Provacative St Matthews Christmas billboard destroyed
Sun, 18 Dec 2011 7:20a.m.
An angry Catholic protester armed with scissors has destroyed a church billboard depicting a shocked Virgin Mary holding a positive pregnancy test.
The billboard, outside St-Matthews-in-the-City Church on Hobson St in Auckland, has created controversy since going up this month.
Yesterday, Whangarei man and member of the Catholic Action Group Arthur Skinner was seen cutting down the poster, leaving it in tatters.
Mr Skinner says he is furious.
“Everyone knows instinctively, you don’t muck around with God’s mother. This is devil’s work. This is luciferian. The attack on the blessed virgin.”
The church had said the billboard aimed to “avoid the sentimental [and] trite” and “spark thought and conversation”.
St Matthews has caused controversy with numerous provocative billboards in recent years.
In 2009, their Christmas billboard showed Mary and Joseph in bed with the tag line, “Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow.”
This year Vicar Glynn Cardy says St Matthews wanted to focus on what it was like for a real mother with a real child.
The church’s website says the billboard had purposely been left blank of any text.
“We hope to do so with an image and no words. We invite you to wonder what your caption might be.”
The billboard was planned to stay up until Christmas Day.
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20/12/2011 1:20:00 a.m.
All Christians who know their bible (except the irreverend Mr Carty at St Matthew's in the City) know that Mary said, "for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him
from generation to generation". So Mr Carty would do well to think on who he lampoons ... maybe God will show mercy to him.
19/12/2011 8:12:20 p.m.
How stupid this isn't blasphemy it's not even offensive. It just shows the Anglican Church are having a laugh at themselves while getting people to think. Next time put your billboard up higher but keep up the good work St Matthews!!
19/12/2011 6:49:04 p.m.
lynne perkins wrote:
Was the content of this billboard absolutely necessary.Xmas is a time of giving not a time of contraversy.
19/12/2011 4:52:18 p.m.
What's new? The protestants have been offending the Mother of God, and therefore her son, since Luther's times. God on you Arthur Skinner for sticking up for what's right, something that today's modern "Catholics" very seldom do...
19/12/2011 4:39:26 p.m.
Arthur Skinner should be less concerned about a picture from another church than the vast number of child abusing priests in his own corrupt church. What does he have to say about that?
19/12/2011 2:17:05 p.m.
Organized religion promotes intolerance, so does militant atheism.
19/12/2011 1:35:44 p.m.
God is just Santa for ignorant adults....
19/12/2011 11:35:21 a.m.
Religion fosters intolerance. And this Government wants to give state funds to religious organisations to setup schools to promulgate this intolerance. Keep state funds away from religious organisations; keep religious organisations away from state schools.
19/12/2011 9:00:14 a.m.
Can anyone explain to me how showing sympathy for Mary as a mother, and sympathising with her shock at being pregnant, is 'blasphemous'?
I've never understood the Catholic claim that Mary is divine anyway - and would like them to find any scripture to back it up - she's a sinner, chosen for a purpose like the rest of us, entirely separate from the child she bore. Thus, even if this billboard was offensive, it's still not blasphemous in my view.
I could understand (but disagree with) the outrage with previous billboards, but when I saw this one I was moved... It is a beautiful, thoughtful, humanising image of a woman in shock after her world has been turned upside down. Again, what is blasphemous about this?
The extremist Catholics involved here need to realise that people have different views, and be tolerant of them. This was in no way attacking their God or their faith, and they've just made fools (and criminals) of themselves for nothing. Pick your battles!
Charge that man with wilful damage.
19/12/2011 5:40:09 a.m.
Reginald Selkirk wrote:
"People are getting to the point where they cannot take these outrageous blasphemies any longer."
If Jesus or any other deity is offended, he can file a court order for defamation. Until then, You and Mr. Skinner can stop acting on behalf of your imaginary friends.
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