Parishioners complained to the rector, Reverend Jonathan Evans, about the subject matter of the sculpture, which intended to be the centerpiece of [the third annual] "Stations of the Cross" charity art auction [...]
Rev. Evans expressed disappointment in the removal of the statue, appearing to take a philosophical view on the work. "For me, 'Stormtrooper Crucifixion' raises similar questions to those which C.S. Lewis raised in his science fiction trilogy -- that, were other races to exist on other planets, would Christ be incarnated among those races in order to die for their salvation?"
The artist seemed not to reflect as directly on Christ as an inspiration for the work: "This is a crucified Stormtrooper and has nothing to do with religion," said Callanan. "It [was] not a method of capital punishment reserved for the Son of God.The piece being taken down is a sign of the times. The offended few out-voice the supportive / pleased many," he said. "I think churchgoers should be more vocal about the abuse that many children worldwide have had to go through, rather than a piece of science fiction cult art."
In case you were wondering what kind of art is considered appropriate at a crucifixion-themed art show in a church, here are some that were not removed: