Mary Takes A Pregnancy Test In Controversial Church Ad
Reverend: "She Was Certainly Not The First Woman In This Situation, Or The Last"
Outrage of biblical proportions has erupted in New Zealand over a church billboard depicting the Virgin Mary taking a pregnancy test. No word yet on what her results were.
Those crazy Kiwis at St. Matthew's church in Auckland are at it again, and this time they've put the Virgin Mary smack dab in the middle of modern motherhood. The Renaissance painting-style billboard (seen above) shows Jesus' mom with one hand over her mouth while the other holds a pregnancy test.
Needless to say, the depiction has not gone over well with many Christians outside the Anglican church.
Angry comments left on the church website include those calling the image offensive, ignorant and blasphemous.
The church's vicar, Reverend Glynn Cardy, defended the billboard, saying, "Although the make-believe of Christmas is enjoyable, with tinsel, Santa, reindeer and carols, there are also some realities."
"It's about a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child," he said. " It's about real anxiety, courage and hope."
"Mary was unmarried, young and poor. She was certainly not the first woman in this situation or the last."
The church found itself in hot water for a similar Christmas billboard two years ago that showed Mary and Joseph in bed together, with the tagline, "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow."
Hey, it may be in the form of shock and anger, but at least St. Matthew's is putting some heat back in Christmas. Nothing like a little outrage to keep you warm over the holidays.