via The Guardian
A New Zealand church has sparked outrage by erecting a billboard depicting Mary and Joseph lying semi-nude beneath the sheets.
In an unorthodox take on the Christmas tale, the billboard depicts a forlorn Joseph and Mary looking to the sky with a caption which reads: “Poor Joseph. God is a hard act to follow.”
The St Matthew-in-the-City church said it wanted to inspire people to talk about the Christmas story.
But within five hours of the billboard going up in downtown Auckland a man was standing on his car roof painting over the raunchy image.
Archdeacon Glynn Cardy said the church meant to challenge a fundamentalist interpretation of Christ’s birth.