A billboard put up outside an Auckland church has been labelled “weird” and “inappropriate”.
It shows the Virgin Mary clearly shocked as she looks at a positive pregnancy test – but it’s not the first time the church has courted controversy.
It’s supposed to be the Virgin Mary’s moment of epiphany.
“I think it’s really weird,” one person told 3 News. “I don’t think it’s that appropriate to have outside a church.”
“It’s weird, but not really offensive,” said another.
“Well, I obviously don’t agree with it being weird and creepy,” says Glynn Cardy, vicar at of St Matthew-in-the-City, who came up with the idea for the billboard.
“It’s trying to make people think about Christmas and to then think compassionately and kindly about people in a similar situation.”
When Glynn Cardy tells us it should make us think “kindly about people in a similar situation “, he has a point: there are pregnant virgins popping up all over the place these days.