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12/18/2012 (2 years ago)

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Reverend says that billboard tries to humanize Jesus

The idea is as unconventional as it is uninspired and obvious. The Church of St. Matthew in Auckland, New Zealand has put up a billboard that implies Jesus was homosexual. The image shows the baby Jesus lying in a manger with a rainbow halo - the rainbow being the symbol of the modern homosexual rights movement, with the slogan "It's Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out."

According to the Reverend Glynn Cardy, the billboards are intended to 'lift' the humanity of Jesus. The reverend says the billboard is asking the faithful if anything would have changed if Jesus had been gay.

According to the Reverend Glynn Cardy, the billboards are intended to "lift" the humanity of Jesus. The reverend says the billboard is asking the faithful if anything would have changed if Jesus had been gay.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/18/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Billboard, homosexual, Christmas, Jesus, New Zealand


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The controversial billboards are on display throughout Auckland.

According to the Reverend Glynn Cardy, the billboards are intended to "lift" the humanity of Jesus. The reverend says the billboard is asking the faithful if anything would have changed if Jesus had been gay.

"The fact is we don't know what his sexual orientation was," the reverend says.

The church is certainly no stranger to controversy as last year it put up billboards showing the Virgin Mary looking shocked at the results of a pregnancy test. An angry protestor tore that particular advertisement down.

Cardy was satisfied that the billboard had already gone viral on the Internet by that time, being seen by millions around the world before it was ton down.

"In the internet age though the image will be out there forever. They can do what they want to it."

Reverend Cardy wishes to remind others that homosexuality was not a word until the 1800s and any mention of it in the Bible or other documents would have mistranslations.

Fellow Reverend Clay Nelson said the billboard tries to humanize Jesus by getting people to think about the challenges he would have had growing up.

 "Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay," Nelson says.

"But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?

"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."

A similar billboard provoked outrage in the United Kingdom. The gay lobby group, Stonewall, had a bus poster campaign stating "Some people are gay. Get over it.

In one clear instance, at least one Christian bus driver from Rotherham left a bus-full of angry passengers waiting as he would not drive a bus with the banner on the side.

Earlier this year, London Mayor Boris Johnson blocked a Christian group from running a "Not gay and proud: Get over it" campaign on London buses.

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