Ecclesiastical Exhibitionism Down Under
Well, it’s that time of year again. That beautiful time when trees are decorated, carols are sung, gifts are exchanged, and St. Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland, New Zealand gets its blasphemy on:
St Matthews-in-the-City has raised their new billboard outside the church. “This year we invited discussion and debate on the sexual orientation of Jesus” say St Matthew’s clergy Rev Glynn Cardy and Rev Clay Nelson.
The billboard depicts the Baby Jesus in his crib with a halo of rainbow colours. For Clay Nelson it presents the challenge to think about Jesus as fully human whose growing up would have involved the same range of character possibilities, and even sexuality, as the rest of us. “Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay” says Nelson. “But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?”
Cardy asks what Jesus would have said about New Zealand’s current debate on gay marriage. “There is almost nothing in the record of his teachings about sexuality while there is plenty about the perils of being rich. Certainly he always supported the marginalized in society”.
Here is said billboard:
This kind of nonsense has become an annual indulgence for St. Matthew:
St. Matthew’s has a history of posting controversial, publicity-seeking billboards around Christmas time. Last year the church offered a posting of the Virgin Mary holding a positive pregnancy test and covering her mouth.
In 2009 they offered passers by a billboard of Mary in bed with Joseph and the caption, “Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow.”
So does anyone know how much it costs in New Zealand to make such a public announcement of apostasy?
(Via the Daily Caller.)
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