Saint Pauls Episcopal church unveiled the paintings in February which depict Jesus Christ as a prisoner of war and as a hostage tortured by insurgents.
The crowds in the scene are refugees, while the people weeping at the foot of the cross are grieving Iraqis and Americans who have lost family members in the war.
Reverend Elena Barnum says most parishioners have been enthusiastic about the paintings, but some conservative Christians call saying their church is taking a military stance.
Barnum claims the church is not, and that the individuals who phone in are usually misinformed about what the paintings are.
But the paintings are getting support from at least one high- level U.S. official. Barnum says a senior officer in the U.S. military found the paintings inspiring, telling her, For someone to place Christs walk to the cross [like that] is healing I thought I would never know.
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