Thursday, May 3

Wondrous Ways


Indianapolis Star

Signs spark biblical debate about homosexuality

Church's billboards that contend Bible approves of gays attract vandals and a countercampaign

By Robert King
robert.king@indystar.com
April 27, 2007

The billboard claims "Jesus affirmed a gay couple."
A vandal's own statement -- the words "Lie, lie, lie" spray-painted in red -- delivered an opposing view above them.
In some ways, the argument in giant letters above an Eastside street reflects society's ongoing argument over homosexuality -- on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to gay clergy.
The discussion just got more intense in Indianapolis where 22 billboards and 1,000 yard signs went up recently as part of a campaign based on the premise that the Bible approves of gays and lesbians.


THE curious thing--for me, anyway--is that here vandalizing a billboard engenders, in the Star, a debate over "the issues" (including a sidebar exegesis on the relevant Biblical texts, but none on, say, whether defacing someone else's billboard constitutes covetousness, or theft) whereas when two of my wife's former students were caught a couple years ago with paint and a "Bush=Hitler" stencil, having defaced a Bush/Cheney billboard, the only debate that sparked in the pages of the Star was whether they'd get jail time or community service.

4 comments:

M. Bouffant said...

The depths of hypocrisy can never be fully plumbed.

Donna said...

reminds me of graffiti I saw before the war began "who would Jesus bomb?".
Slamming these hypocrits with their own, supposed, religion is a pretty good tactic.

palolo lolo said...

Saw a lovely bumper sticker on a car,driven by a military man;" I'd
rather hunt with Dick than have
Hillary as my Prez"

punkinsmom said...

vandals and a countercampaign

Vandals and a countercampaign? Don't they mean vandals AS a countercampaign?