A billboard in Auckland, New Zealand
urges baby Jesus to come out gay this Christmas season.
The billboard was erected by the Church
of St. Matthew in the City.
“It's Christmas. Time for Jesus to
come out,” the sign reads alongside an image of baby Jesus with a
rainbow halo. Rainbows have been used to symbolize being gay.
Reverend Glynn Cardy, who put up the
billboard, said the sign asks whether it would change anything for
the faithful if Jesus had been gay.
“The fact is we don't know what his
sexual orientation was,” Cardy
is quoted as saying by media.
Reverend Clay Nelson added: “Some
scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay.
But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?”
“There is almost nothing on 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,” he added.
The church faced controversy last year
when it erected a billboard of a shocked Virgin Mary looking at the
results of a pregnancy test.