Outrage in Oz over Islamic Jesus poster

FOLLOWING our report yesterday on the reinstatement of an HIV awareness ad that had briefly been banned in Australia comes the news that that a Catholic bishop is demanding the removal of billboards proclaiming Jesus as “a prophet of Islam”.

The brainchild of an outfit called Mypeace, the ad campaign is apparently aimed at provoking discussion and attracting followers to the religion of peace.

But it has so far succeeded only in winding up devout Christians – in particular the auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Julian Porteous, who described the campaign as a direct assault on Christianity.

In Australia with its Christian heritage a billboard carrying the statement ‘Jesus A prophet of Islam’ is provocative and offensive to Christians. Central to Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ is more than a prophet. He is the Son of God. He is acclaimed Lord and Saviour of humanity.

The bishop also believes that the campaign has the potential to damage relations between the Christian church and the Muslim community.

It is important that religions do not set out to antagonise those with differing beliefs. This would threaten the social harmony which we enjoy in Australia. Dialogue between the religions can only take place when it is founded in mutual respect. It is not fostered by provocative statements.

He blathered on:

For the sake of preserving social harmony and respect between major world religions these billboards should be withdrawn, along with others which carry messages directly offensive to Christians.

Despite one of the billboards being vandalised within 24 hours of its launch, has announced the campaign will now be extended beyond the original four weeks.

Meanwhile we learn that one of the HIV awareness ads has also been vandalised in Brisbane by some intolerant tosser who scrawled the words “kill ’em all” on it.

Hat tip: Marcus & Bill Murray (for the HIV ad update)

23 responses to “Outrage in Oz over Islamic Jesus poster”

  1. barriejohn says:

    What a hypocrite! Other people have to “respect” his beliefs, but he doesn’t have to respect theirs!

  2. barriejohn says:

    Example of Christians “respecting” the beliefs of others:

  3. Daz says:

    I love to see ’em arguing between themselves. Makes me want to get popcorn…

    Can we get some Jews to point out that the Christians stole their religion, and that considering Jesus the be the messiah is ‘insulting’ to them?

  4. Robert Stovold says:

    “All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers” John 10:8
    Nice bit of ‘respect’ there, Jesus!

    And for a biblical take on social harmony, chack out Luke 12:51
    “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”

  5. Broga says:

    Again a failure of communication by the omniscient and omnipotent God/Allah. No one knows what It wants, the confusion is endless, and all the followers are convinced, as they contradict each other, that they understand the message. And those who don’t understand the message, and who differ from that which convinces them all in different ways, deserve to be kicked to bits.

    Is it any wonder that the world is in such a mess. So many people focussing on so much nonsense while real and pressing problems, overpopulation for example, remain unresolved.

  6. JohnB says:

    Quite amazing! Has this Oz vicar not noticed that Jesus is one of the 25 prophets of Islam mentioned in the Muslim Magic Book? So, nothing new! It’s a bit late, now, to start getting scratchy – you’re 1.5 millennia too late, Julian.

    Also – it’s a bit rich to hear, in the same statement, reference to Australia’s “Christian heritage”, and the “social harmony” enjoyed in Australia. So, did that “Christian heritage” have nothing to do with the systematic slaughter (amounting to an attempt at ethnic cleansing) of the indigenous (aboriginal) Australians over a couple of centuries? That was hardly “social harmony”. Remember, too, that the disharmony has lasted right up to the present day: it’s less than 1 year since the first Australian (Ken Wyatt) of indigenous descent took his seat in the Oz House of Representatives.

  7. JohnB says:

    Well, Daz, that’s a difficult one … because this wily God-Squadder has kept his options open. He’s not JUST complaining that Jesus has been demeaned by the assertion that he’s a Prophet of the rival mob. He’s also complaining about the underselling of Jesus – ‘cos Jesus “is more than a prophet. He is the Son of God”. To be fair, none of the Old Testament Jews ever claimed that sort of “extra status” for any of their prophets. No – these Christians have cornered the market in debate. All they have to do is shout “Jesus is/was God/Son of God” – and the argument’s over. Or so they think … !!!

  8. Justin says:

    Is there anything that isn’t offensive to Xtians? I’m happy living in Australia but the one problem I have is that people here are completely under the impression that they have the right not to be offended.

    There are far too many people who think that society should be sanitized to their specifications to ensure no one sees, hears, smells, feels or tastes anything they don’t like.

    It isn’t just this particular Bishop who would hold this view, he would have a legion of people, who themselves might not even be religious, who would think this should come down.

  9. Psychodiva says:

    we need to trump them all with a few Zoroastrians

  10. Daz says:

    Justin, the question is, is there anything that Christians can’t twist to make themselves feel righteously offended by? They’re just not happy unless they can find an excuse to feel persecuted.

  11. Daz says:

    Ah well, if it’s in the Mail it must be true.

    Memo to self: Stop persecuting them by asking awkward questions like ‘can you prove that?’

  12. remigius says:

    I can see how this nonsense started…and I have a solution.

    Throughout the New Testament the Jesus always referred to himself as ‘The Son of Man’, never ‘The Son of God’. Even at his trial beore the Sanheddrin. What he was saying is he’s not the Messiah, just a very naug prophet.

    The Moslems have a different stance. Whenever the Jesus (Esa or Isa) is mentioned in the Koran it always states that he IS the Messiah!

    So. All the chistians have to do is say the Bible is wrong and the Koran is correct. And all the moslems have to do is say the Koran is wrong and the Bible is correct. That way the christians can cite scripture that proves he is the Messiah, and the moslems can cite scripture that proves he aint. Everyone’s happy.


    …no wait. Hang on a minute.

  13. remigius says:

    And before you pedantic bastards point out my typo in the second paragraph..there never was an f in trial before the Sanheddrin!

    I did loose an s though. Kindles got small buttons. I got fat fingers. ‘Scuse.

  14. AshDev says:

    “along with others which carry messages directly offensive to Christians.”

    Always makes me want to be a fly on the wall whenever an “Interfaith dialogue” takes place. Presumably they all have to be careful not to trott out one of the basic tenets of their beliefs that just happens to also be totally blasphemous to one of the other faiths.

  15. The Woggler says:

    “…Australia with its Christian heritage…”

    Given they were there tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of years before the Christians cooked their first barbie on the beach, surely Australia’s heritage is mainly Aboriginal.

  16. Broga says:

    @The Woggler: The Aboriginies don’t count because: a. they are not christians; 2. they are not white.

    As for christian heritage I seem to remember that in The Fatal Shore, historically factual, a christian priest would be present to watch convicts being flogged till the skin was ripped from their backs and their backbones showed. Five hundred lashes, with a heavy whip, has that effect.

  17. Bill Murray says:

    The first Christian minister here was a bloke called Samuel Marsden – he was known as the “Flogging Parson” for his savagery. We started, as everyone knows, as a penal colony, and a more savage and brutal existence would be hard to imagine – but everyone had to go to church each week. Not something I would call attention to if I were a Christian.

    On the “Australia is a Christian country” tripe, I certainly agree it is tripe, but have to point out that ‘Australia’ as a nation is only about 100 years old. We federated from colonies in 1901. Before european settlement (or invasion if you prefer) a couple of hundred years ago, there were many, many nations, so Australia simply didn’t exist as an entity before that. Of course, as a bloody big chunk of land it did, just not by that name or as a single concept.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Thanks Bill!

    I see that there is a school named after this creature in Wellington.

  19. Broga says:

    @Bill Murray/Barriejohn: Thanks to you both. This devil was a member of the Christian Missionary Society was he? Even at this distance in time the sadism and savagery of this christian chills my blood. He seemed to be a fat, well fed scoundrel as well from the picture. I suppose as a good christian minister no one thought to stop him in his unrestrained sadism.

    I don’t suppose he will get a eulogising couple of minutes on Thought for the Day.

  20. barriejohn says:

    Regarding TFTD, tonight’s again concerns circumcision, but this time presented by someone who is opposed to the practice (at least where children are concerned):

    Last night’s can be watched if you follow the link.

  21. Stonyground says:

    Regarding the fly on the wall thing. There is a show called ‘Beyond Belief’ that is broadcast on and off at 4:30pm Mondays on Radio 4. A group if disparate god botherers sit round a table and discuss a pre-determined subject from the perspective of each guy’s beliefs. such is the level of stupidity that sometimes it is laugh out loud funny.