It’s almost summer, and temperatures are rising in most parts of the country. To beat the heat, many people turn to cool treats such as ice cream or ice pops. But a New York artist has created a icy concoction to which Catholics — and anyone respectful of religion, for that matter — would give the cold shoulder. 

CNN reported on its Belief blog that Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz has created “Christian Popsicles” using frozen wine that the artist claims was “inadvertantly blessed by a priest” after Errazuriz concealed in a cooler and brought it into a Catholic church. The ice pops also have a cross imprinted with an image of Jesus instead of the traditional wooden stick. 

He was to hand out 100 of the “Christian Popsicles” at a May 19 party celebrating New York Design Week. 

“What’s the point?” you may ask. Errazuriz said it was to raise awareness about religious extremism.  

“In the land of the free, it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure no one will ever force their beliefs on to others,” he told CNN. 

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, for one, doesn’t buy it. 

“I never heard of this guy until about 10 minutes ago, but I already know he is a bigot, a hypocrite and a rip-off artist,” he said in a May 18 statement.