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New Zealand Church's 'GayDar" Billboard Vandalized


St. Matthew Church in Auckland, New Zealand, last Friday installed a "GayDar" billboard to protest the Anglican Communion's ongoing discrimination of LGBT clergy.

"As used by the Anglican Church to assess potential priests," reads the board,which features a cross as the "Gay-O-Meter." Not surprisingly, local opponents took it upon themselves this weekend to desecrate the Church's advert and steal the aforementioned cross.

But St. Matthew's remains undeterred, and the congregation plans to repair the broken board.

"I'm not sure what the cost will be. We were able to recover the cross and I think it can be mended. So if that's the case, it won't cost too much," said the church's spokesperson, Clay Nelson. "From our history with billboards, we're not surprised when someone decides to debate by vandalism. But that's not going to stop us. We're going to keep at it."

St. Matthews has previously erected billboards challenging strict interpretation of the Bible, including one that showed a disappointed Joseph in bed with the Virgin Mary and the line, "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow."

That particular advert was meant to open people's eyes to the true meaning of Christmas. Said Archdeacon Glynn Cardy at the time, "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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  1. As bad as the vandalism is, if this church were anywhere in the USA, the entire place would have been burned to the ground long ago.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 4, 2011 11:37:10 AM

  2. well, good. the colors are out of order; pink needs to be near red, and the blue near the almost gay is the same color as the 'straight' blue. heteros should not be trusted with things like this.

    Posted by: Trey | Jul 4, 2011 12:41:05 PM

  3. St. Matthew Church is saying to members of clergy everywhere, "whether you like it or not, it ain't gonna stop, 'cause I got you on my GAYdar!" [to loosely quote Britney Spears] :)

    I much admire their fighting spirit and positive attitude in light of people raining on their (Pride) parade.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 4, 2011 6:36:40 PM

  4. Wow, so there's actually a church I would consider attending despite my atheism? Amazing!

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 4, 2011 10:04:32 PM

  5. This makes me want to think about how my local Episcopal parish could protest discrimination against LGBT clergy in the wider Anglican communion. On the other hand, our small mission parish (and another parish that merged with it) has had gay clergy on and off for years. It's so normal to us that reading about discrimination elsewhere is a shock.

    Posted by: ginny gibbs | Jul 5, 2011 2:48:56 AM

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