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Billboard Shows Joseph and Mary in Bed — Love It or Leave It?

If you've ever wondered how Mary — a virgin — could give birth to Jesus, you're not alone. A group of progressive Christians at New Zealand's St. Matthew in the City church are trying to look past the superficial magic of biblical miracles and into the deeper spiritual truths. They put up this billboard, which uses a literal interpretation of the Christmas story, to imagine what Joseph must have felt after God impregnated Mary. Glynn Cardy, the Archdeacon of St. Matthew, explained the purpose:

"The Christmas billboard outside St Matthew-in-the-City lampoons literalism and invites people to think again about what a miracle is. Is the miracle a male God sending forth his divine sperm, or is the miracle that God is and always has been among the poor?"

But not everyone is so open to this message, and one critic actually partially painted over the billboard. No matter what you think about it, I'm sure we can all agree that billboard Mary and Joseph need to check out our tips on how to avoid a holiday sex slump.

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PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
This is truly bad taste.
C-Ruth C-Ruth 7 years
Do NOT like.
diy diy 7 years
Janneth: I completely agree! This is not only offensive and a slap in the face of Christians/Catholics, but an extreme example of hypocricy. We're constantly being trained on the many religions and faiths and practicing polical correctness when greeting people around the holiday season and yet the Christian faith seems to be the punching bag for jokes. Oh yes and...MERRY CHRISTMAS!
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
good sex = conception?
CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 7 years
I believe Mary, Joseph and Jesus were imperfect. But this is still offensive.
janneth janneth 7 years
Very offensive. You can no longer make jokes about different ethnicities or races, women, Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, sexual orientation minorities. And rightly so. But it's still open season on Christians, especially Catholics.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
Exceptionally bad taste.
nicklover nicklover 7 years
Honestly, I thought it was pretty damn funny.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
completely offensive.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 7 years
Oh New Zealand, stop embarrassing me. ;) Sigh.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Leave it. I'm a Catholic, but I'm kind of a lazy one, and this isn't so much offensive to me as it is weird. I ask Mary to pray for me, I really don't want to think about her having sex.
merie33 merie33 7 years
Leave it. I'm not religious by any means, (was raised so, but not so much now) but this is really in bad taste and I'm kind of shocked that it came from a church.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
Leave it. I'm just as liberal as the next person but this is tasteless.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Do not like. : (
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
:)
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