it much worse,” said Martinsson.

“It could be the topic of an interesting conversation over Christmas.”


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To: DeaconBenjamin
even better than hand grenade ornaments

delicious hand grenades


21 posted on 12/12/2011 9:45:42 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: freedomlover

Pull the pin; count, “One, two, five...,” and throw it at the Saracens.


22 posted on 12/12/2011 9:48:19 AM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Is anybody still manufacturing the pineapple style hand grenades?


23 posted on 12/12/2011 9:49:15 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

A Møøse once bit my sister ...


24 posted on 12/12/2011 9:49:39 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
“Quite simply I think it's distasteful, especially if they are raising money for charity. This is a museum frequented by children and it's hard to explain to them why there are hand grenades in the Christmas trees,”

Is it really hard to say, "Those are hand grenades. They are on the Christmas tree, because this is a military museum and the inclusion of an explosive device provides a witty statement on the duality of man."

Or the shorter version:
"Because its funny."

25 posted on 12/12/2011 9:57:32 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Thou shall count till Three...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrgLj9lOwk


26 posted on 12/12/2011 10:38:58 AM PST by trotskylvalia (where nose meets the grindstone)
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To: Donkey Odious

That’s the Willie Pete limited edition....


27 posted on 12/12/2011 11:23:56 AM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I'm guessing this would be an accepted ornament on a Christmas tree, with little or no outrage:


28 posted on 12/12/2011 11:28:25 AM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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