Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

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Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

#1  Postby Kiwi » Dec 14, 2011 4:55 am

It seems traditional now for this church to come up with billboards which provoke discussion, here's their latest !

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St Matthew's vicar Glynn Cardy talks about the latest controversial billboard his church has erected. Auckland's most provocative church is at it again with a billboard showing Jesus' mother Mary staring at a positive pregnancy test. St Matthew's, also responsible for the well-known Gay-Dar billboard and another suggesting God was good in bed, has placed the new version outside its central city church in a move, it says, is designed to highlight the fact that Christmas is a tough time for many people. Erected yesterday, it shows Mary staring at a home pregnancy test which reveals she is pregnant.

In a statement, Vicar Glynn Cardy and priest associate Clay Nelson said Christmas was about "a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child. It's about real anxiety, courage and hope". "Regardless of any premonition, that discovery would have been shocking. Mary was unmarried, young, and poor. This pregnancy would shape her future. She was certainly not the first woman in this situation or the last." The church said the billboard was aimed at provoking conversation and have asked people to submit their captions for the image. Cardy told Auckland Now it was about highlighting the fact that Christmas was a tough time for many people who suffered through a lack of money, poor health or violence.

"The point is really to get the season focussed on Jesus and on the reality of his birth and some of the anxieties that his mother felt and the real situation of people who are in poverty like his family were." He hoped it inspired people to be more generous. The church had not received any negative feedback so far and he expected it would remain that way. "I don't see it as particularly controversial," he said. "It's just a way of communicating those things." Cardy said the church's sometimes-controversial billboard campaign served a purpose.

"I think anything that provokes discussion about what the meaning of the Christian faith is, I mean that's our goal, is to provoke people to think about meaning." Earlier this year the church caused an uproar when it erected a "Gay-Dar" billboard which challenged the Anglican Church to stop discriminating against gays and lesbians.
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In 2009, its billboard showed Mary lying in bed next to Jesus with a caption which read "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow".
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It also put up a billboard in April challenging the perception that all Christians were the same, following a complaint by the Anglican Church over a Hell Pizza ad.


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Re: Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

#2  Postby Sityl » Dec 14, 2011 5:12 am

God couldn't have been that tough of an act to follow, she didn't even feel it...
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#3  Postby Matt8819 » Dec 14, 2011 5:14 am

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Re: Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

#4  Postby byofrcs » Dec 14, 2011 5:23 am

"Christmas is a tough time for many people. ", in NZ, at Christmas ? It's the middle of Summer; Beach or Bach ? Jesus, that's tough.
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#5  Postby sennekuyl » Dec 14, 2011 5:24 am

It would be awesome if they started using profiles that were likely to be around in the Middle East.
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#6  Postby Kiwi » Dec 14, 2011 5:28 am

Yes, like this for example ?

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#7  Postby sennekuyl » Dec 14, 2011 5:43 am

Hmmm.... I was thinking a lot more cloth, darker skin but I am not sure what the profile actually is except that Joseph Mary and Jesus shouldn't look so ... white. Someone may show that the traditional iconography is correct.
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Re: Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

#8  Postby Beatrice » Dec 14, 2011 6:11 am

byofrcs wrote:"Christmas is a tough time for many people. ", in NZ, at Christmas ? It's the middle of Summer; Beach or Bach ? Jesus, that's tough.


Actually yes! It's very tough! I miss the snow! :whine:
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Re: Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

#9  Postby Onyx8 » Dec 14, 2011 8:52 pm

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Re: Mary's pregnancy test - billboard in Auckland

#10  Postby sennekuyl » Dec 14, 2011 9:13 pm

Improves conception rates.
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#11  Postby Made of Stars » Dec 14, 2011 9:58 pm

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"But, but, I swallowed..."

Just demonstrates the perils of playing with omnipotent sperm. :coffee:
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#12  Postby Precambrian Rabbi » Dec 14, 2011 10:28 pm

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Virgin Mary's preg test

#13  Postby Elena » Dec 15, 2011 3:16 am


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New billboard depicts Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy test

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A controversial new billboard shows the Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy test with a "positive" reading.
The billboard, called "Mary is in the pink," was purchased by the St. Matthews-in-the-City Church in Auckland, New Zealand.
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#14  Postby Lucy Wiggin » Dec 15, 2011 3:20 am

That's just weird.
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Re: Virgin Mary's preg test

#15  Postby Sovereign » Dec 15, 2011 4:46 pm

Then they should do a billboard of Joseph getting told that he is not the father.
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Re: Virgin Mary's preg test

#16  Postby trubble76 » Dec 15, 2011 4:48 pm

And one of the uncle or whatever that fucked her, looking nervous.
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#17  Postby Shrunk » Dec 15, 2011 5:08 pm

Here's one of their previous efforts:

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I'm not sure what their objectives are, but I approve of their methods.

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According to the accompanying story:

The church's vicar, Archdeacon Glynn Cardy, said the aim of the billboard had been to lampoon the literal interpretation of the Christmas conception story.

"What we're trying to do is to get people to think more about what Christmas is all about," he told the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA).

"Is it about a spiritual male God sending down sperm so a child would be born, or is it about the power of love in our midst as seen in Jesus?"


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#18  Postby BrandySpears » Dec 15, 2011 5:14 pm

Good for them. Raising awareness of teen pregnancies.
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#19  Postby Paul G » Dec 15, 2011 5:21 pm

"What we're trying to do is to get people to think more about what Christmas is all about," he told the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA).

"Is it about a spiritual male God sending down sperm so a child would be born, or is it about the power of love in our midst as seen in Jesus?"

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#20  Postby Strontium Dog » Dec 15, 2011 5:46 pm

Sovereign wrote:Then they should do a billboard of Joseph getting told that he is not the father.


Please please please somebody Photoshop up a picture of Mary and Joseph getting DNA test results from Maury Povich.
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