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For the sake of preserving social harmony and respect between major world religions these billboards should be withdrawn, along with others which carry messages directly offensive to Christians.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