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Dutch leave messages on God phone


In art exhibition opening in the Netherlands will allow people to call a telephone number designated for God – but they will have to leave a message, according to the BBC.

quotemarksright.jpgDubbed God’s Hotline, it aims to focus attention on changes to the ways Dutch people perceive religion.

Dutch artist Johan van der Dong chose a mobile phone number to show that God was available anywhere and anytime, Radio Netherlands reported.

Critics say the project mocks those with religious beliefs.

Forming part of an art installation in the town of Groningen, the voicemail message says: “This is the voice of God, I am not able to speak to you at the moment, but please leave a message.”

Although the hotline is officially launched on Saturday, the phone number has been active for the past week, with 1,000 messages left on the answerphone.

But the messages are to remain confidential and will not form part of the art project.

Van der Dong told Radio Netherlands: “I’m not a pastor, I’m an artist and I won’t listen to the messages.

“It’s a secret between the Lord and the people who are calling.” quotesmarksleft.jpg

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