‘Poor Joseph’ advertisement provokes worldwide fury
An Anglican church in Aukland New Zealand has come up with this advertisement to celebrate Christmas. And the reverberations have been global.
According to its website, St Matthew-in-the-City ‘enjoys thinking outside the box, exploring innovative liturgy, progressive ideas and topical issues’.
Well, they’ve hit fool's gold with this tripe. It is so far ‘outside the box’ that they have lost sight of the divine mission cuboid.
Their purpose is aimed at ‘challenging stereotypes’ about the birth of Jesus Christ.
The advertisement has been condemned as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘disrespectful’. But St Matthew-in-the-City is ‘an inclusive church’, which means, they say ‘that all are welcome to attend, and that all are welcome to receive communion no matter what church or faith (if any) they are from.’
Excellent. A church which gives the body and blood of Christ to the unrepentant degenerate and the idolatrous unregenerate. This is part of their ‘progressive Christianity’, which explains the provenance of the advertisement.
The church's vicar, Archdeacon Glynn Cardy, said the aim of the billboard had been to lampoon the literal interpretation of the Christmas conception story. He said: "What we're trying to do is to get people to think more about what Christmas is all about. 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?"
Who, pray, believes that God ‘sent down sperm’?
Lyndsay Freer, spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, said the poster was offensive to Christians. She said: "Our Christian tradition of 2,000 years is that Mary remains a virgin and that Jesus is the son of God, not Joseph."
It is perhaps unsurprising that the Roman Catholic Church finds this advertisement particularly offensive, for it is a direct assault on their ‘ever virgin’ belief, to which Cranmer does not subscribe. He happens to believe that Mary and Joseph would have enjoyed a perfectly normal, regular and healthy sex life, and as a consequence Jesus undoubtedly had siblings. The descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob tend not to have the hang-ups and complexes about sex which have so bedevilled much of the Christian world through the syncretised Hellenistic obsession with separating the spirit from the flesh.
Archdeacon Glynn Cardy and St Matthew-in-the-City have got their much-longed-for debate. But it is not about the miracle of the Christ-child and the wonder that God became man: it is not edifying and does not in any sense bring glory to God. It is a tawdry, crude and gratuitously offensive ejaculation which resonates with a sex-obsessed age and lacks only used condoms strewn over the duvet in a Tracey Emin fashion.
And Cranmer can hardly wait for a billboard showing Mohammed in bed with the nine-year-old Aisha...